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Living in the Community You Serve: Friday’s Show (October 16, 2015)

Posted on · Recently, the Houston City Council contemplated whether to pay police officers more money to live in the city and closer to the communities they serve. Council members shelved the topic after struggling to find common ground. It’s not a new concept, and not unique to law enforcement. Some propose it’s beneficial for educators to live where […]

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Efforts to Fight Prostitution Focus on Buyers

Posted on · Prostitution is an ongoing problem in Houston. Law enforcement knows it. Recently, HPD arrested 20 prostitutes. But to really make inroads into addressing sex trafficking and exploitation, law enforcement is refocusing efforts away from prostitutes, and towards their buyers. We discuss prostitution in Houston — and what’s being done to address it — with three guests: Todd […]

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Prostitution in Houston and ‘The Brain’ on PBS: Wednesday’s Show (October 14, 2015)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, conversations about neuroscience: First, we talk with Houston-based neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman, the host of a new PBS series called The Brain. The first of six hour-long episodes premieres tonight (10/14) at 9 on TV 8. Eagleman directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. Then, we […]

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Six Years Later, Police Shooting of Robbie Tolan Reaches a Settlement

Posted on · On Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2015), a settlement was reached in a years-long legal dispute stemming from the 2008 shooting in Bellaire of aspiring minor league ballplayer Robbie Tolan by Bellaire police officer Jeffrey Cotton. Tolan was wounded in the incident, which occurred after a traffic stop in front of Tolan’s home. Cotton was ultimately acquitted […]

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What Are Your Rights When Taking Photos or Video in Public?

Posted on · On Wednesday (Sept. 16, 2015), a panel discussion will be held at San Jacinto College in Pasadena to discuss the public’s right to photograph and record video in public. The forum is sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and comes as citizen videos of police interactions are drawing increased scrutiny to law enforcement. To learn […]

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HPD Chief Charles McClelland Answers Your Questions

Posted on · From recent developments shaking the relationship between police and the community at large, to the impact the state’s new open carry law may have as it takes effect in January, to ongoing concerns about burglaries, homicides, and other criminal activity in the city of Houston and how it’s all investigated, there’s a lot that’s crime-related […]

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HPD Chief McClelland, The Full Menu, and Swamp Foundations: Wednesday’s Show (September 2, 2015)

Posted on · From recent developments shaking the relationship between police and the community at large, to the impact the state’s new open carry law may have as it takes effect in January, to ongoing concerns about burglaries, homicides, and other criminal activity in the city of Houston and how it’s all investigated, there’s a lot that’s crime-related […]

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How Can Law Enforcement Better Relate to the People it Serves?

Posted on · Following the murder of a Harris County Deputy while he was filling up his patrol car at a suburban gas station Friday night, some law enforcement officials tied the murder to national rhetoric about police violence, noting a growing disconnect and mistrust of police by the community at large. We’ve discussed this divide, and efforts […]

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Sandra Bland’s Sister Discusses Lawsuit; Law Enforcement Expert Weighs In

Posted on · On Tuesday, the family of Sandra Bland filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety, a state trooper, two jailers and the Waller County Jail in connection with Bland’s death while in jail custody following her July 10 arrest. Bland’s family say they still haven’t received enough answers about her death and autopsy. […]

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City Hall, Synthetic Drugs & Lacrosse: Thursday’s Show (June 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late Wednesday night (6/17/15), the Houston City Council approved a $5.1 billion budget for FY ’16. It came after hours of wide-ranging discussions about ongoing union talks, deed restrictions, and a number of amendments. It was a long night for City Hall reporters too — the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris among them. Nevertheless, he joins us […]

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New Sheriff Ron Hickman Discusses Changes to His Department and Diversity of His Staff

Posted on · On May 12, Harris County Commissioners appointed Ron Hickman as the interim county sheriff after former Sheriff Adrian Garcia stepped down to formally run for Houston mayor. Sheriff Hickman tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about changes he’s made to the department since the appointment and answers criticism about the diversity of his staff.