“[Houston] Officer Rodney Johnson [above] spotted a speeding vehicle doing 50 MPH in 30 MPH zone,” thecypresstimes.com reports. “The speeding vehicle was a white Ford pickup truck operated by Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez. Johnson pulled over Quintero for speeding and requested to see his driver’s license. Quintero did not possess a driver’s license and Johnson decided to arrest him. Johnson handcuffed Quintero and performed a pat down search. After being handcuffed, Quintero was placed in the backseat of Johnson’s police car. Johnson sat in the driver’s seat his patrol car and began writing a police report . . .
While Johnson was writing the report, Juan Quintero managed to move his handcuffed hands in front of him, pulled out a concealed 9mm semi-automatic hand handgun from his waistband through thick layers of clothing and he then shot Officer Rodney Johnson at pointblank range four times in the back of his head.
Despite being shot and dying, Johnson managed to push an emergency button in his patrol car, which alerted other Houston patrol officers of the situation. After Quintero shot Johnson, he then fired some shots which missed a tow truck driver who was near the scene. When officers arrived, they found Quintero, still in the backseat of the patrol car handcuffed with the gun.
The perp plead-out on an insanity defense, dodging the needle for a life sentence. Officer Johnson’s wife also works for the Houston Police Department. She’s suing the the city of Houston for the illegal city’s illegal immigrant sanctuary policy that she believes contributed to her husband’s death. And for good reason . . .
Quintero, having an extensive criminal record including sex crimes, was deported back to Mexico in 1999, but he illegally re-entered the United States.
Here’s her specific beef:
The lawsuit filed on September 21, 2009, claims that Houston’s sanctuary policies harm Sergeant Johnson’s ability to communicate with federal immigration officials . . .
Officer Johnson “does not seek to detain or arrest persons in order to inquire about their immigration status,” Judicial Watch noted in its original complaint. “Rather plaintiff [Johnson] seeks to use her professional judgment to determine when it is appropriate to contact ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to inquire or provide information about a person’s immigration status if, in the course of carrying out her duties and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer, she has reason to believe a crime may have been committed.”
While we await the final verdict, it seems Ralph’s assertion that the government promotes the guilty is not without merit. During the course of this case, the Obama Administration promoted Mr. and Mrs. Johnson’s boss at the time. Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt is now the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination.
Officer Johnson is survived by his wife, their three daughters and two sons.