We don't know whether Houston's sanctuary policy had a direct connection with the murder of Officer Rodney Johnson on Thursday, for example by making the city a more attractive place for the accused killer, illegal alien Juan Leonardo Quintero, to settle. We do know that the accused was previously deported in 1999 for sexual indecency with a child, so he may have wanted all the advantage he could get.
Officer Johnson had stopped Quintero for speeding, found he didn't have a license, then cuffed him and put him in the back of the squad car. Quintero somehow was able to draw a weapon which Johnson had missed, and then shot and killed the officer as he sat in the driver's seat. Quintero was quickly caught and was arraigned Friday.
Rodney Johnson truly was one of Houston's Finest and had been recognized more than once for his heroic actions in the line of duty.
As a member of the department’s Southeast Gang Task Force, Johnson earned two Lifesaving Awards and one Medal of Valor from the state of Texas.
According to HPD, he rescued a physically challenged driver trapped in rising floodwaters in January 1998.
That same year he rescued mentally challenged people trapped inside of a burning house, HPD said. [HPD: Suspect in officer's murder in U.S. illegally, KHOU 9/22/06]
Johnson served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from 1984 to 1990 when he was honorably discharged. He then worked in corrections and graduated from the Houston police academy in 1994.
He is survived by his wife, Joslyn Johnson, an officer with the Houston police, and the couple's five children.