Greg Abbott appoints Justin Berry, indicted Austin officer, to TCOLE

For the latest on criminal justice news, sign up to receive our weekly law and order newsletter. Govt. Greg Abbott has appointed an indicted Austin police officer accused of using excessive force during 2020 protests to Texas’ regulatory law enforcement agency. Justin Berry was among 19 Austin police officers indicted earlier this year in the … Read more

Report: Uvalde officer asked permission to shoot gunman but got no answer

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. An Uvalde police officer asked for a supervisor’s permission to shoot the gunman who would soon kill 21 people at Robb Elementary School in May before he entered the building, but the supervisor did not … Read more

Records show police in Uvalde were equipped to storm shooter

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The officers in the hallway of Robb Elementary wanted to get inside classrooms 111 and 112 — immediately. One officer’s daughter was inside. Another officer had gotten a call from his wife, a teacher, who … Read more

Teacher Irma Garcia and husband Joe Garcia buried together in Uvalde

UVALDE — In the days following the school shooting at Robb Elementary, the streets of this small town were lined by sets of 21. The 21 bows of gauzy ribbon tied to the thin posts of a black iron gate. The 21 candles glowing from the window ledge of the historic Uvalde Grand Opera House. … Read more

Biden administration unveils sweeping plans on equity

The Justice Department wants to help non-English speakers report crimes, and the Defense Department is reviewing algorithmic bias in its Artificial Intelligence technology as part of the Biden administration’s broad effort to tackle inequality. Driving the news: More than 90 federal agencies released their Equity Action Plans on Thursday that were ordered by President Biden … Read more

Child victims of sexual trafficking were abused in Texas shelter

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can receive confidential help by calling the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s 24/7 toll-free support line at 800-656-4673 or visiting its online hotline. … Read more