Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Budget, and Homeland Security, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, issued this statement on the killing of Joshua Feast:
“As the Member of Congress representing Texas’ 18th congressional district and as a senior member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, it saddens me to learn that yet another young black man, Joshua Feast, was killed at the hands of law enforcement. And to further learn, as has been verified by medical experts, that Joshua was shot in the back while running away is even more disturbing.
“The strikingly high per capita number of lives lost to gun violence in this relatively small city of LaMarque, TX cannot be ignored. I am working diligently in Washington daily to address this issue—not with short term fixes – but by seeking real solutions to address the root causes. However, this does not mean that police misconduct is acceptable in high crime areas. Every instance of alleged police misconduct and wrongful death must be thoroughly, impartially, and transparently investigated. We expect the same in this case of Joshua Feast’s killing by LMPD Officer Josè Santos.
“As we await the findings of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office investigation, my office stands ready to assist in whatever way necessary to ensure swift, certain and fair justice.”