Another cop kills the mentally ill

Another cop kills the mentally ill

Posted in the Putnam County Forum

First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Dont shoot

Pomona Park, FL

#1 Sep 23, 2012
Seems this cop lacked the training, just like Strickland did.
Houston police shoot wheelchair-bound amputee threatening people with pen - CNN.com
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 2:33 AM EDT, Sun September 23, 2012
CNN.com
(CNN)-- A Houston police officer shot and killed a schizophrenic, wheelchair-bound double amputee threatening people with a pen at a group home for the mentally ill after authorities said the man advanced on the officer's partner.
The shooting occurred early Saturday morning after police responded to a call that resident Brian Claunch was acting aggressively after his caretaker refused to give him a cigarette and a soda, the owner of the home and police said.
"The officers made verbal commands for the suspect to drop whatever he had in his hand, to stay still and to speak with the officers, but the suspect continued to make threats," Jodi Silva, a police spokeswoman, told CNN affiliate KTRK in Houston.
Claunch, who lost an arm and a leg in a train accident, trapped one of the officers with his wheelchair in the corner of a room and attempted to stab the officer with an object that turned out to be a pen.
Officer Matt Marin, "in fear of the safety of his partner and the safety of himself, discharges his duty weapon, striking the suspect," Silva said.
Marin shot Claunch once. He died at the scene, according to investigators.
It was the second time Marin was involved in a shooting. In October 2009, he shot and killed a knife-wielding man who stabbed his girlfriend and a neighbor, according to published reports at the time. Marin joined the Houston Police Department in 2007.
CNN could not reach the department for comment, but Houston police said the officer was placed on administrative leave per policy.
Claunch, who was in his 40s, had been at the Healing Hands home for 18 months, John Garcia, the owner of the group home, told KRTK.
Houston police have not released the identity of the man, though Garcia identified him as Claunch.
Garcia told the Houston Chronicle that Claunch liked to "doodle."
Two days earlier, Garcia gave Claunch a black felt pen to draw. Garcia told the newspaper he did not know if it was that pen or another one that Clauch had in his hand when he was shot.
Garcia said Claunch suffered from schizophrenia and a bipolar disorder.
"He had a temper. He could fly off once in awhile," he told CNN affiliate KHOU.
Claunch was capable of making people in the house feel threatened during an outrage, even though he was confined to a wheelchair, Garcia said.
"Emotionally disturbed individuals, when threatened, are going to react in most instances, excessively," Dr. Ed Reitman, a clinical psychologist, told KRTK.
"This was an incident that didn't have to take place if the individual -- a police officer -- had been trained in dealing with emotionally disturbed individuals."
The Houston Police Department has officers trained to deal with the mentally ill, though the department would not say whether Marin received training, according to KRTK.
Quoted

Pomona Park, FL

#2 Sep 23, 2012
I have to congratulate the police on excellent training, situation assessment and choice of weapons, BRAVO! EXCELLENT! PATHETIC! DISGUSTING! CRUEL!
Opinion

Lake Butler, FL

#3 Sep 23, 2012
Obviously cops there, just like PCSO, are a bunch of trigger happy green horns trying to prove themselves and bend the law. Too bad they haven't seen real conflict, but I guess it's much easier to hide behind a badge and play "tough guy." What a bunch of cowards cops have become, and to think I used to look up to them?....

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#4 Sep 25, 2012
Opinion wrote:
Too bad they haven't seen real conflict
oreally
Opinion

Alachua, FL

#5 Sep 25, 2012
LiLHogg wrote:
<quoted text>
oreally
Yes really. Cops here are here for a reason, they can't cut it in a real county. Which leaves us with the ass and trash. Cops doing and selling drugs, turning the blind eye to crime, cause they can't handle being a real cop, just hide behind a badge they wouldn't dare step out from behind. Dirty is the only word to describe 90% of them
And PS

Alachua, FL

#6 Sep 25, 2012
Who wakes up and straps on a gun without thinking they won't ever have to use it? And with all their "training" they still can't handle themselves against unarmed civilians? Only a cop could be so naive and arrogant. They should just join the National Guard or Reserves and fill sandbags for a living. Really it fits for a cop. It's somewhere they can feel tough without having to do a real mans work, which they are scared of. It's a scary world without a badge to hide behind. I speak from experience, something PCSO doesn't have. We knew the risks and were prepared where I worked

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#7 Sep 26, 2012
And PS wrote:
They should just join the National Guard or Reserves and fill sandbags for a living.
lmao!
oH PLEASE GOD NO.
no more national guard members for PCSO jeeze they have enough wanna be solder boys working there already.
get a life

Lake Butler, FL

#8 Sep 26, 2012
Ah look lil hogg talking shit again, please tell me crack head hogg, what in the hell have you done with your life. Besides being the most worthless in the hogg family, what have you done with your life
The Ghost Writer

Palatka, FL

#11 Sep 26, 2012
And PS wrote:
Who wakes up and straps on a gun without thinking they won't ever have to use it? And with all their "training" they still can't handle themselves against unarmed civilians? Only a cop could be so naive and arrogant. They should just join the National Guard or Reserves and fill sandbags for a living. Really it fits for a cop. It's somewhere they can feel tough without having to do a real mans work, which they are scared of. It's a scary world without a badge to hide behind. I speak from experience, something PCSO doesn't have. We knew the risks and were prepared where I worked
Where have you worked, mall cop?
And PS

Alachua, FL

#12 Sep 26, 2012
The Ghost Writer wrote:
<quoted text>
Where have you worked, mall cop?
Agencies and dark corners you can't wrap your tiny mind around. Keep selling crack and banging hookers bud
The Ghost Writer

Palatka, FL

#13 Sep 26, 2012
You sure appear to be king of naive and arrogant. Keep on talking how you knew the risk and was prepared. I guess you at least had a flash light, being a mall cop.
And PS

Alachua, FL

#14 Sep 26, 2012
The Ghost Writer wrote:
You sure appear to be king of naive and arrogant. Keep on talking how you knew the risk and was prepared. I guess you at least had a flash light, being a mall cop.
Wasn't a cop, wouldn't stoop to that level. I had a real calling. Not some town clown, we made a difference in my biz
The Ghost Writer

Palatka, FL

#15 Sep 27, 2012
Must be a rodeo clown then.
And PS

United States

#16 Sep 27, 2012
The Ghost Writer wrote:
Must be a rodeo clown then.
You're pretty sharp, you nailed it
And PS

Palatka, FL

#17 Sep 27, 2012
I know, I could not really make it as a rodeo clown. It was too much risk and responsibility. I was a bad clown. I could never be a mall cop, cause I am scared of getting beat up. I change my location cause I don't want people to find out the truth about me.
And PS

United States

#18 Sep 27, 2012
And PS wrote:
I know, I could not really make it as a rodeo clown. It was too much risk and responsibility. I was a bad clown. I could never be a mall cop, cause I am scared of getting beat up. I change my location cause I don't want people to find out the truth about me.
Well the truth is you are obviously an idiot. So why don't we have a "coming to Jesus". Name a time and public place so we can talk this out in person. But I bet my left nut you are too scared for that, so prove me wrong (but you probably won't). Odds are you are a deputy, and will hide behind your badge, but that doesn't scare me. Maybe I'm wrong and you are an upstanding citizen. I want to meet you so we can discuss the situation at hand. I'll be waiting for the scheduling, hope you are willing. Take care, don't be scared buddy
And PS

United States

#19 Sep 27, 2012
But let's not forget this forum is about the undertrained and inexperienced deputies that attack and kill civilians.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#20 Sep 28, 2012
And PS wrote:
<quoted text>
Agencies and dark corners you can't wrap your tiny mind around. Keep selling crack and banging hookers bud
still a walking accident
same as the little boy hanging from the church roof by a hook thru the hand. Just a walking accident waiting to happen
And PS

Palatka, FL

#21 Sep 28, 2012
And PS wrote:
<quoted text>
Well the truth is you are obviously an idiot. So why don't we have a "coming to Jesus". Name a time and public place so we can talk this out in person. But I bet my left nut you are too scared for that, so prove me wrong (but you probably won't). Odds are you are a deputy, and will hide behind your badge, but that doesn't scare me. Maybe I'm wrong and you are an upstanding citizen. I want to meet you so we can discuss the situation at hand. I'll be waiting for the scheduling, hope you are willing. Take care, don't be scared buddy
First of all, I am not your buddy. Second, you have nothing for me to be scared of. Third you need to stop using 30 different names, to make like you have a lot of followers. As a matter of fact, I am an outstanding citizen. As for you wanting to meet me, I don't swing that way. So have a nice day and keep up the good work at lying.
And PS

Palatka, FL

#22 Sep 28, 2012
Oh yea, I am the real And PS.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Putnam County Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Transparency Jun 15 RoxyBonds 2
Palatka Corruption (Jul '12) Jun 13 Cindy 24
City Manager's Epic Fail (Oct '13) May '17 Anonymous 19
breada gallo arrested battery May '17 Anonymous 4
Feds close Putnam State Bank (Jun '12) Apr '17 Elon Clark 83
News Improving Putnam County's schools a difficult i... (Aug '16) Apr '17 truth 14
News 42 Dead Or Incarcerated People Voted In Florida... Apr '17 truth 4
More from around the web