Houston, Texas Police officer Shoots and Kills a Mentally-ill, Wheelchair bound, One-Arm, One-Legged Man

Published On September 22, 2012 | By Davy V. | Articles

By Davy V.

A mentally-ill, wheelchair bound, one-armed, one-legged man was shot to death by a Houston, Texas police officer, Saturday night.

Houson, Texas police officer Matthew Jacob Marin responded to a call for a man in a wheelchair causing a disturbance at a group home.

Houston, Texas police department spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the man, later identified as Brian Clounch, cornered the officer in his wheelchair and was threatening the officer while waving a metal object.

That object turned out to be a pen.

Silva said at the time, officer Marin did not know what the object was that Clounch was waving.

She told the Associated Press, “Fearing for his partner’s safety and his own safety, he discharged his weapon.”

Silva said Clounch came “within inches to a foot” of the officer and did not follow instructions to clam down amd remain  still.

John Garcia, the group home’s owner said Clounch, who was in his 40′s, had a history of mental illness and that he had been living at the house for about 18 months.

According to Garcia, Clounch had told him that he had lost a leg above the knee and all of one arm when he was hit by a train.

“He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it,” Garcia said.

According to Silva, Marin is a five year veteran of the department.

This is not the first time in Marin’s career as a Houston police officer that he has fatally shot someone.

In 2009, Houston police investigators said Marin shot a man who had stabbed his neighbor to death.

Sadly, this is just another example of police officers not knowing how to deal with situations involving emotionally disturbed individuals.

As a writer and activist exposing police misconduct and corruption, I have covered many cases involving police officers unnecessarily killing mentally-ill persons.

Just this past June, in my hometown of Rochester, NY, Israel “Izzy” Andino, a mentally-ill young man was shot at least 11 times by 7 Rochester, NY Police officers.

Andino was despondent, and was walking down the street with a rifle.

RPD officers had several opportunities to subdue Andino or at least try other non-lethal measures, but instead chose to execute Andino on his 20th birthday, in a modern-day firing squad, in the middle of a residential street full of young children.

Unfortunately, Andino is not the first mentally-ill person executed by Rochester, NY Police officers.

Despite the Rochester Police department having an Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team (E.D.P.R.T.), the team, whose creation in 2005 was lauded in the media by the RPD, is seldomly deployed, and was never called in the Andino incident.

Perhaps Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ed Reitman, speaking on the Houston, Texas police shooting of Brian Clounch, said it best. “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.”

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Davy V. is a Cuban-American Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer and Freelance Writer, best known for using the power of video and film to expose Police Brutality, Corruption and Misconduct. The son of the late Mario Vara, a community activist who for years fought against Police Brutality and Misconduct in Rochester, New York, Davy V. got his start in Television and Video by tagging along and working camera for his father's cable access television show, "La Voz Del Pueblo" (The Voice of The People). Davy V. later went on to produce and host "KEEP IT ON THE REEL", a cable access TV show with a mix of Hip Hop as well as issues affecting African-Americans and Latinos in Rochester, NY, such as Police Brutality and Misconduct. Some guests on the show included Treach, KayGee and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature, Method Man, Funkdoobiest, Da Youngstas, and the Rottin' Razkals. Davy V. won the U.S. ACM Video Festival Award for his Documentary, "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" about the Rochester, New York Police Department and their long history of misconduct, corruption and unnecessary killings of unarmed innocent citizens. "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" and Davy V.'s follow up, "R.P.D.: Badges of DISHONOR, CORRUPTION and MURDER!" were both screened at the National Hip Hop Political Convention at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Davy V.'s work has been featured in publications such as THE SOURCE Hip Hop Magazine, URBAN AMERICA Magazine, The Ave. Magazine, Insider Magazine, La Voz Newspaper, Minority Reporter Newspaper, CNY LATINO Newspaper, DOWN Magazine, as well as on television news stations, and programs such as CNN and Inside Edition. In addition to his freelance writing, Davy V. also writes a monthly Op/Ed Column for LA VOZ Magazine and Minority Reporter Newspaper. In June 2012, Davy V. joined Cop Block as a regular contributor.
  • disgustedgovtvictim

    im sure there was no time to evaluate the situation and come up with options, just had to shoot before anyone could be maimed or killed!

  • Ian

    How the @#$% do you not recognize a pen from less than two feet away?

  • 2minutes

    Wait….he had one arm, with which he was waving a pen, and one leg? And he still managed to corner a police officer in such a way that he was an immediate threat of serious harm to that officer? So much so that he had to be killed?

    I just don’t get it; I mean, on one hand, these officers want us to believe that they are the White Knight, a golden paragon of virtue and justice, out there putting their lives on the line to protect all of us (by us, and to continue the medieval analogy, I mean the common serfs); yet on the other hand these same officers are so afraid of a crippled man in a wheelchair that they have to kill him to feel safe?

    It seems to me that the biggest threat to the general public is the fear a police officer feels in doing his job. Its that fear that the officer uses to defend his actions in unjust killings, be it man or animal – the officer was in fear for his safety. Even when the circumstances are completely unwarranted, such as killing a chained animal in his own yard when the officer has no business being there (Jason Robershaw and Smokey) or killing a man in his own home when he has done nothing wrong, and the police have no business being there (John Adams, killed in a wrong house drug raid).

    It certainly seems like there are a lot of scared police officers out there, operating under the motto of ‘to protect and serve’; but how do you protect anyone when you are so afraid? Poorly, it seems.

  • http://buelahman.wordpress.com/ BuelahMan

    Another hero for Common Sense to worship.

  • bjjmadmonkey1

    These fucking pigs are intentionally out of control!

  • The_Lakewood_4_Are_Burning_In_Hell

    I had to look for the news story, just to be sure. It seemed impossible that two able bodied cops would have to resort to lethal force when confronted with a wheelchair bound double amputee armed with a pen. Had to be a joke or somehow misleading headline.

    Nope. And there will be members of the Authoritarian Circle Jerk who will see nothing wrong with this story.

  • The_Lakewood_4_Are_Burning_In_Hell

    I’ll save our resident cop/pedophile, Common Sense, the trouble.

    “Good job, officers.”

  • Common Sense

    …seems HPD confirms the pen isn’t mighter than the sword.

  • John Q Public

    That was stupid of the cops. The guy isn’t going anyplace in a wheelchair. If he has a pen in his only hand, he can’t wheel around after the cops. I think that Marin screwed up badly.

  • The_Lakewood_4_Are_Burning_In_Hell

    So what about 2nd degree murder? Is there any bullshit spinning of this that cannot make it murder? Armed with a pen. Wheelchair bound. Missing 2 limbs. In what place, other than the fevered imagination of the Authoritarian Circle Jerk, is it not murder to shoot such a person?

    But I guarantee that they will be cleared after a short “internal investigation”. Maybe a terse note in personnel jacket. Maybe as far as a paid vacation of things really get hairy.

  • The_Lakewood_4_Are_Burning_In_Hell

    Common, your response was pedtastic.

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  • sonny

    Doesn’t surprise me not one dam bit they murder the old the young the poor the mentally challenged now the disabled and mentally handicapped.They must be giving the young black guys a day off because those young men are their favorite targets.I would hate to no that killing a helpless man in a wheelchair was the only way i could prove i was a man i would rather stay a child.

  • Carlos

    o what we are supposed to believe is that this one arm man, stuck in a wheel chair which obviously limited his ability to move, is so close to this cop that he can swing his only arm (therefore can not move the wheel chair while he is swinging) and he is close enough to the officer to strike the officer, but the officer is so far away, that he cannot tell what is in the man’s hand. I guess the one arm man either had really long arms, say 15 feet long or so, or the cop was blind and this is therefore simply a case of blind justice. I find this to be absolutely incredible.

    If you have ever been in a wheel chair, you know you must use 2 arms to go in a straight line. With one arm all you can do is go in circles. To get anywhere someone needed to push him.

    So how the hell does someone who can only make the wheelchair go in circles “corner” the cop? If he had a motorized chair, he still would have had to control it with his good hand, even if he had the pen in it.

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    Why do you stay away from Criminals? Because they can ruin your life.
    Why do you stay away from Cops? Because they can ruin your life.

    The game in life is to try and get through it without ever having contact with either group.
    Both groups are hunting you for different reasons – but both will ruin your day.
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    Police is a dis-GRACE for America.

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    Carlos

  • Carlos

    I guess he was upset cause he didn’t know how to handcuff the guy. Are you kidding me? This is a fact, if you cannot tell someone is pointing an Ink Pen at you from a foot away, you have NO BUSINESS carrying a gun, PERIOD. You sure have no business being a COP.
    If you are that trigger happy, get a different job. There are 100 other ways to ‘disarm” a person with two missing limbs.


    Sad that he’ll likely get away with it, and probably get a medal for gunning down the guy.

    Carlos

  • Carlos

    Sooo…Let Me Get this STRAIGHT; TWO, Not one BUT TWO, 9MM ARMED ABLE BODIED “Officers” got to a nursing home, are Confronted and “Cornered” by an “EXTREMELY Dangerous” and Snarling One legged, One Armed OLD Nut-Job in a Wheelchair, to boot, Who doesn’t even know what Day It Is and, the cops say, about to “smoke these two Bozos”?? So they pull out their Nines and Snuff him in “Self Defense”???? is That It???????
    This belongs as A COMPLETE And INDEPENDENT SCENE in “Police Academy”

  • Carlos

    See this article linked below titled :

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    You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist.

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    at:

    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/youre-eight-times-more-likely-to-be-killed-by-a-police-officer-than-a-terrorist/

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    Carlos

  • Carlos

    Police Raid Wrong House, Kill 61-Year Old Man
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    A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door.

    One official, later in the article, claims that they did “the best surveillance we could do.” Really? Well, that’s not good enough.

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    From: ABC News
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    Carlos

  • Yankee Fan

    Carlos,

    This is the kind of mistake that would cost someone their job in almost any other profession. Imagine if a customer at a pharmacy received the wrong meds and had a severe reaction and died or suffered permenant disabilities as a result and the owner of the pharmacy chain came out and said something similiar to what this chief said. I can guarantee you the reporters would start asking questions only after the hysterical laughter died down and they then asked…”No, really, who is to blame here for the incompetence and ineptitude of the pharmacy staff for handing out the wrong meds to the patient”?

    This why a citizen review board is so necessary so we can ask these idiots in blue the questions that needed to be asked. Such as….”Did you vette the information from the informant and try to determine how accurate it is? or “Did you or your partner actually double check the address on the warrant before you went in?” Never fear, Carlos because the police will do a complete top to bottom investigation which will quell all our fears and concerns about their neolithic incompetence!

  • shawn

    This was just plain silly. Do cops really want these two officers being seen as representing their profession? Most people would have a hard time not laughing at the ‘threat’

  • http://yahoo larry

    More incompetent morons on the dept. You know why they shoot first and ask questions latter? Because they are too fat to chase any one down. Even a one-arm, one-lagged man in a wheelchair. While he was waving his arm around, with a pen that looked like a 45 auto, and stearing his wheelchair with his dick.

    He is a class A-1 Pig.

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  • sonny

    Carlos,a citizens review board usually has one cop as a member not all but most anyway.So its been proven that police review boards side with the police 9 out of 10 times and the chief doesn’t have to do as the board says so to me a board is worthless.

  • shawn

    @Sonny

    They aren’t worthless. You still get an honest investigation on behalf of the public, instead of the usual whitewash when cops investigate cops.

  • sonny

    I keep hearing that if he been trained to Handel the mentally handicap then this might not have happen.Sorry but i disagree with that he is trained ” street trained ” he deals with the homeless the addicts and the mentally ill probably everyday.so he new he was told the man had mental problems but he was TRIGGER HAPPY AGAIN i said again because he has killed before and he will kill again.the dept has a killer in uniform and they don’t no what to do with him.If they fire him they are afraid it will leed to more police assaults and if they don’t fire his ass people will think cover-up.he should be treated as you or me and that would be ” indicted and tried in court for murder WE WOULD BE IN JAIL NOW.

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  • terry

    TENN deputy was showing his gun collection to friends when he stated a four year old boy hit the gun causing it to go off and kill his wife.the deputy was cleared by HIS DEPT and no charges filed.the investigation lasted about 20 minutes and that is unusual in TENN most cop shootings last about 10 minutes.