Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 22, 2014

Montgomery County deputies on notice, as social media posts threaten 'purge night'
KHOU-AM
Is it a hoax or something more sinister? That's the question people who live in The Woodlands are asking after a series of online postings threatening a "purge night" in Texas. Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies tell KHOU-AM they are getting calls from worried residents. So far their investigation suggests the threat is not real — but not everyone is convinced.More

North Texas demonstrators protest police shootings
KDFW-TV
VideoBriefSeveral rallies took place in both Dallas and Arlington, where demonstrators protested against police shootings. The streets of downtown Dallas were filled the night of Aug. 20 with hundreds of demonstrators. The rally started at 8 p.m. and was part of an event called "Don't Shoot Dallas." It was sparked on social media with the hashtag #DontShoot.More

Copper thief on minibike can't outrun Ector County sheriff's deputies
The Associated Press via Greenfield Daily Reporter
An Odessa man on a minibike has been arrested after he was spotted stripping copper wire at a lease in a west Texas oil patch. Ector County sheriff'ss deputies say 30-year-old Colby Figert was caught after a police chase and is charged with evading in a vehicle — the minibike.More

Ex-Swisher County sheriff gets 30 days for oppression
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News
A former Swisher County sheriff accused of making improper advances to a female county worker must serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor official oppression. Emmett Benavidez pleaded guilty in Canyon, about 25 miles south of Amarillo. Benavidez, 65, will be allowed to serve the Randall County jail term on weekends as part of the plea agreement.More

In Missouri, the blurred line between law enforcement and combat
MSNBC
The photograph shows a man with his hands raised in surrender or protest, and a clutch of police, clad in camouflage and body armor brandishing assault rifles. The patches on their shoulders read "police," but they look like soldiers. Since being published by The New York Times, the photo has gone viral — a shocking symbol of an American town seemingly gone mad.More

Feds rethink giving military gear to police
The Associated Press via Officer.com
After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message."More

Cherokee County sheriff: Bullard teen arrested for joy ride on stolen tractor
KLTV-TV
Cherokee County sheriff detectives arrested a Bullard teenager after she allegedly stole a tractor and took it for a joy ride. On Aug. 4, Cherokee County Precinct 3 Road and Bridge Department reported missing equipment valued over $100,000.More

Sheriffs up in arms over National Guard deployment
Bloomberg via Portland
Press Herald

Sheriffs are fuming over Gov. Rick Perry's failure to consult them before dispatching 1,000 National Guardsmen to bolster the border with Mexico. Local officers say they've confronted the daily fallout from a porous border and broken immigration system for decades, while the guard troops will lack authority to make arrests and are unfamiliar with the terrain.More

Diboll police chief steps down amid allegations
KETK-TV
The city of Diboll's police chief resigned amid allegations during a city council meeting. According to City Manager Dennis McDuffie, Police Chief Ricky Conner voluntarily stepped down after officers brought forward issues within the department. The allegations were not criminal, McDuffie said.More

Crowd control: The difference between a peaceful and violent outcome
By Christina Nava
The controversial death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed and shot multiple times during a confrontation with a police officer, has sparked outrage. While the truth about what happened remains unclear, the local community in Ferguson, Missouri, has banned together to protest — and those protests have turned into riots. In light of these recent riots, it may be time to take a step back and look at how your police department handles crowd control. Your approach could make a huge difference on whether a protesting crowd spins out of control or mellows out and disperses.More

What happens when police officers wear body cameras?
The Wall Street Journal
Sometimes, like the moments leading up to when a police officer decides to shoot someone, transparency is an unalloyed good. And especially lately, technology has progressed to a point that it makes this kind of transparency not just possible, but routine. So it is in Rialto, California, where an entire police force is wearing so-called body-mounted cameras that record everything that transpires between officers and citizens. In the first year after the cameras' introduction, the use of force by officers declined 60 percent, and citizen complaints against police fell 88 percent.More

20 ways to never get a police promotion
PoliceOne
The big secret is that the people evaluating you for promotion are expecting you to walk into the interview or the scenarios already "walking the talk" as a good supervisor. So, you think you're really ready for that promotional exam? Perhaps you should read the list below and ask yourself if any of the following behaviors have crept into your "preparation" for promotion.More