Houston Chief Calls 1977 Police Killing ‘Straight-Up Murder'

Houston Police Department

Houston's police chief has publicly apologized to the family of a man killed by six officers more than four decades ago, calling it a "straight-up murder."

Joe Campos Torres was a Mexican-American Vietnam War veteran who was beaten to death by Houston police officers in 1977.

At a ceremony Sunday, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner gave a formal apology to Torres' relatives and promised to work with the family to build a monument in Torres' name.

Two of the six officers were convicted of negligent homicide at the time and were fined $1 and sentenced to probation.

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