June 22, 2017
A Harris County grand jury Thursday indicted a now-retired Houston Police officer for tampering with evidence at a crime scene, and for assault, during an incident in which the officer shot and kicked a man who had just burglarized the officer’s own home.
“A grand jury of citizens reviewed all of the evidence,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Speaking on behalf of the community, that grand jury has determined that crimes were committed.”
Bruce Johnson was off duty, but in uniform in February of this year, when a private security company notified him that the glass in a window or door of his home had been shattered.
Johnson hurried to his home and confronted Derek Carr.
He shot Carr once in the back and once in the elbow.
Video captured on a cellular phone by a witness showed the officer kicking Carr after he had already been shot and was lying on the ground.
Johnson was indicted for two crimes, tampering with evidence and assault.
Tampering with evidence is a third-degree felony, punishable by two to ten years in prison. Johnson is accused of moving a burglary tool in order to hinder an investigation.
Assault is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.
The Civil Rights Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office reviews all officer involved shootings and presents all evidence to a grand jury.
Ogg stressed that her administration is dedicated to ensuring an orderly and fair process.
“We believe that a just result of the victim, the offender and the community are important and this requires equal application of the law to everyone,” she said. “No preferential treatment for anyone.”