Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 29, 2014

Elmendorf police chief killed during traffic stop
USA Today
VideoBriefElmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen while trying to arrest a suspect, Sgt. Jason Burchett told the San Antonio Express-News. Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau confirmed that Pimentel had died. Elmendorf is a town of around 1,500 about 25 miles southeast of San Antonio.More

Police chief challenges Dallas Police Association's shootings investigation proposal on Twitter
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Police Chief David Brown took to Twitter to challenge the Dallas Police Association's alternative proposal to a plan to have the separate investigations into shootings by police by the district attorney's office. Brown, who supports Dallas County DA Craig Watkins' idea to have parallel probes, replied to a DPA tweet about a newspaper editorial. The DPA has proposed putting the county's investigators on the department's special investigations unit rather than trying to do separate investigations.More

Tip from Houston police leads to body, murder charge
The Daily News
A man was charged with murder hours after the Texas City Police Department received a tip about a dead man in an abandoned home. Thomas Ray Graham, 30, was charged with first degree murder and is currently being held on $250,000 bond. Police allege that Graham is responsible for the death Lindsey Ovie Gamble, 61, of Texas City.More

Corpus Christi woman charged in kidnapping of neighbor
The Associated Press via KTXS-TV
Corpus Christi police have arrested a woman they say kidnapped and tortured her neighbor for information about a missing debit card. Capt. Robert Alvarado said a 26-year-old woman was arrested and held on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping.More

Fort Bend County sheriff: Man left 'selfie' at site of pot farm
Authorities were unable to make an arrest when they raided a south Texas marijuana farm last week. But the abandoned farm did contain one vital piece of evidence — a selfie. Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies are now searching for Benigno Ramirez of Michoacan, Mexico, according to The Houston Chronicle. Authorities say they found a phone with his picture on a four-acre farm raided.More

Department casualty planning begins in each officer's home
By Gary Stiles, Sandie Doptis and John T. "Jack" Gaffigan
The beginning of any good departmental casualty planning guide is the department's dedication to making sure every officer has protected his family and loved ones with personal preplanning. In the United States, 65 percent of the general adult population has no estate planning in place to protect their families. When you isolate those individuals who have chosen law enforcement as a career, that number jumps to over 90 percent. The reason is obvious: Cops are invincible.More

In Missouri, the blurred line between law enforcement and combat
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

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

North Texas demonstrators protest police shootings
Several 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

Study: Excessive use of force by police is 'very rare'
Power Line
Events in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted Rand Paul to denounce the "militarization" of local American police forces. In the context of Ferguson, Paul's complaint makes little sense. However, it echoed a theme that more thoughtful libertarians have been presenting for some time. Part of that theme is the idea that a heavily armed police force will tend to be a more aggressive police force. But have modern-day police departments come to rely on the excessive use of force?More

Cybercrime: Law enforcement fights back
IT Business Edge
While cybercrime continued to dominate headlines and wreak havoc on organizations of all sizes across nearly every industry in the first half of 2014, it's refreshing to note law enforcement also stepped it up. A surge of activity against individuals and criminal organizations occurred, resulting in scores of arrests, indictments and convictions.More

Avoid these 2 killer Breathalyzer mistakes
Today's officers are tasked not only with protecting the community, their colleagues and themselves but also with learning about and properly deploying myriad technologies. As a result, it is important to learn about common user errors. Here are the top two mistakes often made when choosing and using a Breathalyzer.More

Key factor in police shootings: 'Reasonable fear'
The New York Times
Each time police officers draw their weapons, they step out of everyday law enforcement and into a rigidly defined world where written rules, hours of training and Supreme Court decisions dictate not merely when a gun can be fired but where it is aimed, how many rounds should be squeezed off and when the shooting should stop.More