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A Shiny Object: Houston Police Kill Double Amputee In His Wheelchair

by Abby Zimet

The FBI is investigating, and activists are protesting, after a Houston police officer fatally shot a mentally ill, double amputee in a wheelchair after he waved what turned out to be a silver ballpoint pen toward officers. Matthew Marin shot and killed Brian Claunch at a personal care home after Claunch got agitated. Marin also killed a suspect in 2009, and Houston police have been involved in 14 shootings, seven fatal, in the first seven months of this year. The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice had previously called for the US Attorney General to investigate alleged civil-rights violations by the police.