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Opera is an art form well-suited to big emotions and tragic stories, often set in the past. But a new opera, Blue, grapples with a more contemporary tragedy — the killing of an unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer.

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Presidential candidate Julián Castro says too many lives have been cut short by a broken police system. The former Housing Secretary hopes to fix that system in his newest policy proposal revealed Monday.


On April 19, 2015, San Antonio police officers were called to the home of Noble and Jennifer Cooper to help deal with their adult son Norman. Norman was having some type of psychotic episode. He was highly excited, pacing back and forth without a shirt, shouting about Jesus and the gospel.

From Texas Standard:

Many have expressed concern and outrage over the way police treat citizens, especially African-Americans and other minorities. The Black Lives Matter movement began in response to the deaths of African-Americans in police custody, including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the arrest of Sandra Bland, who was later found dead in a Waller County jail, an apparent suicide.

The unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of Michael Brown in summer 2015 drew renewed scrutiny to police violence and revealed just how little the public knew about its pervasiveness. At first, there were widespread calls to address what officers looked like since Brown was African-American and the officer who shot him is white.

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Reducing the number of deaths and injuries that happen during routine police stops is one of the policy discussions at the state capitol this week.  One of many possible solutions being discussed would be to create a ninth grade course that teaches students how to behave when stopped by police.

The chair of the state senate’s Criminal Justice committee, Houston Democrat John Whitmire says the course would also instruct students on what their rights are when they are stopped by a police officer.

San Antonio Independent School District


School officials in the San Antonio Independent School District say they’re concerned about an incident involving a school safety officer and a student that was captured on video. There are questions about how the officer dealt with a student.

San Antonio Independent School District


The San Antonio Independent School District has launched a formal investigation into an altercation between a Rhodes Middle School student and an SAISD police officer that was captured on video.  

In the video posted on YouTube, Officer Joshua Kehm appears to grab a female student from behind, wrapping his arms across hers. She struggles, and he flips her over his hip and onto the ground. Students can be heard asking the girl if she is okay, but the girl does not respond.

From Texas Standard:

While it's no longer news that some law enforcement officers abuse the power that comes with the badge, the numbers revealed in a new Associated Press report are shocking: a thousand officers lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sexual assault, possession of child pornography and propositioning citizens. In his investigation, reporter Matt Sedensky found that the reported rate is much lower than what's actually happening.

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Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau says a second video of deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show him carrying what investigators believe was a knife.

Pamerleau told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that the video has been forwarded to the state crime lab to see if the footage can be blown up and slowed down. She says investigators believe 41-year-old Gilbert Flores was holding a knife when he raised both arms.