Mental health issues examined in second Point of Impact case

Perhaps because this incident took place in Paris, Texas, where few knew Garrett Steven McKinney, this shooting from September 2015 attracted little attention. Through records and interviews, Point of Impact examines the incident in an effort to explain more about why unarmed people are sometimes shot and killed by law enforcement. McKinney’s shooti ng is one of 19 under review during this year-long project. Posted in full on […]

Texas DPS shooting ends man’s battle with mental illness

Three minutes passed between friendly fist-bump and deadly shooting. State Trooper Timothy Keele spotted Garrett Steven McKinney on the evening of Sept. 21, 2015 straddling a concrete highway barrier in the North Texas town of Paris. McKinney, still built as he was during his football days at Bowie High School, was waving his arms and kicking up his legs at passing cars. What Keele didn’t […]

Texas police have shot 159 people since last September

Completing our Labor Day weekend rollout, the San Antonio Express-News ran our introductory story on the front page Tuesday, Sept. 6. Read the story here, and refresh/search online if you can’t read the full story – like the Chronicle, the Express-News keeps some content behind a paywall. To explore demographic information on the shootings, check out the graphics below. View/search document collection

Houston sees far more shootings than other Texas cities

The Houston Chronicle ran a version of our first story on the front page on Monday, Sept. 5. It highlights some numbers specific to Houston, a city that has seen far more officer-involved shootings than others in Texas over the past 12 months. Read the story here, and refresh/search online if you can’t read the full story – the Chronicle keeps some content behind a paywall. To explore demographic […]

Point of Impact launches

AUSTIN, Texas – A cellphone mistaken for a gun as an officer tries to serve a warrant that leads to the death of a man as his wife watches. A man suffering a mental health crisis who doesn’t respond properly to an officer’s commands, is seen as a deadly threat and killed. A 12-year-old injured by police gunfire during a pursuit, the incident so shrouded in secrecy that […]

Officer-Involved shooting statistics

Interactions between the public and law enforcement, along with race relations and use of force concerns, are major concerns among society these days. That concern is reflected in the media, which is now covering these issues like never before. Point of Impact is focusing on the unarmed people who are shot by law enforcement in Texas. The Texas Tribune’s series, “Unholstered,” examines police shootings in […]

Statistics on officers shot

Texas’ new law also requires law enforcement to report to the Texas attorney general when an officer was shot. According to the reports filed with the state, 21 officers were shot, including four who were killed. However, the tally does not include the fatal shootings of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson or Euless Police Department Officer David Stefan Hofer. Neither of their deaths had been […]