The FBI will help investigate what led a Houston police officer to shoot and kill a wheelchair-bound double amputee who threatened police with what turned out to be a ballpoint pen, the city’s police chief said. (via FBI to investigate police killing of wheelchair-bound double amputee - Telegraph)
- The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, a group that includes 16 local and national civil rights organizations, suggested Claunch’s death was part of a bigger problem at the police department. “The deeper problem is a failure to discipline for excessive force, especially in the area of shootings,” said Randall Kallinen, a member of the group and local a civil rights attorney.
- Once inside the home, the department said in a separate statement released Monday, they found an agitated Claunch threatening to kill the officers and other residents. While yelling at the officers, Claunch “waved a shiny object in his hand in their direction,” according to the statement. Police say Claunch refused an officer’s direction to drop what turned out to be a ballpoint pen.
- John Garcia, who owns the group home, told reporters over the weekend that Claunch liked to draw. Garcia said Claunch had lost his right leg to just above the knee and his entire right arm when he was hit by a train, according to the Houston Chronicle. He said Claunch was schizophrenic.
There will always be policemen killing people for drawing. Though most of us are (probably :D) not schizophrenic, any of us could die similarly.