A suspicious man brandished a shotgun in an Austin park—then in New York. The responses of the two police departments were markedly different.
In a post-Roe Texas, cities such as San Antonio have tried to protect reproductive health care—but a state government big on preemption has other plans.
The career criminal was found dead after a two-day manhunt in East Texas. A writer recalls reporting on the circumstances of Haynes’s death.
Justin Berry was running a sleepy state House race against Ellen Troxclair before his policing at George Floyd protests came to the fore.
Austinites Ban Public Homeless Camps, While San Antonio Voters Protect the Police’s Ability to Collectively Bargain
Plus, Lubbock becomes Texas's largest "sanctuary city for the unborn."
Lawmakers will have their hands full with a budget deficit and the pandemic. Here's what else to watch for this session.
The former city manager talks about a dead rat in a gift basket, a poop sandwich, and her timely new memoir, ‘Greedy Bastards.’
The announcement comes amid growing questions about the legitimacy of the investigation that led to the deadly raid.
The police tactic is controversial but common—particularly in Texas.
The Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Shen Jean in his own apartment, indicted for murder, now awaits trial. Here's a quick primer on where things stand.
On our latest podcast, Andy Langer talks to Houston’s top cop about the gun debate and his first eighteen months on the job.
The new policy is a bit of a chin-scratcher.
Sally Hernandez, Kim Ogg, and Catrina Shead speak about the importance of working together to protect a city's most vulnerable residents.
Astros, don’t make Art Acevedo wear a Yankees jersey.
When a gunman opened fire during a protest in Dallas last summer, killing five people, it was the city’s police chief who knew the words a rattled country needed to hear. In fact, he knew them all too well.
”Sergeant Carroll was alerted by the mother duck” to the situation.
Police were called while Williams was taking a walk in the East Texas woods.
Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have a lot to say about protecting police lives—but the biggest threats to officers aren’t toting guns.
The details continue to come out, the story looks bad on the surface.
Brian T. Encinia, the police officer who arrested Sandra Bland, has been charged with perjury—and that’s likely to be the extent of the criminal justice system’s involvement in the case.
Last week, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted on 18 charges, ranging from rape in the first degree to forced oral sodomy, after being accused of sexually assaulting 13 women. The case ended up making national headlines, and the details of how Holtzclaw raped so many women–and
After an incident last week saw several young black people on Sixth Street punched by police, the question of who’s allowed to misbehave in Austin’s bar district is especially relevant.
One of the more tragic cases in Texas in recent memory continues its journey through the legal system.
Video footage of a teenage boy placed in a chokehold by school resource officers adds a new layer to an ongoing debate.
The law requires teachers to report abuse allegations, but recordings from a meeting between MariBeth Thomas and Prosper ISD administrators reveal that the district preferred to keep things in-house.
The personal life of the slain sheriff’s deputy is no one’s business, but it could be important to his alleged killer's defense.
Whataburger landed itself in another pickle—but not the kind on its tasty burgers.
Transparency and action after an officer-involved shooting could indicate a fundamental shift.
An Angelo State football player was shot and killed by police in Arlington over the weekend, and questions remain.
The last few days of the life of Sandra Bland tell us things about ourselves, and the culture we’ve built, that we’d rather not know.
The purported suicide of Sandra Bland in Waller County jail has taken some new turns.
Officials in Waller County say that the woman’s death was a suicide. Her friends and family don’t believe it. And there are 64 other deaths in Texas this year make it harder to trust the official story.
A colorful man with a colorful bird had a hard time in the Tyler police station.
A mounted police officer grabs the camera of a man filming a tense incident on Sixth Street, and a fellow officer steps in to shoot a stream of pepper spray into the man’s face. But how many videos of police behaving badly can we handle?
The viral story of a pool party in McKinney became the latest flashpoint in the ongoing conversation about police and race in America.
After a Sunday afternoon in a Waco strip mall ended with nine people shot to death in broad daylight, people are questioning how differently the police and media react to this sort of violence when the perpetrators are white.
Solid reporting from the University of Texas School of Journalism investigates the gender and racial makeup of law enforcement in Texas.
Police Officer Lets a Rock-Paper-Scissors Game Determine Whether an Underage Drinking Suspect Will Get in Trouble
Burleson County law enforcement apparently prefers officers use a different standard than rock-paper-scissors when determining infractions.
Lots of bad news—often caught on camera.
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.
The Court of Criminal Appeals Ruled That Police Can’t Take Blood From DWI Suspects Without a Warrant
That could have implications for "no refusal weekend" policies across the state.
Olivia Lord told Dallas police officers that her boyfriend put a gun to his head after a drunken argument. Detective Dwayne Thompson couldn’t see how the evidence—or motive—made any sense. How did Michael Burnside die on May 9, 2010?
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?
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.
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.
A Grand Jury Indicted A Retired Austin Police Detective For Killing An Unarmed Black Man In The Line Of Duty
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.
Undercover stings and an official Bicycle Management Plan are the start of what the city has in order.
High-speed chases are dangerous, and now more avoidable.
Cops take to their cameras with #tweetalongs—but is it fair for officers to tweet out pictures of the people they stop?
More minutiae from the University of Texas at Austin's infamously comical police blotter, including memories from longtime author Darrell Halstead and the story of a student who "made" Campus Watch.