Too Many Shootings Involving Police Officers

A number of civil rights organizations came to Houston City Hall to address the number of officer involved shootings in the Houston area over the past year. They are calling for an independent investigation. More from Pat Hernandez.

Members of  the Greater Houston Coalition of Justice say there have been too many shooting incidents involving Houston Police officers. Randall Kallinen is a civil rights attorney and president of the American Rights Association. He says in 2009, Houston police officers shot and killed 15 and wounded 17 more. He adds any information regarding the incidents is not available for public review.

"So, we need an open, an independent, non-governmental investigation into this huge increase in woundings of civilians and deaths of civilians by HPD."

Sylvia Gonzales of LULAC, civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen, and Johnny Mata with the Greater Houston Coalition of JusticeAnother coalition member is Sylvia Gonzales of LULAC, The League of United Latin American Citizens. She says in the 130-history of the HPD, there have never been so many shootings.

"Not only do we wants an independent investigation, but we want the mayor to appoint a citizens review committee brand new, because we want her from start, brand new with all the different committees, and appoint a brand new citizens review committee, so us as citizens, can participate and review some of these cases."

In a written statement, the HPD says, "Every incident involving an officer discharging a weapon at a citizen is scrutinized more than any other incident by a number of entities."

It goes on to say that "training policies and procedures are constantly reviewed to ensure the utmost safety for officers and citizens."

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...