Independent autopsy report shows man shot by La Marque police was hit in the back

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Independent autopsy results of man shot by La Marque police released
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump says Joshua Feast, who was killed in a police shooting, was shot in the back.

LA MARQUE, Texas (KTRK) -- Civil rights attorney Ben Crump released results of an independent autopsy that revealed a La Marque man, who was killed in a police shooting, was hit in the back.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Crump said the autopsy shows Joshua Feast died from a single gunshot wound to the back.

"It is very consistent with literally what the witness' accounts were from that night," said Crump. "When it entered, it caused all kinds of damage and literally the injuries caused Joshua Feast to be dead on arrival at the hospital."

In the full briefing held by civil rights attorney Ben Crump gives new details about an independent autopsy on the La Marque man's death.

Crump and Feast's family are pressing the police department to release video evidence captured at that time of the 22-year-old's death on Dec. 9.

During Wednesday's news conference and vigil, Feast's family was also joined by other relatives who lost loved ones during encounters with police. George Floyd's brothers and Pamela Turner's daughter were at the event.

Marian Tolan's son, Bobby Tolan, was shot by a Bellaire police officer in 2008. He survived.

"With this case, there's no way they can use, 'I [feared] for my life,'" said Tolan.

In the wake of 22-year-old Feast's death, some of his neighbors in La Marque voiced their displeasure with the town's police department.

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Supporters marched to demand justice after 22-year-old Joshua Feast was shot and killed by a La Marque police officer, according to authorities.

The officer's name, Jose Santos, was released, but not without hesitation by city leaders. La Marque PD Chief Kirk Jackson became contentious over questions about the officer's age and race, let alone his name, which the chief and Mayor Pro-tem Keith Bell refused to answer. This was despite police immediately identifying Feast as Black.

According to Jackson, the information on Santos was subject to approval by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the investigation.

Jackson also confirmed there was body camera footage of the confrontation, to which he said will be released to the public following the investigation. This is the same footage that Crump and Feast's family wants released immediately.

While exact details of the shooting have been withheld to the public, Feast's family claims he was shot in the back as he was running away. They also claim Santos kicked his body after shooting him.

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Family members of a man shot and killed by a police officer in La Marque say their loved one was wounded with his back turned.

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