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HPD Shootings, Sunnyside, and Olivewood: Wednesday’s Show (February 17, 2016)

Officer-involved civilian shootings have been under greater scrutiny in recent years, after several high-profile cases nationwide. But what about closer to home? According to data recently analyzed by the Houston Chronicle, over the last six years, Houston Police Department officers have shot at least 274 civilians while on duty. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

Officer-involved civilian shootings have been under greater scrutiny in recent years, after several high-profile cases nationwide. But what about closer to home? According to data recently analyzed by the Houston Chronicle, over the last six years, Houston Police Department officers have shot at least 274 civilians while on duty.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about those shootings and the demographics of those involved, as we talk with Houston Chronicle criminal justice reporter St. John Barned-Smith. We welcome your questions and comments, as well.

Also this hour: Paige Phelps talks with Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins about the challenges facing one of the neighborhoods he represents in District D, Sunnyside.

Then: We welcome your gardening questions for Linda Gay, horticulturist and gardener with The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball.

Plus: A photo exhibit on display now at Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History chronicles the disrepair of Olivewood Cemetery, an historic African-American burial site in a part of town once known as Chaneyville. Michael Hagerty takes us on a tour of Olivewood to learn more about efforts to restore it.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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