Joslyn Johnson is suing the City of Houston, the Houston Police Department and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt. Her husband was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop in 2006. Juan Quintero is serving a life sentence for the murder.The City of Houston still is not serious about the safety of the public and its police force, even after the deaths of two officers and the near-fatal shooting of another, not to mention crimes against citizens like murder victim Tina Davila. It has not implemented 287(g), even though a TV station's investigation found around 400 illegal immigrants were charged with crimes in Harris County every month.
In March of this year, an El Salvadoran national who was in the country illegally shot Officer Rick Salter during a drug raid. Salter spent months recovering. Then in June, a suspected illegal immigrant killed Officer Henry Canales during an undercover sting in southwest Houston.
Joslyn Johnson says these are prime examples of a breakdown in the system that's putting officers' lives at risk, and she hopes her lawsuit will bring changes in the department. [...]
In the lawsuit, which names Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt as the defendant, Joslyn Johnson claims, "The Houston Police Department failed to discover Quintero-Perez's criminal alien status and failed to report him to federal immigration authorities despite detaining him or having him in custody on at least three separate occasions." [Slain officer's widow sues HPD, City of Houston, KTRK-TV Houston, September 22, 2009]