Police shootings accountability bill signed into law

The State of Texas will soon be able to fine law enforcement agencies that don’t properly report officer-involved shootings. On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbot gave final approval to changes to the 2015 law that requires agencies to fill out a one-page form and file it with the Attorney General’s office within 30 days of a shooting. The bill, by Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), was one of […]

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 […]