The controversial law, which had been scheduled to take effect Friday, has pitted Republican state leaders against several Democratic-leaning cities. Critics argue the law encourages racial profiling and frays relations between police and immigrant communities.
Trump, suffering from low approval ratings, has been eager to seize the moment by engaging with the disastrous damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. But will he manage to master the delicate politics of natural disasters, which proved to be a Waterloo for the George W. Bush presidency during Hurricane Katrina?
Police on a road rage task force in Arlington have written nearly 600 citations in the past six weeks following a fatal shooting that began as a traffic dispute on June 25. A police official says encounters between motorists have increased in frequency and severity.
Staffing increases and technological improvements by the U.S. Border Patrol have helped reduce illegal immigration along the southwestern border in recent years. Yet hundreds continue to die annually during desperate bids to reach the U.S.
The Texas GOP seems hellbent on passing a controversial law that would prompt gender-policing in bathrooms. Many of that state’s top cops, including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, tried in vain to talk them out of it.
Officer Roy Oliver shot and killed Jordan Edwards, 15, as he rode in a car with four other youths last Saturday night. The arrest warrant affidavit says another officer used his gun to break the car’s rear window before Oliver got behind the officer and fired several rounds into the car as it drove past.
Precise records are hard to come by, but an Austin newspaper says that since 2009 at least 50 Child Protective Services caseworkers have been caught lying to prosecutors, ignoring court orders, falsifying state records or obstructing law enforcement investigations.
The police chief in Balch Springs, Tex., claimed that an officer fired in self-defense Saturday night as a car filled with teenagers aggressively backed up toward him. He now says body-cam footage proves that an officer fired a fatal shot as the car sped away. “It did not meet our core values,” he said of his officer’s actions.