Main street in Grapevine was shut down Sunday afternoon as hundreds marched in protest of the police shooting death of an unarmed man.
Ruben Garcia-Villalpando, 31, was shot and killed Friday, February 20. Grapevine Police Officer Robert Clark tried to pull over Garcia-Villalpando for a traffic violation, which resulted in a short chase that ended on a Hwy. 121 service road in Euless.
The "March for Justice for Ruben Garcia" was sponsored by LULAC, NAACP , Next Generation Action Network ,and various community leaders and organizations. Nearly 300 people joined Garcia-Villalpando's family and their attorney as they marched from City Hall to the Police station with the help of a police escort.
During the protest, they reiterated their initial demand that the City of Grapevine release the dash camera video that has been seen only by members of Ruben Garcia family and Carlos Quintanilla. The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office recently requested the video not be released due to an ongoing investigation.
Grapevine police say while Garcia-Villalpando did have his hands on his head, and he refused to comply with Officer Clark's demand to halt and kept advancing on him. Garcia-Villalpando was shot twice outside the view of the dash camera.
Grapevine police said Thursday they still believe the video shows their officer "was doing everything in his power" to make a safe arrest.
Euless police are conducting the criminal investigation. They have now interviewed 24 people who claimed to see part of what happened along the busy highway, though no one claims to have seen the actual shooting.