ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Starting at Noel Heritage Plaza community members marched side by side and posters in hand with a message for all to hear.
Shirley Howald, the Leader & Organizer of the Peaceful Demonstration said, “Let the community, the City, and all know that we are here for justice for Tremaine Howell and these killings have got to stop.”
Tremaine Howell was a Midlander who was arrested for speeding and later booked in the Ector County Jail. On June 15, 2020, Howell was found dead in his cell after being tased four times, pepper-sprayed, and wrapped.
The autopsy from the Tarrant County medical examiner saying that the official cause of death was methamphetamine toxicity. The Howell family has requested an independent autopsy.
“Regardless if he had meth in his system or whatever in his system he should not be dead today,” said Howald.
The Ector County DA coming out with a press release stating that they have decided not to indict the officers involved but in his opinion excessive force was used and enough for him to suggest ECSO do their own investigation.
Across the way counter-protestors saying that if things got out of hand at the peaceful demonstration they would take matters into their own hands.
“Watch my community, make sure that we are safe, make sure that should the 10 police officers be overcome by 20 members of the community who decide to get rowdy there is 12 of us now instead of 10,” said Hoppy Bojangles, one of the counter-protestors.