Austin Rioter Shot by Bean Bag Critically Injured

(WBAP/KLIF) — The brother of a 20-year-old student who was shot and seriously injured by police at a protest in Austin, Texas, says law enforcement’s use of munitions such as beanbags, should be reviewed.

Justin Howell was hospitalized in critical condition after a May 31st riot and was discharged this week. He was shot in the head with a bean bag and his brother, Josh Howell, says he has brain damage.

The police chief says the officer who shot Howell was aiming at another rioter who was throwing rocks at police. The city and police department have since taken steps toward banning the use of such munitions at violent protests.

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