Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 8, 2015

Texas shooting: Despite ISIS claims, did terror group play a role?
CNN
VideoBrief Terrorists, tweets and timelines. Authorities are looking into all three as they try to piece together this week's attack outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in the Dallas suburb of Garland. Plenty of questions remain, but a clearer picture is forming.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but did the gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, have any direct links to the terror group or were they just acting of their own accord? ISIS offered no proof and officials believe it's likely the group is being "opportunistic" in its claim.More

Corpus Christi police chief dies in motorcycle accident
The Associated Press via KSAT-TV
Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs says Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson died Sunday evening. Authorities say Simpson was riding a motorcycle heading south to Corpus Christi on a highway when a pickup traveling in the opposite direction crossed the center lane. Police say a vehicle in front of Simpson drove off the roadway in an evasive action, and he laid down his motorcycle. Simpson was wearing a helmet, but it became dislodged and his head hit the pavement. Simpson was taken to Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area Hospital where he later died.More

Meet the woman whose call led to capital murder suspect Jesse Matthew Jr.
AOL
VideoBrief Jesse Matthew Jr. may never have gone before a judge had it not been for the actions of one quick-thinking Texan. Bolivar Peninsula is known as the "Breadbasket of Galveston," but for Karen Monk, it's her place of peace. The beach has been her home away from home since she was a little girl. She said she felt safe there, a feel that all changed during a September afternoon.More

San Augustine County Sheriff's Office: Man threw hot eggs on mother
KTRE-TV
Deputies with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office arrested a 39-year-old man on Tuesday in connection to allegations that he threw hot eggs onto his mother and brandished a knife at his brother during a heated argument.More

Webb County Sheriff's Office hosts Mother's Day Crime Prevention Event
KGNS-TV
VideoBrief With just a few days away from Mother's Day — the Webb County Sheriff's Office hosted a Mother's Day event. The Mother's Day Crime Prevention Event is an annual event where senior citizens came together to enjoy a day with live music, food and dancing.More

Why riots won't die: 3 contributing failures of leadership
PoliceOne.com
Watching the recent riots in Baltimore brought back unpleasant memories of those riots in Los Angeles more than two decades ago — the similarities are a brutal reminder of how we continue to make the same mistakes. Chuck Joyner, a former employee of the CIA and special agent with the FBI, believes there are three primary factors — failure points — that allow riots to occur and continue. More

Baltimore police tensions: An officer's perspective
CBS News
Hours after six Baltimore police officers were charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, another of the city's police officers reflected on the turmoil surrounding the case as he and his wife prepared to put their young baby to bed.More

Police, DA look at ways to transfer information electronically
KXXV-TV
New technology could make it easier for police and prosecutors to transfer information with each other. Currently, agencies, such as the Waco Police Department, deliver the case files to the McLennan County District Attorney's Office in person. However, they are currently looking at ways to share that information electronically, but it would go beyond sending emails. More

Counties examine police training in encounters with mentally ill
U.S. News & World Report
At a time when excessive use of force by police is taking center stage in the national conversation, another concern is gaining traction — how to train officers to recognize and interact with people who have a mental illness, and how to divert people with medical needs from jails to places where they can receive treatment. More