Police Officer Who Shot Jonathan Price Arrested on Murder Charges, But Will We Ever See Change?

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Amid nationwide civil unrest in American cities over police brutality, another unarmed shooting involving law enforcement has made national news. Shaun Lucas, a police officer with the Wolfe City Police Department, was arrested on Monday for shooting and killing 31-year-old Jonathan Price.

Lucas posted his $1 million bond shortly after being charged. But Price’s family is still demanding to know why the shooting occurred.

The Texas Rangers released a statement on Monday explaining what happened in the incident leading up to the shooting which took place on Saturday. They explained that Lucas responded to a disturbance call when he encountered Price.

“Officer Lucas attempted to detain Price, who resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away,” the statement said. At that point, the officer tasered and shot Price. According to the statement, “the preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable. The Texas Rangers have charged Officer Lucas with the offense of murder.”

According to Price’s family, friends, and witnesses on the scene at the time of the incident, he was trying to intervene in a domestic disturbance at the store before the officer arrived. “When police arrived, I’m told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on,” civil rights attorney Lee Merritt said in a post on Facebook. “Police fired Tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they ‘perceived a threat’ and shot him to death.”

CBS Dallas spoke with witnesses who stated that the situation between Price and the alleged abuser in the domestic incident escalated. However, it had calmed down by the time the officers arrived on the scene.

Price’s family said that video footage shows that the shooting was unjustified and that they are seeking justice. Merritt noted that “the (police) chief saw the video and told me he wasn’t happy with what he saw.”

Price, who worked for Wolfe City, was well-known in his community as a “mentor who worked with children.” Ironically, Price, who was also a former football player, wrote a Facebook post in June defending the police, recounting his experiences with law enforcement. He referred to rapper Lil Wayne who has expressed pro-police sentiment in the past. “I’m on the same fence as lil Wayne, with him saying a white cop saved his life, and hasn’t been too vocal based off EXPERIENCES.” 

In the post, Price also recalled times when police officers didn’t arrest him even when he felt he may have deserved it. “There were times I should have been detained for speeding, outstanding citations, out dated registration, dozing off at a red light before making it to my garage downtown Allas after a long night out.” He concluded his post by writing, “Not saying black lives don’t matter, but don’t forget about your own, or your experiences through growth / “waking up.”

Junior Price, Jonathan’s father, sped to the scene after hearing that his son had been shot. He stated that he spoke to the officer who killed his son, asking him why he fired his weapon. Lucas told him that he would get back to him later.

The father said, “Later hasn’t gotten here yet.”

This story appears to be another that might elicit outrage, especially as more facts emerge. The fact that the Texas Rangers arrested Lucas only two days after the shooting could indicate that the video footage will show the officer’s use of force was not warranted.

However, in these cases, it is typically unlikely that a murder charge would stick as the prosecution usually has to prove intent. But it’s still early in the process, and more details could come out demonstrating that the charge is appropriate. On the other hand, the prosecution could decide to alter the charges as well.

It’s also not a stretch to speculate the ways the progressive left will use this shooting. Already, far-leftist groups are using police brutality as an excuse to engage in rampant rioting in cities like Seattle and Portland.

At this point, it is apparent that Antifa and other anarchist groups do not care about police brutality against black men and are only using these stories as a cover for their true agenda. But since this shooting occurred near Dallas, there probably won’t be much violent activity since Texas cities have shown less tolerance for that type of conduct than cities in other states.

Unfortunately, the left is not going to take this shooting seriously nor are they going to push for any real change. Instead, they will use it as they have used other police shootings of black men and try to gin up more racial outrage in a society where racial tensions are already at a fever pitch. Progressives will renew their calls for defunding the police despite the wishes of the black community.

Conservatives have an opportunity to engage in these conversations in a common-sense fashion. Indeed, we should be the adults in the room. But if the past is any indication, the right will spend more time arguing with the left than coming up with actual solutions.

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