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Continued: Texas prosecutors' shooting simulator stirs debate on whether it promotes pro-police mindset

  • Article by: JUAN A. LOZANO , Associated Press
  • Last update: May 5, 2014 - 3:45 PM

The district attorney's office in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the court system in New York City confirmed they do not use such simulators but declined to comment on the practice.

Randall Kallinen, with the Greater Houston Coalition For Justice, believes the shooting simulator promotes a pro-law enforcement bias because it only presents situations where shootings seem justified or can be excused as accidents.

"Instead of looking at the facts of the case, (grand jurors) will go back to the (simulator) video," said Kallinen, a civil rights attorney.

Harris County's simulator has so far withstood scrutiny by the courts. A judge last month ruled against defense attorney Paul Looney, who challenged his client's indictment by saying the simulations place grand jurors "subliminally in the shoes of the police officer." The defendant, an oil company executive, is charged with assaulting a Houston police officer last year.

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