Can You Say “Excessive Force”?

Cop: 1, Double Amputee in Wheelchair: 0

(CNN) — A Houston police officer fatally shot in the head a schizophrenic, wheelchair-bound double amputee threatening people with a pen at a group home for the mentally ill after authorities said the man advanced on the officer’s partner, police said.

…Claunch, who lost an arm and a leg in a train accident, trapped one officer with his wheelchair in the corner of a room “where he couldn’t get out,”

You’re joking, right?

said a Houston police department spokesperson who declined to be identified. The double amputee was “advancing towards” the officers and “refusing to show his hands.”

which would have been quite a trick since he only had one arm

I find it hard to believe this was in any way justified.

8 Responses to “Can You Say “Excessive Force”?”

  1. Gary from Jersey says:

    You made this up. Right?

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    It plays out like a Monty Python skit.

  3. mojo says:

    Well, thank god the quadraplegics were all out playing baseball, huh?

    A pen.

  4. JeffS says:

    Might have been a poison pen, mojo.

  5. nightfly says:

    Well, it is mightier than a sword. Who knows what could have happened?

  6. Julie says:

    The FBI is now joining the investigation, according to the local station KHOU.

  7. Greg Newsom says:

    In San Jose,Calif a few years ago, they shot a 5′ 2″ Vietnamese
    lady in her own kitchen,who had picked up a potato peeler out
    out of her sink and demanded the
    cops leave her house.
    There were two cops in the kitchen,both over 6’2″ tall.
    Good training;kill and get away with it.

  8. skh.pcola says:

    I used to admire law enforcement, but with the continuing trend of militarization and my own experiences with them, I consider them the enemy of liberty and freedom.

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