A Houston cop who asked another officer to shoot a fleeing suspect accused of aggravated assault
“Just shoot a**!” Houston cop, now charged with assault, asks co-worker to shoot fleeing suspect during a traffic stop before hitting him in the head with handcuffs
- Houston Police Officer Lucas Vieira was indicted by a Harris County grand jury on Sunday in connection with the July 2019 incident involving Ondre Howard.
- Howard was initially stopped by the police because the vehicle’s registration had expired
- The officers immediately handcuffed him and then tried to flee the scene مكان
- Body camera footage showed Howard running away as Vieira shouted, “Just[expletive]shoot[expletive]!”
- After being detained by another officer, Vieira allegedly hit Howard in the back of the head with a set of handcuffs
- Vieira was fired in April after Howard filed an excessively forceful lawsuit against the officer and the police department in connection with his arrest
- Howard was originally charged with a felony evasion of arrest and possession of more than four grams of cocaine, but these charges were later dismissed.
A Houston police officer has been indicted for aggravated assault after he was captured in a body camera video asking another officer to shoot a suspect who fled a 2019 traffic stop and then hit him with handcuffs.
Officer Lucas Vieira was indicted by a Harris County grand jury on Sunday in connection with an incident involving 34-year-old Ondre Howard on July 7, 2019.
Vieira was fired in April after Howard filed an excessively forceful lawsuit against the officer and the police department in connection with his arrest.
Police initially stopped Howard because the vehicle’s registration had expired. He was originally charged with evading arrest and possessing more than four grams of cocaine, but these charges were later dismissed.
During the 2019 incident, Howard’s attorney claimed that his client was “immediately handcuffed and searched for weapons” during a traffic stop but nothing was found.
Howard then fled the scene while handcuffed because he was “afraid” of the officers, his attorney said.
Houston police officer Lucas Vieira (pictured) has been charged with aggravated assault after urging another officer to shoot a suspect in 2019
Body camera footage of the accident showed Vieira and his partner, Thomas Serrano, chasing Howard in handcuffs.
Vieira repeatedly shouted in the video: “Just[expletive]shoot[expletive]!”
When another officer caught Howard and managed to detain him, Vieira allegedly used the handcuffs to repeatedly hit Howard in the back of the head.
According to Howard’s lawsuit, he was so terrified of the accident that he defecateed himself.
The officers were alleged to have publicly taken off Howard’s pants and mocked him, according to the lawsuit.
Speaking at a new conference in April after the lawsuit was announced, Howard said he was lucky to be alive.
“I am grateful to be here after going through what I have been through,” he said. People have been going through it, so it’s not new to me. I’m not even surprised.
The video showed Vieira and his partner, Officer Thomas Serrano, chasing Andre Howard, while Vieira repeatedly shouted, “Just[expletive]shoot[expletive]!”
Court records indicate that Vieira then used the handcuffs to repeatedly hit Howard in the back of the head, after Howard was caught and detained by another officer.
Officers Cyrano and Nadim Aslam and Sgt. Earl Atebury is also named in the lawsuit for his alleged non-interference.
Both Serrano and Aslam are still in service but Atebury has since been relieved.
Vieira was suspended indefinitely on April 16 shortly after Houston Police Chief Troy Wiener was sworn in and the lawsuit was filed.
Sources said Vieira was dismissed from his post but has filed an appeal.
The Police Department addressed the indictment against Vieira on Sunday, saying in a statement: ‘We have been notified by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office that a former Harris County Police Officer, Lucas Vieira, has been indicted by a Harris County grand jury for assault aggravated by the public. Servant in connection with the July 2019 incident.
We respect the grand jury’s decision. This issue is now in the hands of the courts.
Vieira’s lawsuit, which is still pending, is one of several, including one by the families of a couple killed during a botched drug raid, and another by a family Nicholas Chavez, who was shot dead by several officers 24 times after appearing to be suffering from a psychological crisis.
The Chavez family has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the City of Houston, the Houston Police Department and five current and former officers who shot Chavez.
Howard filed an excessive force suit against the officer and the police department in connection with his arrest. He was originally charged with evading arrest and possession of more than four grams of cocaine, but these charges were later dropped.