Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Odds and Ends

Several recent stories captured my attention that I haven't had time to write about, but I wanted to at least take a minute to point them out to Grits readers in case y'all had something to say about them:
  • An elderly civilian was killed in Dallas when a "bait car" left on the side of the road to lure auto thieves crashed during a getaway. Police were unable to disable the bait car remotely, which was the premise of the program. The "bait car" idea has been temporarily suspended while DPD evaluates the incident (and probably their legal liability).
  • Austin police fired an officer this week - a rare occurrence indeed, for lying about a suspect in an investigative report. The officer claimed the suspect resisted arrest and alleged facts disputed by the in-car video, which the officer tried to conceal from investigators. See the APD memo terminating the guy.
Meanwhile, in border towns just south of the Rio Grande:
  • Mexican police have botched the investigation of reporter Roberto Mora from Nuevo Laredo, who was assassinated after reporting on activities of local drug cartels, "by torturing suspects and mishandling evidence, the country's human's rights commission said."

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Murphy police chief who facilitated a partnership with NBC's Dateline resulting in a suicide by an investigative target (an assistant DA from a neighboring county) was fired for his role in the TV show cum investigation.

"cum investigation"

Is that what NBC is calling it these days?

LOL

Anonymous said...

I hope the family gets millions so that one day they can say to his grandkids, "We're rich 'cuz your grandpa wanted to pork a twelve year old." What a country!

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Classy, folks ... real classy.

Anonymous said...

That's disappointing about Craig Watkins.... What was he thinking?

Anonymous said...

Hey Scott, you might want to correct your post about the problems in Juarez. You wrote: "more than 500 drug-related murders since the beginning of the year" but to be accurate, that should read: "more than 500 drug prohibition related murders since the beginning of the year".

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the commenters for the laughs this morning

Anonymous said...

Why is it that we should be paying for Mexican cops who are wounded in Drug wars/raids in Mexico? Has El Paso lost its mind? Last time I checked, there was still a government in that Country.

Anonymous said...

Shumate is (was) the POTTER County Sheriff instead of Randall County.

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