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.
Newly released documents reveal shoddy workmanship and deceptive supervision in the production of more than 100,000 helmets by federal prisoners in Beaumont. Federal officials said they found no evidence of injuries or deaths to soldiers resulting from the work.
Houston’s Harris County is diverting some people arrested for marijuana possession from the criminal justice system, showing that the ripple effects of drug law reform over the past few years are being felt even in conservative states, according to a study published by Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The study, entitled “Second Chances: the Economic and Social Benefits of Expanding Drug Diversion Programs in Harris County,” looks at how the First Chance Intervention Program (FCIP)—which […]
In an apparent reversal of position, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier this year that his state would comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)—but his assurance came with a catch, which advocates say could erode the federal government's “zero tolerance” policy on sexual assaults in correctional facilities. Abbott wrote in an annual PREA compliance report, filed May 15 to the Attorney General, that Texas would implement PREA standards “wherever feasible.” His predecessor, Gov. Rick Perry had famously rejected […]