Lest We Forget

Pearlie Golden1921-2014

On May 8th 2014 police officer Stephen Stem arrived at Pearlie Golden's house in Hearne, Texas. The 93-year-old woman was holding a gun in her hand. After she did not respond to Stem's request to put down the gun the officer shot her five times. Pearlie Golden died later in a hospital.

It was the second time within 22 months that Stephen Stem had killed a person while on duty. The Texas police defended Stem, saying the killing of the 93-year-old was justified.

No charges were filed against Stephen Stem.