FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — It’s been an emotional two months for the family and friends of 16-year-old Jose Cruz.
Back in March, the teen was shot and killed by an off-duty Farmers Branch officer who says he caught Jose and a friend burglarizing his car. Since then, Ken Johnson has been charged with murder and resigned.
A crowd of Cruz supporters ambushed the Farmers Branch City Council meeting Tuesday demanding justice and a meeting with Mayor Bob Phelps.
When Cruz’s family showed up at City Hall Thursday morning, the mayor was no where to be found, but city manager Charles Cox and Farmers Branch PD Detective David Laisure stepped in.
“The mayor was unable to be here today, but my duty is to be responsible for the employees of the city,” Cox told the family. “We regret that happened and our hearts, my heart goes out to this family.”
Because Johnson resigned before the investigation was complete, the final report on what happened that night isn’t ready.
“Since he resigned, we have completed it to a certain point, so whatever information that can be released and at that time can be released will be released,” Laisure explained.
The City of Farmers Branch says they have no plans to pay for Johnson’s legal defense.
Carlos Quintanilla, who represents Cruz’s family, says Johnson fired 17 times at an unarmed teen and should be indicted.
“Because right now he’s not feeling no pain, he’s at home, he’s free and everyday they have to deal with the death of Jose Cruz,” said Quintanilla.
It’s not hard to see who is feeling the pain. Jose’s mother, Ana Henriquez, is still trying to understand why her 16- year-old son was shot and killed by a police officer.
“I want that man to go to jail,” Henriquez sobbed. “Because my son’s death cannot stay this way.”