Killeen, TX — Patrick Warren Sr. was a loving father, husband, and pastor in his community whose life was taken from him earlier this month after his family called police for help. The family asked for a mental health expert, but according to their attorney, one was not available, so a Killeen cop showed up instead. Several minutes after showing up, the officer would kill Warren in his own front yard as Warren was unarmed.
The police department would take over a week to release the officers body camera footage showing the killing. This was likely due to the fact that it has been heavily edited and police added a plethora of commentary to persuade the viewer into believing the officer had no other choice but to kill the unarmed dad.
Originally, the shooting was captured on the family’s Ring doorbell camera as well as cellphone footage. However, the body camera — minus the police spin — shows the entire incident.
Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney who represents victims of police brutality across the country said that Warren’s family called police to ask for a mental health professional when they noticed changes in Warren’s behavior.
Police confirmed the family asked for a mental health professional and confirmed that their single mental health officer was off-duty at the time. So, Officer Reynaldo Contreras, a five-year department veteran, was sent to the home instead. Contreras had no experience in mental health calls.
The day before Warren was killed, the officer trained in mental health was able to get Warren to the hospital without incident. Sadly, the very next day, he would need help again, and that officer would not be available.
Merritt explained how the incident unfolded in a post to Twitter.
#PatrickWarrenSr was murdered by
. He was on his own property. He was unarmed. He was suffering a mental health crisis and simply needed help. Instead he was shot three times in his chest and tased. We demand the immediate arrest of this officer.
As the video shows, the officer rings the doorbell, then enters the home. Merritt explained that Warren then asked the officer to leave his home, which he does.
After the officer backs up into the yard, Warren walks outside as Contreras pulls his taser. Remember, Warren had not committed a crime and his family had only called police for help. Nevertheless, the officer escalates the situation when he could have simply gotten back in his car, walked away, or left.
When the officer tells Warren to get on the ground, Warren refuses and the officer tasers him. Though he falls to the ground temporarily, Warren pulls the taser prongs from his body and keeps walking toward the officer.
Warren’s children and wife are on the porch begging Warren to “sit down” but he does not.
Just as the family asks the officer not to shoot him, the cop fires multiple rounds into the unarmed man — killing him in his own front yard.
In the newly released video, police claim that the officer who just filled the unarmed man with holes, then tries to “help” him by screaming at him to roll over as he bleeds out.
“The family of Patrick Warren Sr. demands the immediate firing and arrest of the officer responsible for his death,” Merritt said in a press release. “Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza must be prepared to conduct an independent investigation and prosecution of this officer.”
However, this will likely not happen as police are already defending the officer and justifying the shooting.
“The narrative is so significantly false, we have decided to release the entire video from the Warren house…. we hope it tells a better story and the truth about what happened Jan. 10,” said Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble. “It’s a tragic situation. It’s hard to watch,” he said.
Conveniently absent from the narrative given by police in the footage below is the fact that Contreras could’ve simply gotten in his car and left as Warren had not committed a crime and Contreras was clearly incapable of resolving the situation.
According to the Killeen police department, Contreras has been placed on administrative leave — which is standard procedure — as the Texas Rangers investigate.
He was suffering a mental health crisis and simply needed help. Instead he was shot three times in his chest and tased.
We demand the immediate arrest of this officer. pic.twitter.com/tNdNBfC5b3
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) January 13, 2021
As we have reported in the past, Killeen cops are notoriously corrupt. Disturbing video of from Killeen was published in 2017 by the Free Thought Project of a man being murdered in broad daylight. The Free Thought Project reported on this video to help seek justice for Curtis E. Shelley after police refused to arrest his killer.
After two years of doing nothing, the killer — who is the son of a Killeen police officer — found out that he would face no charges for the murder of an unarmed man that was captured on video.