- Good news: According to a complaint in the press from Sheriff Gary Painter in Midland, "As part of President Obama’s executive order issued earlier this year, local law enforcement agencies with certain types of military-style gear obtained through the federal 1033 program - which granted surplus military gear to local agencies - are being required to return the equipment." Further, "The recall order issued from Washington pertains to equipment such as tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, large caliber weapons and ammunition, according to the written order. Law enforcement agencies will be required to provide additional training and certification when applying for this specialized equipment in the future."
- A federal judge has intervened to halt the state prosecution of an Austin police officer for shooting an unarmed black man. The judge ruled the officer had federal immunity from working with a federal task force. MORE: See related coverage from the Washington Post, which reported that "59 officers ... were charged over the past decade for fatally shooting someone while on duty. In criminal court, 11 of the officers were convicted and served time. But when 46 families of those shot and killed by police sought justice in the civil system, 32 received monetary awards,"
- See a positive profile from Texas Lawyer of Forensic Science Commission general counsel Lynn Garcia, who really has made a huge impact this year. When an editor friend at the Dallas News asked what figures from the criminal-justice arena they should consider for Texan of the Year, Lynn was on my short list.
- From AllGov.com, "Debtors prison charges leveled at Austin, Texas."
- One in 14 American kids and one in nine black children have an incarcerated parent.
- Grits thought this was an especially effective presentation of "How post-conviction procedure rules inhibit truth finding."
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Feds recalling military gear for cops, and other stories
Here are a few items which may interest Grits readers while my attentions are focused elsewhere: