Activists troubled by Houston's history of police shootings


HOUSTON (AP) - Activists and attorneys are drawing attention to what they say is a decade-long history of nearly every officer-involved shooting by Houston police being deemed justified by the agency and grand juries.

They point to the August 2015 shooting by police of a 27-year-old man who had been suffering a mental health crisis in a Houston hospital, saying such incidents aren't thoroughly scrutinized and demonstrate a lack of officer training.

The Police Department says it doesn't teach or tolerate the use of unnecessary or excessive force, that such incidents are carefully reviewed and its training program on de-escalating dangerous situations is considered a model program nationally.

A police policy expert says Houston is among many police departments around the U.S. taking a look at deadly force guidelines in the wake of high-profile shootings.

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