How Texas DAs handle officer-involved shootings

In Texas, it’s up to a county’s district attorney to decide how to handle officer-involved shootings. Populous counties typically have a specialized unit that reviews law enforcement’s work and decide the next course of action. Below is a look at how the cases are probed in four counties across the Lone Star State, based on interviews with the offices of Travis County District Attorney Margaret […]

Training day with the TPA

Getting out of your comfort zone is a must-do for journalists, in my opinion. That’s one reason why I felt it was important to take a training course for law enforcement put on by the Texas Police Association recently. Most of the participants were Texas Department of Public Safety officers (and brass) who are now required to take the eight-hour verbal de-escalation class. It was an […]

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 […]