Police shootings rarely result in indictments, and even more rarely see the officers involved convicted of felonies, which makes this incident in Conroe an outlier.
Post-Ferguson, post-Eric Garner, post-Tamir Rice, relations between police and the people they’re tasked to protect and serve are especially strained—even as far from where those events happened as Texas.
It’s better to have video evidence than not, but those who present police body cameras as a solution to our national predicament involving police relations need to look at cases from Jasper, Texas, to New York City to see that the problem is more complicated than that.
On Thursday, four officers arrived at the scene near the University of Texas campus to arrest a young woman for jaywalking. A video of the arrest went viral, prompting APD Chief Art Acevedo to defend his officers in a curious manner.
Police violence toward humans is very much a topic in the news right now, so why does a video of an officer shooting a dog trigger a different sort of outrage?
The story of Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr., the Austin man who was killed by police after being suspected of attempted fraud, is moving further along in the justice system.
13-year-old Landry Thompson, from Tulsa, was on a trip to Houston with her dance instructor, 29-year-old Emmanuel Hurd, and her dance partner, 22-year-old Josiah Kelly, to tape a dance video at Houston’s Planet Funk Studio. When police saw the three of them parked in a gas station lot, they had Thompson taken to a Child Protection Services facility.
As the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, has escalated, a Houston teen and others turned to social media to wonder how traditional media might depict them if they were shot by police.
The use of bait cars—or cars planted by police to lure potential car thieves—is a controversial practice. But Dallas Police intend to use them to get their arrest numbers up.
Colt Morgan, 29, is suspected of killing Wende Marshall. When police attempted to arrest him in Buffalo, Texas—two hours northwest of Houston—he attacked the officer and has been on the run ever since.