Rookie convicted of negligent homicide failed firearms, other police testing


By Lise Olsen
The Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Texas — The rookie Houston Police Department officer who shot and killed a 14-year-old special education student in one of the decade's most controversial shootings earned his badge and gun despite flunking a crucial test of firearms handling as well as initial police field training, according to documents recently made public as part of a civil rights lawsuit.

Officer Arthur J. Carbonneau also failed 16 of 30 subjects in his mandatory Texas peace officers' test, including "use-of-force law," "use-of-force concepts" and "arrest, search and seizure," records show.

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