TX Agencies Fail to Report 16 Officer-Involved Shootings

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Sixteen officer-involved shootings have not been reported to the Texas attorney general as required under a groundbreaking new Texas law aimed at enhancing transparency in the often high-profile incidents, the Houston Chronicle reports. At least 14 Texas law enforcement agencies failed to report 11 instances of an officer shooting a civilian, including 10 deaths. Agencies also failed to report five incidents where officers were shot, including two deaths. Shootings are supposed to be reported within 30 days under the law, which took effect in 2015. There are no consequences for violators. The legislator who authored the reform hopes to change that.

“We need to fix the fact that we have a state law on the books that doesn’t carry with it any penalty,” said Rep. Eric Johnson. “That was the compromise that we settled on last session to get the bill done, and now we want to come back and button this up.” So far, 106 law enforcement agencies have reported shooting 238 civilians, 105 fatally, as of Jan. 31. Agencies also reported 39 officers were shot, six of whom died. Reports were still missing for at least 16 other shootings that injured four people and killed 12, according to a comparison of the data with other publicly-available information on shootings.

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