Houston area activist Quannel X and a contingent of the New Black Panthers, joined community leaders and 150 others in Hearne yesterday (Thursday) to protest the police shooting death of 93-year old Pearlie Golden.
Hearne police officer Stephen Stern shot Golden to death early Tuesday evening when relatives reported she was waving a firearm and making threats. Family members say she was angry when her car keys were taken away.
Officer Stern warned Golden to put the firearm down, but she did not comply.
Stern is on administrative leave while the Texas Rangers and the Robertson County District Attorney’s office investigate the shooting.
Many protesting in downtown Hearne, Thursday don’t want to wait. One speaker at the march said “It’s time for a change.”: William Foster III said”We can’t just sit around accepting what’s going on in this town.”
Quannell X demanded that Officer Stern be terminated immediately and charged with murder. The New Black Panther Party leader says he will return to Hearne on Wednesday to meet with community leaders on what next to do.
The march proceeded from the Hearne Brookshire Brothers Store to the police station. Witnesses say the marchers numbered about 150 and while most of the marchers were African-Americans there were many whites in the group. The repeated chant was ‘what do we want? Justice.’ They also chanted ‘No Justice No Peace.’
District Attorney Coty Siegert, who will present the case to a grand jury at the completion of an investigation by the Texas Rangers, said based on the preliminary investigation, Golden was shot after being told to put the weapon down and not following the command.