Texas Police Assault And Kill Unarmed Man With Intellectual Disability

An unarmed man who was assaulted and killed by Temple, Texas Police on Thursday evening reportedly suffered from an intellectual disability, sickle-cell anemia and chronic pain.

Officers responded to a disturbance call near Wayman Manor Apartments in the 1800 block of East Avenue K around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers made contact with a man they incorrectly believed to be responsible for the disturbance, but they claimed he was uncooperative and appeared intoxicated., reported Seattle Times.

Neighbors say the man, Stephen Gayle, 40, was cheering for children practicing football while walking home from the store and was not causing a disturbance.

Wanda Nichols, pastor of The Garden of Gethsemane International Church Ministries who lives in the East Temple neighborhood, said she saw the man walking down the street and yelling before the police arrived, reported Temple Daily Telegram.

“The young man, he was actually coming down the sidewalk, and he would yell — he would say something that was unintelligible, then he would stop, and he would start walking again,” Nichols said. “I thought that he was trying to get the attention of one of the little football players that were over there at the (Meridith-Dunbar) school, practicing. Next thing I know, an officer’s car pulled up.”

Temple Police Department spokeswoman Shawana Neely said the officers got into a confrontation with the man.

“The male subject was very uncooperative with the officers. … He appeared to be under some type of influence of some type of substance,” Neely told the Telegram late Thursday. “The officers attempted to make contact and detain him and he began to struggle with the officers. During that struggle, he actively resisted. During the struggle, he started showing signs of medical distress and the officers summoned EMS.”

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