Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, right, on Feb. 12, 2015, at the Texas Capitol. Photo by Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Open Carry, Funding Likely Police Issues Next Session

Within hours of the recent ambush killings of five Dallas police officers — and again 10 days later, when three Baton Rouge officers were killed — messages of respect and support for law enforcement coursed through the nation’s social media, filled the airwaves and prompted countless press releases.

Flanked by civic and religious leaders, Dallas Police Chief David Brown speaks to a crowd attending the vigil for five slain police officers, victims of a sniper attack, at Dallas’ Thanksgiving Square on July 8, 2016. Photo by Robert W. Hart for The Texas Tribune.

Obama, Bush to Speak at Dallas Memorial

President Barack Obama and his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, on Tuesday will lead the nation in a memorial service mourning the deaths of five Dallas police officers at the hands of a sniper who used a Black Lives Matter protest to launch an ambush on law enforcement.

A Year Later, Sandra Bland’s Death Propels Calls for Reform

In the year since her arrest and death in Waller County, Sandra Bland has powered the push for criminal justice reforms in Texas. The impact her case will have during the next legislative session remains to be seen, but activists, law enforcement officials, policymakers and analysts – people often at odds – all predict that her death will move legislation on mental health and criminal justice.