Police chief who led the response to the school shooting in Uvalde had no radio at the scene, reports say
The revelation is the latest to point to deficiencies and missteps in authorities’ response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School. Police opted to wait for reinforcements and tactical gear, taking more than an hour to confront and take down the shooter.
In battered Uvalde, where a police chief is in hiding, grief gives way to calls for accountability
As chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department, it was Arredondo’s call to wait more than an hour for backup instead of ordering officers on scene to immediately charge the shooter.
Uvalde school district’s police chief didn’t know about 911 calls coming from inside the school, lawmaker says
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, said the commanding officer at the scene of the shooting was not informed about the calls that Uvalde police were receiving, calling the lack of coordination a “system failure.”
Austin police officers who were indicted over actions during George Floyd protests sue the city
Several demonstrators who participated in the protests in response to George Floyd’s murder were seriously injured when they were struck by police with “less than lethal” beanbag rounds. The officers’ suit says they did not receive training on how to use this type of ammunition.
Webb County, a Democratic stronghold, is set to welcome Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial migrant arrests
The county is the most populous to embrace the Republican governor’s “catch-and-jail” policy to arrest people accused of crossing the border illegally for state crimes, including trespassing.
James Smith named special agent in charge of FBI Houston Field Office
Director Christopher Wray has named James Smith as the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Houston Field Office . Smith most recently served as a chief of staff to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters in Washington.
‘We are coming after you’: 19 Houston area suspects, including man who shot 3 HPD officers, charged in federal crackdown on illegal guns
US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced federal charges and indictments against 19 people, including the man accused of shooting three Houston police officers during a police chase on Jan. 27, during a news conference on the possession of illegal firearms in the Houston area.
Gov. Greg Abbott floats pardons for Austin police officers charged with excessive force in 2020 protests
Abbott’s move is the latest in a long clash between Texas Republicans and Austin-area officials over policing — and comes as the push for reform in the Texas capital enters a more complex and uncertain chapter.
Houston-area has had 2 officers killed and 5 hurt in first weeks of 2022
For the fourth time this year, news of law enforcement officers being hurt in the line of duty is in the headlines in Houston. The officers and deputies in the two most recent cases survived. The officers in the earlier cases tragically did not.
Analysis: A swelling Texas treasury gives 2022 hopefuls room for big ideas
As the political season starts, the contestants got an unexpected bit of good news: The state comptroller says the next Legislature will start with almost $25 billion in the state treasury. Expensive campaign promises just got a lot easier to make.
In latest blunder, charges dropped against migrants arrested in Texas governor’s border crackdown because of faulty paperwork
The migrants were arrested for trespassing, but court documents failed to specify what property they allegedly trespassed upon. It’s the latest misstep in implementation of Greg Abbott’s border initiative, which has seen frequent violations of state law and disregard for due process rights.
Congressional Democrats ask feds to investigate whether Texas migrant arrests violate constitutional rights
Under a Gov. Greg Abbott initiative, more than 1,600 migrants have been arrested for allegedly trespassing on private property after crossing the Texas-Mexico border. The arrests and subsequent imprisonment of the migrants have led to state law violations and constitutional concerns.
Migrants arrested by Texas in border crackdown are being imprisoned for weeks without legal help or formal charges
Defense attorneys have started asking courts to set migrants free because local justice systems, overwhelmed by arrests under Gov. Greg Abbott's border security push, are routinely violating state law and constitutional due process rights.
After a Texas prosecutor dismissed dozens of migrant trespassing cases, some men were dropped at a border bus station
Officials said immigration authorities weren’t interested in taking migrants who had no criminal conviction into federal custody. But without documentation, at least one newly released migrant soon found himself back in detention.
Thanks to local politics and a railroad, rural Kinney County accounts for most of Texas’ migrant arrests
Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security push, Texas state police have arrested hundreds of migrants in the conservative county, usually after spotting them on cargo trains or walking remote ranch lands. Sent to a state prison retooled as an immigration jail, many men were left without lawyers for weeks.
An 18-year-old Venezuelan was among the first set free from Texas’ new jail for migrants. No one knew what to do with him.
After more than three weeks in jail, a trespassing charge against the man was dropped because state troopers shouldn’t have arrested him under Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security push. He wound up in bureaucratic limbo for days as federal agencies passed the responsibility for resolving his immigration status.
The first migrants arrested in Gov. Greg Abbott's border crackdown have served their time. Federal officials will decide what happens next.
The Texas governor has derided federal immigration policy as "catch and release." But unless federal authorities now take them into custody, the migrants Abbott ordered state troopers to arrest could soon be freed.
Army sergeant indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges after fatally shooting Austin protester Garrett Foster in 2020
Army Sgt. Daniel Perry shot and killed Foster, who was legally armed, after an altercation during a protest against police brutality last summer, police said. Perry argues it was in self defense.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plans to curb Chicago summer violence includes focus on 15 high-violence beats
Facing pressure to reduce skyrocketing Chicago violence, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday said her administration will focus this summer on 15 police beats that she said account for a major chunk of the city’s street crime. Police will work in these areas but the city also will team up with community groups, libraries, and other providers to mentor young people as part of Lightfoot’s summer strategy, mirroring her administration’s previous approach to Chicago violence. The beats are largely concentrated on the South and West Sides, ranging from Austin, North Lawndale and West Humboldt Park to South Chicago, Roseland and Auburn Gresham.chicagotribune.com
Legislators running out of time to pass bills curbing law enforcement agencies from hiring bad cops
Texas law enforcement agencies have long dealt with troublesome cops who move from one department to another. Transparency bills aim to make their disciplinary records more easily accessible to law enforcement agencies.
Ford City Mall shopper shot, seriously injured during ‘alarming, but isolated’ incident, officials say
Local law enforcement cleared the mall to resume business, though some retailers decided to close for the remainder of the day, and have certified that there is no present or immediate danger to the public, the statement said.chicagotribune.com
Texas leads the U.S. in officer-related deaths in 2020, report finds
HOUSTON – 2020 was the deadliest year for officer-related deaths, and Texas tops a nationwide list produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. The organization found officer deaths have increased sharply by 96%, with COVID-19 being the leading cause, according to a news release distributed this week. Texas leads the U.S. in officer fatalities, with 48 in 2020, followed by New York, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana, the release said. Thirteen states did not lose an officer in 2020. “As the leading authority in line-of-duty deaths, this time of year always reminds us of the sacrifice of law enforcement and the importance of our mission to honor the fallen, tell the story of American law enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve.” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto.
‘You will be caught’: Montgomery County announces increased DWI enforcement through Thanksgiving weekend
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – Starting Wednesday, Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will begin to conduct increased DWI enforcement over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, in conjunction with both state and local law enforcement agencies, will increase no-refusal operations and DWI enforcement throughout Montgomery County. During this time, the District Attorney’s office, through their No Refusal TxDOT Grant, will provide nurses, prosecutors, and investigators, to assist law enforcement in obtaining blood evidence in cases were a DWI suspect refuses to provide a scientific sample. “Many Montgomery County law enforcement agencies have committed to increasing DWI Enforcement to catch as many impaired drivers as possible.”“As many travel to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones, law enforcement will be out looking for impaired drivers and working to keep our roads safe,” Andrew James, Vehicular Crimes Chief, is quoted as saying in the news release about the event. “If you chose to drive impaired, you will be caught, and you will be prosecuted.
El Paso shooting: Trump, politicians respond to reports of active shooter near Texas mall
Stay safe, El Paso. https://t.co/BU0AH6Y8Rv Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 3, 2019Utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso. "Stay safe El Paso. ""Utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso," Escobar tweeted. Please stay safe."abc13.com
Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: 6-year-old boy, 13-year-old girl, man in 20s identified as victims killed in attack at annual California event
My office is monitoring the situation closely. https://t.co/GrtHjtCEz7 Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 29, 2019Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019EMBED >More News Videos Video posted to Twitter shows crowds fleeing after shots are fired at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. They were there and engaged with the suspect, who was armed with an assault-type rifle, in less than a minute. My office is closely monitoring the situation.abc13.com
LIVE: Gilroy police give update on festival shooting
My office is monitoring the situation closely. https://t.co/GrtHjtCEz7 Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 29, 2019Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019EMBED >More News Videos Video posted to Twitter shows crowds fleeing after shots are fired at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Of the injured patients, at least 12 were being treated for gunshot wounds, while the others had non-gunshot-related injuries.Police Chief Scot Smithee says the shooting took place on north side of the festival. Gavin Newsom sent a statement on Twitter, saying the shooting was "nothing short of horrific.abc13.com
Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting leaves 4 dead, including suspect
My office is monitoring the situation closely. https://t.co/GrtHjtCEz7 Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 29, 2019Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019EMBED >More News Videos Video posted to Twitter shows crowds fleeing after shots are fired at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. GILROY, Calif. -- Police say three victims and one suspect are dead after multiple people were shot at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday.The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, according to police.ATF and police are searching a home belonging to Legan's father in Churchill Place in Gilroy. Gavin Newsom sent a statement on Twitter, saying the shooting was "nothing short of horrific.abc13.com
FBI warns U.S. law enforcement to be vigilant
FBI warns U.S. law enforcement to be vigilant Following the two hostage crises in France, the FBI is warning American law enforcement to be alert. U.S. officials are studying the attack in France, as it has every terrorist strike since 9/11. Jeff Pegues reports.cbsnews.com