Austin police officer no-billed by grand jury in shooting

Austin police officer no-billed by grand jury in shooting

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This is recently released dash cam video from Austin Police Officer Justin Boehm's cruiser.

On the morning of May 8, he pulls over the driver of a Nissan pickup truck for running a red light.

Watch how James Barton steps out of his truck and reaches for something on his side.

"He didn't get out of the truck because like a lot of us were taught, many years ago, during driver's ed, to get out of the car and go toward the officer. That's changed over the years," said Jim Harrington, with the Texas Civil Rights Project.

He is representing Barton in a civil lawsuit against the officer.

Harrington said, "You don't think that when you get stopped for a traffic offense, during rush hour, on Airport Blvd., that a policeman's going to shoot at you. This is really shameful what happened."

What do you think?

Officer Boehm says he saw Barton pull a black object out, which he believed was a weapon and fired one shot at Barton because he feared for his life.

"You know, that's nonsense...We saw an officer, over the weekend, in South Carolina, North Carolina,, that just arrested himself for using the same sort of excuse for shooting somebody," said Harrington.

A Travis County Grand Jury met three times to consider the case and decided not to indict officer Boehm.

Harrington added, "It's even more shameful that this is a typical cover-up by the district attorney's office, manipulating the Grand Jury."

The Grand Jury heard from seven witnesses including the officer, but not the driver.

"This is the sham that Rosemary Lehmberg has done all the time that she's been in the D.A.'s office and we're not going to be a part of it," said Harrington.

The Austin Police officer was cleared of criminal charges, but Harrington believes he should be fired.

Neither the D.A. or APD cared to comment on this case.

The driver of the pickup truck has a heart condition.

After was the incident, he had to go to the hospital.

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