65 Shot By Cops In Big Tx. County Since 1999

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Law enforcement officers in Harris County, Tx., which includes Houston, have shot 65 unarmed people since 1999, killing 17. The incidents represent more than a third of all local police shootings; experts call them the most preventable, reports the Houston Chronicle. After two unarmed teenagers were shot and killed in separate cases last year, the Chronicle analyzed 189 shootings by officers from 18 local law enforcement agencies in the past 5 1/2 years. Officers' actions were ruled justified in nearly all of the shootings examined. A shooting can be legally acceptable if an officer believes someone's life . . .

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