A jury acquitted former Texas police officer Jonathan Price of murder

Lucas, a 24-year-old white man, was charged with killing Price, who was black, after an initial investigation determined Lucas’ actions were unreasonable, authorities said.

Lucas was reporting a disturbance and fight at the store in October 2020. Price, 31, waved and tried to shake the officer’s hand. Lucas thought Price was drunk and tried to arrest him, but Price told him, “I can’t be arrested,” according to the affidavit.

“Officer Lucas continued to attempt to detain Price by grabbing Price’s arm and using verbal commands, both of which were unsuccessful,” the affidavit states.

Lucas told Price he would be fined if he didn’t comply, and Price started walking away, according to the affidavit.

Lucas used his Taser, but the device was not fully effective, and Price “continued to walk toward Officer Lucas” while they were testing it, according to the document.

“Price appeared to grab the tip of Officer Lucas’ Taser,” and Lucas shot him four times in the upper torso, the affidavit states.

CNN has reached out to Lucas’ attorneys, Daniel W. Ray and Robert Rogers, for comment on the acquittal.

Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the Price family, said he is appealing to the Justice Department to intervene and bring federal penalties against Lucas.

“Shaun Lucas was acquitted by an all-white jury in rural Hunt County, Texas,” Merritt said. “At the time of the murder, he [Price] He was unarmed and did not pose a threat to anyone.”

“All law enforcement officers who reviewed the facts concluded that Lucas’ use of force was justified,” the attorney said. “The jury’s verdict goes against the weight of the evidence and subjects black Texans to state-sanctioned violence.”

After the murder, Merritt said Price tried to intervene in a domestic dispute at the store.

“The situation was resolved before law enforcement arrived, according to witnesses,” the lawyer said. “Why this officer still felt the need to test and shoot Jonathan is beyond comprehension.”

CNN’s Carma Hassan contributed to this report.