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*This post was updated on Monday, July 20, at 4:10 p.m.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black individuals during encounters with law enforcement officers sparked protests and renewed calls for police reform in cities throughout the U.S. 


San Antonio Zoo

An iconic San Antonio attraction has a darkly quirky event attached to it for all times. It happened in Brackenridge Park, on that little train that 300,000 people, primarily parents and children, ride yearly.


From Texas Standard:

For decades no one questioned how police officers proved someone committed a crime. Now, several techniques used by law enforcement are considered "junk science."

At least 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ has experienced some form of elder abuse, but few cases are reported to authorities. In Bexar County, a new collaborative effort aims to crack down on crimes against its senior residents. 


From Texas Standard:

For decades, the booking mug shot has been a staple of crime reporting by news organizations. But since the arrival of the internet, news organizations have published galleries of photos belonging to people who have been arrested, even when they haven't been tried for their alleged crimes. Last week, the Houston Chronicle became the latest news organization to end the use of mug shot galleries.

From Texas Standard

For decades, jailhouse informants have been presented as credible witnesses at criminal trials. In the movies, you've seen them called “snitches.” They testify about what they say they heard while being held in the same facility, or even the same cell, as the defendant.

From Texas Standard:

Is Houston one of the most dangerous cities in America? Some of the city's mayoral candidates say so, claiming on the campaign trail that the city is getting even more dangerous.

The Walls Unit in Huntsville where death row inmates are executed.
Jack Morgan | Texas Public Radio

Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen was executed Wednesday evening for the 1998 murder of Melissa Trotter. She was a 19-year-old student at Lone Star College on the Montgomery County campus.

From Texas Standard:

Earlier this summer, law enforcement leaders in Dallas said homicide rates were the highest the city has seen in a decade. They’re expecting 228 by the end of the year. In one of case, police charged a man with killing 9-year-old Brandoniya Bennett who was shot in the head while sitting in her home on Aug. 14, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Community activists, business owners, and residents are speaking up about crime problems in Prospect Hill, a community on the West Side of San Antonio.

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