06/02/2008

Houston police training faces more changes

By Lise Olsen and Cindy George
The Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — In just three weeks in 2003, two unarmed teenagers were fatally shot by Houston Police Department officers -- both of whom said they accidentally fired.

In the aftermath of the deaths of Eli Escobar II, 14, and Jose Vargas Jr., 15, families mourned, activists marched and city leaders reacted. Not long after, police leaders bought Tasers as a nonlethal alternative to firearms and funded additional tactical training.

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