Houston officer kills double amputee in wheelchair
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen. Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the man cornered the officer in his wheelchair and was making threats while trying to stab the officer with the pen. At the time, the officer did not know what the metal object was that the man was waving, Silva said. She said the man came “within inches to a foot” of the officer and did not follow instructions to calm down and remain still. “Fearing for his partner’s safety and his own safety, he discharged his weapon,” Silva told The Associated Press. The owner of the group home, John Garcia, told the Houston Chronicle that the man had a history of mental illness and had been living at the house about 18 months. Garcia said the man had told him that he lost a leg above the knee and all of one arm when he was hit by a train.
MrMary Weighs in
The pen is indeed mightier than the sword has have been proven in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and some other movies that do not come to mind. But is the pen mightier than the gun? The Houston Police dept proved today at least that when the pn i in the hand of a double amputee with mental issues the gun is in fact mightier. In his defense knives can look a lot like a metal pen. Plus you have all seen what amazing athletes the para-Olympians are right? I mean those 5 of you who believing that the Olympics are about coming together and sharing stories, not an amazing stage for selling goods, continued to watch the Paralympics. Wheelchairs have cool ergonomic designs and especially when powered with a single arm.
Looking at the article that appeared on the Huffington Post a few months back: Adults With Disabilities More Likely To Be Abused Than Non-Disabled Adults
Adults with disabilities are at a higher risk of getting physically and sexually abused than than non-disabled adults, a new study published by the Lancet concluded. People with mental illness are about four times more likely — and people with intellectual impairments are about one-and-half times more likely to get abused than non-disabled adults.
maybe the police officer thought he was doing the man a favor and was putting him out of his misery. How else can you explain how a man in a wheelchair with one arm and a leg missing in a wheelchair could corner and officer and threaten his life with a pen ? While not use the pepper and taser combo made popular by the police department a year ago? Maybe if the wheelchair bound amputee was spanked by a female principle all this might not have happened.
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Numerous human rights observers have raised concerns about increased police brutality in the U.S. in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. An extensive report prepared for the United Nations Human Rights Committee tabled in 2006 states that in the United States, the “War on Terror” has “created a generalized climate of impunity for law enforcement officers, and contributed to the erosion of what few accountability mechanisms exist for civilian control over law enforcement agencies. As a result, police brutality and abuse persist unabated and undeterred across the country.”