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    Posted: May 09 2014 at 2:30pm
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CBS/APMay 9, 2014, 5:33 AM

Anger in small Texas city of Hearne after cop shoots 93-year-old woman to death

New Black Panther Party &activist Quanell X, of Houston, addressing protest rally in Hearne, Texas on May 8, 2014 after woman, 93, was shot to death by police officer two days earlier  KBTX-TV

HEARNE, Texas -- Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!" Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.

The fatal shooting of "Miss Sulie" - as residents say she was widely known - has raised tensions in Hearne and the Texas Rangers are investigating what led the officer to fire on Golden while responding to a 911 call at her house this week.

Hearne police have said in a statement that Golden "brandished a gun" when officer Stephen Stem, arrived Tuesday night.

Dozens of protesters, including some who came in from Houston, marched to police headquarters on Thursday and were met there by Mayor Ruben Gomez, who said he will recommend that the officer be fired during Saturday's City Council meeting.

"It's a loss of confidence in the community. We can't have an officer the citizens have lost confidence in," Gomez said.

The protesters from Houston were from the New Black Panther Party and were led by activist Quanell X, reports CBS Bryan, Texas affiliate KBTX-TV.

"This is a march about humanity. This is a march about right over wrong," the station quoted Quanell as saying.

Protesters shouted for justice as they marched.

Quanell was clear about what they want to happen.

"We want this officer fired immediately. We want him indicted for murder," said Quanell.

Demonstrators say the march is just what the town needed.

"It showed a whole lot to the people. That they were together and they want to try and do something about what's happening around here in Hearne," said protester Richard Boone.

 Hearne is home to about 4,500 people surrounded by cotton farms and railways, one of which backs up to Gordon's brick home.

Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said a preliminary autopsy shows Golden was shot twice in the body and grazed by a third bullet. It's the second time Stem has shot and killed a suspect since joining the department in 2012, Siegert said.

"There's no justification. Any police officer would know not to kill a 93-year-old fragile woman when they could have backed off," said William Foster, 64, a retired professor in Hearne. "She was no threat to him."

Stem could not be reached for comment because a number for him could not be found. Siegert said he saw Stem's lawyer this week but didn't know his name, and Hearne City Attorney Bryan Ross didn't return a phone message.

Hearne police have declined to comment beyond the statement issued this week. Stem has been placed on administrative leave.

Candles left in vigil remained outside Golden's home two days after the shooting. Foster and others said she lived alone and that her husband had been a Hearne police officer himself.

A doghouse made of plywood sat in Golden's recently mowed yard. Next door, a neighbor lived in a trailer surrounded by a barbed wire fence.

Authorities say a revolver believed to be the weapon Golden had at the time of the shooting was found at the scene.

Hazel Embra, a geriatric nurse and a City Council candidate in Saturday's local election, said she ran into Golden last week at the grocery store.

"That lady should be living today. She should not have died like she did," Embra said.

The circumstances surrounding Stem's first on-the-job fatal shooting were very different. Siegert said a group of officers had responded to a call in the middle of the night and wound up chasing several suspects through an unlit area before Stem fired. He was cleared by a grand jury.







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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote Katrenia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2014 at 2:49pm
So she threatened an officer with a gun???
maybe she was suffering from dementia.

What police office whats the title of Granny Killer???
I'd have done anything NOT to have had to injure a 93 yr old woman.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CherryBlossom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2014 at 4:21pm
^right?Cry

and they shot her 5 times smh
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this is infuriating
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This guy better be fired! Not transferred, not put on temporary leave, but FIRED!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Benni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2014 at 5:19pm
Undecided. She had a gun. Being 93 y/o does not make you less threatening. Guns kill people. It was either him or her.

There's got to be a bigger story. More details.

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From 0-100+ Black lives are NEVER safe. Cry
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OhMyCurlz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2014 at 5:32pm
He shot her multiple times. That part is unjustified by itself, regardless to whether she had a gun or not. I have a VERY hard time believing the first bullet wasn't enough to  stop the "threat". 


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Not the New Black Panther Party.....nah.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Yardgirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2014 at 5:35pm
She waved a gun at him? Is that's the case then he had every right to believe he was in danger regardless of her age. Sucks to be her.
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