In the year since Houston police officer Rodney Johnson was shot dead by a man cuffed in the back seat of his patrol car, the department revised its policy on processing illegal immigrants, explored bullet-resistant shields for patrol vehicles, and considered requiring two officers per car, says the Houston Chronicle. The real key to reduce deaths like Johnson’s may be a new emphasis trainers at the academy are putting on the right way to search a suspect.
“Unfortunately, he (Johnson) made a mistake” said Hans Marticiuc, a close friend of Johnson and president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union. “He missed a gun.” Johnson’s death also expedited a revision of the policy on illegal immigrants who break the law. Now, all people arrested are asked at booking whether they are U.S. citizens and if they were born here. Most non-U.S. citizens who are flagged, or wanted, by federal officials are transferred into the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.