Ex-Freeport cop not guilty in shooting that injured sleeping neighbor

A Brazoria County jury on Tuesday acquitted a former police officer for accidentally shooting his sleeping neighbor through their shared apartment wall. Following the verdict – which the six-member jury reached after less than one hour – Reggie Rossow Jr. walked up to former Freeport police officer Matthew McInnis and shook hands with the man whose bullet caused severe injuries, including the removal of Rossow’s […]

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 […]

Exploring Texas’ officer-involved shootings (AAS)

As printed in the Austin American-Statesman Sunday, Sept. 4  Texas police reported shooting 159 people in the first year that the state tracked such cases under a ground-breaking new law. Austin and Fort Worth each saw five of those shootings — compared to eight apiece in San Antonio and Dallas and 31 in Houston. Some of the most troubling episodes revealed in the new records […]