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A Suspect is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a Deputy in Kingwood, a Houston, Texas, Suburb

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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On Monday, October 16, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas, a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department allegedly shot and killed a suspect. The incident is being investigated by the Houston Police Department. Details of what allegedly happened follow.

According to authorities, the events leading to the alleged fatal police shooting began at about 1:30 p.m. on Kingwood Drive not far from Chestnut Ridge Road. A Montgomery County deputy stopped the driver of a motorcycle at the intersection of Loop 494 and Kingwood Drive. The stop was made because the deputy ran the license plate on the bike, and it showed up as invalid. The driver of the motorcycle took off, rather than comply; and the deputy lost the motorcycle during pursuit.

Another deputy constable identified the motorcycle and began following it. Authorities say the motorcyclist got into an auto accident and then ran to a gas station nearby. He then allegedly tried to commit a carjacking. The deputy arrived at the scene of the would-be carjacking and attempted to subdue the suspect.

The deputy deployed his stun gun, but it reportedly had no effect on the man. The suspect then allegedly grabbed for his backpack and pulled out a handgun. The deputy allegedly shot the suspect several times at about 1:40 p.m. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the initial reporting, there was no mention of body cameras used by the officers involved. In many police stations across the U.S., body cameras are now standard equipment. This new procedure is an answer to widespread outrage over a few high-profile cases that have suggested that police engaged in misconduct of some kind. There are groups claiming that police officers are often involved in racial targeting, which is one aspect of the overall demand for more police accountability.

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A Deputy is Restrained and Tased by Other Deputies at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

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The Bexar County, Texas Courthouse located at 29.4232° -98.4937° in San Antonio, Texas, United States, designed in Romanesque Revival style, was built in 1829. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An incident that occurred in Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas, on September 29, 2017, has led to an investigation to determine why deputies tased and restrained a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy, a corporal. The corporal was allegedly stunned with a Taser multiple times. The entire incident came to light this week when an anonymous source contacted journalists about it. Video was obtained that shows what happened after the corporal struggled to get free. The video shows that the officer on the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) continued holding the corporal down, though his legs were shackled and he was handcuffed. It also shows that the Taser prongs were still in the corporal for several minutes after the stun gun had been deployed.

An internal document about the incident also got into the hands of reporters, and it says that the corporal was ill and a SERT officer used a Taser on him three times.

The memo also goes into how the incident started out. A Sergeant found the corporal standing and leaning against a wall. The Sergeant reportedly told investigators that he ordered a SERT officer to pull his Taser after the corporal was behaving strangely and ignoring him.

In the document, it also says that the corporal had been feeling dizzy. He was spitting up blood and propped himself against the wall. He said he didn’t have adequate time to respond to the Sergeant. He said he had been through a similar episode before and that the first time, he was taken care of by fellow officers, not forced to the floor and hit with a stun gun three times.

The corporal was eventually taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

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An Inmate in Coryell County Jail in Gatesville, Texas, Dies After an Altercation with Jailers

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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In Coryell County Jail in Gatesville, Texas, Kelli Leanne Page, a 46-year-old female inmate, died on Sunday morning, October 8, 2017. She reportedly “slipped out of consciousness” after a scuffle with two jailers. The two jailers who were allegedly involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave. In the meantime, there is an investigation into the incident being conducted by the Texas Rangers F Company.

According to Mark Wilcox, Coryell County Chief Deputy, at about 8:35 a.m. on Sunday, jailers responded to Page’s cell because she had been banging and beating on her door. The jailers first tried to subdue Page verbally. When this was unsuccessful, a standard-issue pepper spray was used on Page. This reportedly failed to stop her commotion.

The jailers then entered the cell, after which an altercation immediately began. Authorities say Page managed to secure a pair of handcuffs from a jailer. One of the jailers suffered non-life threatening injuries during the altercation. Page lost consciousness after being restrained.

The jailers tried to give Page CPR. This was continued by the county emergency medical services a short time later, but the effort was unsuccessful. Coryell County Justice of the Peace Coy Latham pronounced Page dead. Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas will perform an autopsy.

The jailer who was injured received medical attention at Coryell Memorial Hospital and was later released.

This is the second time an inmate has died in a correctional facility in Coryell County this year, the first being the custodial death of Shana Tedder, who died following an altercation with a fellow inmate at Crain Unit, a female prison.

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Collingsworth County Jail in Wellington, Texas, Allegedly Fails to Meet 2 Minimum Jail Standards

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) recently concluded an inspection and Jail Inspection Report for Collingsworth County Jail in Wellington, Texas. The report was released on September 19, 2017, and revealed two alleged violations of minimum jail standards. On the day of the inspection, it was discovered that the last time there was a Fire Marshal inspection was allegedly on January 8, 2016.  This was well past the one-year mark and a direct violation of minimum jail standards, which require annual inspections by a local fire official. Inspectors also found that the last Health Inspection was allegedly conducted in February 2016, which was also well past the one-year mark. Minimum jail standards require that food preparation areas be inspected at least annually by health authorities.

It’s not difficult to see the importance of these types of requirements. If a fire were to break out or something was wrong with the food, inmates could be harmed. Being incarcerated should not subject individuals to unsafe environments.

When custodial deaths occur, investigations are done to determine whether there was any negligence on the part of jail staff that led to the fatality. One example is the jail suicide of Eugene Ethridge Jr. He died in November 2015, after hanging himself from a bed sheet in a jail cell in Fort Bend County, Texas. The family has sued Fort Bend County and some of its employees in connection with his death. They claim that the jail personnel failed to make cell checks at the required intervals. Failure to make routine checks on inmates is often associated with custodial deaths; and they always show the importance of maintaining jail standards, which are designed to keep inmates and staff members safe.

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A Woman Threatens Suicide in an Oklahoma Jail and Follows Through Within an Hour

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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On Sunday, October 8, 2017, a woman was discovered deceased in her jail cell at Midwest City Jail in Midwest City, Oklahoma. According to police, the 53-year-old woman had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at approximately 2:20 a.m. Sunday. Her blood alcohol content was allegedly twice the legal limit, at .19%. The woman told jail staff that she intended to do harm to herself. For that reason, seemingly in compliance with procedure, her clothes were taken from her and she was placed in a protective jail suit in a cell by herself. She went to a toilet area, however, and was discovered there at about 3:45 a.m., already deceased. Police Chief Brandon Clabes said that every precaution that the jail staff needed to take was adhered to, in an effort to keep the woman safe.

Of course, this jail suicide is under investigation. Custodial death is something jails have a duty to try to avoid. Particularly when inmates advise jail staff members of their intent to hurt themselves, precautions are enhanced. Assessments are also done when inmates are being admitted into jails. An important part of an assessment is to find out whether or not the individual is at risk for suicide or violence.

New laws have been enacted this year in Texas under the Sandra Bland Act. The purpose is to help prevent jail suicides among inmates who may have mental issues of some kind.

There have been many occasions when the family members of people who committed suicide in jail sued the county for some type of neglect leading to the death. That is the type of detail that will be looked into during this investigation in Midwest City.

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One Man is Dead, After an Alleged Officer-Involved Shooting in Brownsville, Texas

Friday, October 6th, 2017

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In Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, police officers were attempting to serve a warrant on a man when the man they were looking for allegedly came at them holding a knife. Officers say they repeatedly instructed the man to put the weapon down. Authorities say that the man refused to do so, resulting in officers allegedly firing their weapons at him, in fear for their lives. The man was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

As a result of the alleged shooting, several police officers will be placed on three days of administrative leave while authorities investigate the shooting, according to J. J. Trevino, spokesperson for the Brownsville Police Department. The Texas Rangers are involved in the investigation.

According to the victim’s family, their loved one had been sleeping when the officers arrived at the door and knocked. The man’s aunt said she answered the door and a short time after that, she heard five gunshots fired. She claims that the man who was shot had not been holding a knife and that the family wants justice.

Since September 7, 2016, the Brownsville Police Department has been equipped with body cameras. At that time, the plan was for every officer to be equipped with a body camera before January 2017. There was no mention of body cameras, however, in the reporting of this story about the alleged deadly police shooting in Brownsville.

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Brooks County Jail is Cited by TCJS for Alleged Jail Standards Violations

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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The Brooks County Detention Center in Falfurrias, Texas, has been cited by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) for two alleged violations. Details of the jail inspection report are below. Jails have a duty to keep inmates, staff members, and others safe. Specific guidelines are provided, and they help to protect the rights of individuals who are incarcerated. Laws in Texas changed on June 15, 2017, which put additional safeguards in place on behalf of individuals who have been arrested and are mentally disabled and/or potentially suicidal. Those changes are part of the Sandra Bland Act, which is legislation that has been signed into law. It is named after Sandra Bland, who died in Waller County Jail on July 13, 2015. She committed suicide in a jail cell there three days after being arrested for an alleged minor traffic violation and getting into a confrontation with the police officer who pulled her over. Audio and dashcam video captured what happened, and it went viral, creating public outrage across the country.

Because of the new Texas law, jail staff members are required to take new actions on behalf of inmates with mental health issues of some kind, including being at risk for committing suicide. For example, a judge must be informed by the local sheriff’s department within 12 hours when an inmate is potentially mentally disabled or suffering from a mental health problem.

The way jail staff members determine whether inmates are at risk is by following certain intake screening procedures.

According to inspectors with TCJS, Brooks County Jail Mental Health / Suicide Screening Forms were reviewed. Multiple violations were allegedly found in which the supervisor, magistrate and/or mental health authority were not notified as required. Forms showed that no notations were made indicating that any notifications about at-risk inmates had been made by jail staff.

The other alleged violation of jail standards was the Brooks County Jail did not comply with the requirement that the facility be inspected every year by a local fire official.

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A Suspect is Allegedly Shot by a Police Officer in Fort Worth, Texas

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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An officer-involved shooting occurred in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday night, September 30, 2017. According to law enforcement authorities, a man suspected of being a drug dealer was stopped by an officer for questioning. The suspect refused to cooperate, and the police officer tried to stop him using a Taser, but the effort was unsuccessful. The man got into his vehicle, continuing to ignore commands to stop. The suspect put the car in reverse and allegedly almost struck the police officer. At that point, the officer allegedly shot several times at the suspect. The suspect was hit in the torso with the gunfire, authorities say, and drove a short distance before crashing into another vehicle. He was then arrested and first taken to a nearby hospital.

Officers who allegedly fire their weapons in police shootings are always placed on some type of administrative duty or on leave while the related incidents are being investigated. Public outcry related to many shootings across the country claim that officers use excessive force. This is part of the reason there is now widespread use of body cameras worn on uniforms.

An example of an alleged police shooting that resulted in tremendous controversy was the alleged shooting of Jordan Edwards in Balch Springs, Texas. A police officer allegedly shot into a car full of teens, leaving Edwards dead. The officer was at the scene of a party, investigating reports of underage drinking, when Edwards left the scene as a passenger in a car. Body camera footage of the incident allegedly led to the officer being fired.

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TCJS Finds 4 Jail Standards Violations Allegedly Committed by Limestone County Detention Center in Groesbeck, Texas

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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Limestone County Detention Center in Groesbeck, Texas, was recently inspected by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS). On September 11, 2017, a report was released detailing alleged violations in a Jail Inspection Report. The TCJS is the vehicle through which jails are held accountable for failing to withhold stated duties. For instance, the sheriff has a responsibility to uphold certain duties related to the well-being and safety of the inmates in his or her custody as well as of the community. It was found that Limestone County Detention Center allegedly failed to meet four jail standards.

Inmates have a right to be safe while incarcerated. Safety standards for jail facilities include certain inspections, maintenance, and testing. The jail inspector allegedly found that the fire panel at the Limestone detention center was unable to reset to normal mode. The panel shows that the sprinkler tamper switch is at fault. It was due to be repaired on September 15.

Frequency of meals is another consideration which facilities must be compliant in. Food must be served three times every day within a 24-hour period. It was found during inspection that on several occasions between September 8 and September 10, more than 14 hours allegedly passed between the dinner meal and the breakfast meal on the following day.

One of the most important considerations for jails should be suicide prevention, so that custodial deaths can be avoided. Screening instruments are required to be completed, and investigators allegedly found that the approved screen instrument was allegedly not completed when inmates were admitted from other facilities.

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A Man who Rammed a Police Vehicle is Fatally Shot in an Alleged Police Shooting in Rockwall, Texas

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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Police officers in Rockwall, Texas were dispatched to the Bent Creek condominiums area on a call about an alleged aggravated assault on a family member on September 21, 2017. Officers say that they saw the suspect, who then began allegedly ramming into police vehicles using his SUV. One officer then fired non-lethal beanbags at the man. A second officer then allegedly shot the suspect with his service handgun. The man’s name has not yet been released. He was quickly transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to the police, the man who was shot had an active felony warrant for family violence. Police officers had reason to believe the man was in the area because of the earlier report of aggravated assault.

The police officer who fired non-lethal rounds is still on duty. Per department policy, the officer involved in the alleged fatal police shooting is now on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation. The Texas Rangers will provide assistance to the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation into the fatal shooting.

Public trust of police officers and their use of force has come under a great deal of fire in recent years. Rallies, riots, and public outcries across the country are directed at police officers in regard to specific cases where fatal police shootings are perceived as being unjustified. The issue is complicated, since police officers undergo specific training to protect both the public and themselves in incidents involving possible criminal suspects believed to be a danger to law enforcement officers or others.

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