Sgt. Curtis Hampton: No Charges for HPD Officer Who Shot and Killed an Unarmed Blake Pate on Christmas Day

Blake Pate, an unarmed man who was shot and killed on Christmas Day by a cop, is "a victim of the Houston Police Department," says attorney David Hodges, who is representing the victim's family.

On December 25, 2011, Pate finished dinner at his family's home and headed towards his brother's place. Around 11 p.m., the 24-year old, the youngest of six kids, crashed his car into a tree at the 9300 block of Tidwell by the Lakecrest Village apartments, says Hodges.

"As witnesses described, Blake appeared to be disoriented because he'd just been in a car accident. He started to the nearest street light," explains Hodges on Thursday from the steps of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center building on Franklin Street.

"Along the way, Sergeant Curtis Hampton of the Houston Police Department intercepted him," says Hodges. A confrontation ensued. Hampton ended up on his back.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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