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By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to Houston’s police chief, officials with the U.S. Justice Department are investigating six cases involving officers with the Houston Police Department.

Over the last two years federal officials are studying cases in which HPD officers fatally shot or allegedly used excessive force against people. One of the cases being investigated is the fatal shooting of Brian Claunch, a man who was wheelchair-bound and mentally ill. Officers said that Claunch threatened them with what turned out to be a ball point pen.

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, who stated that he is certain that HPD officers used the department’s procedures and processes to execute the highest standards of law enforcement, is being praised for his efforts in training HPD officers.

According to the HPD’s website, “The mission of the Houston Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Houston by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment.”

Chief McClelland was sworn in as Chief of the Houston Police Department on April 14, 2010 and oversees the country’s fifth largest police agency.

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