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What Role Does the NAACP Play in Today’s Conversations About Race?

Posted on · Since January of 2015, Dr. James Douglas has served as president of the Houston chapter of the NAACP. The Interim Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University leads the famed civil rights organization here in Houston at a time when a new generation of civil rights leaders and organizers are […]

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Does the HPD Oversight Board Do Enough?

Posted on · In 2011, Houston Mayor Annise Parker established a police oversight board to review internal investigations at the Houston Police Department. But some have complained the board doesn’t have any real teeth, with its volunteer members and lack of a budget. We talk with one of the members of the oversight board, Philip Hilder, a white-collar criminal […]

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Police Oversight and Misconceptions About Islam: Tuesday’s Show (October 11, 2016)

Posted on · In 2011, Houston Mayor Annise Parker established a police oversight board to review internal investigations at the Houston Police Department. But some have complained the board doesn’t have any real teeth, with its volunteer members and lack of a budget. On this edition of Houston Matters we talk with one of the members of the […]

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Poll Looks at Public Opinion on Issues Ahead of Legislative Session

Posted on · The annual Texas Lyceum Poll examines a number of public policy issues in the state. This year’s 10th-annual survey looks at issues that might be addressed during this spring’s state legislative session. That includes some issues explored in previous polls, such as police discrimination, as well as new questions, like whether a wall should be […]

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Why Are There Gaps in Information About Officer-Involved Shootings?

Posted on · The Texas Tribune just released results from a yearlong investigation into data about police shootings from departments in the state’s 36 largest cities. That data indicates there were 656 incidents of officer-involved shootings in those cities between 2010 and 2015. But that may be an incomplete picture. We find out why the total number of […]

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One Year After St. Joseph Shooting: Hospitals Relying More on Armed Security

Posted on · One year ago tomorrow (Aug. 27, 2015), a University of Houston student named Alan Pean was shot while being treated at downtown Houston’s St. Joseph Medical Center. Pean was having a psychotic episode when security was summoned to his room in the form of two off-duty HPD officers moonlighting as hospital security. They said Pean […]

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Database Tracks Deaths Connected to Law Enforcement, Jails and Prisons

Posted on · There’s a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement — such as the use of deadly force — and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody – such as in jail or in prison. The database, called the Texas […]

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How Law Enforcement Deals with Open Carriers Amidst Rising Tensions

Posted on · Three law enforcement officers were fatally shot – and three more wounded – Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. State police officials today say the shooter “was targeting officers.” The attack on police, of course, follows the one in Dallas just eleven days ago at an otherwise peaceful protest organized in response to two high-profile […]

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Law Enforcement and Open Carry: Monday’s Show (July 18, 2016)

Posted on · Three law enforcement officers were fatally shot – and three more wounded – Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. State police officials today say the shooter “was targeting officers.” The attack on police, of course, follows the one in Dallas just eleven days ago at an otherwise peaceful protest organized in response to two high-profile […]

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Is It Realistic to Remove White Officers from Predominantly Black Neighborhoods?

Posted on · Last week, following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training for […]

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Should White Officers Patrol Black Neighborhoods: Monday’s Show (July 11, 2016)

Posted on · Last week, following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training for […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Reaction to Police Shootings and the Attack on Dallas Police

Posted on · Normally each Friday we ask a panel of “non-experts” to discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the week’s news. However, today we ask Natalie Arceneaux, Joe Holley and Marcus Davis simply to react to the fatal police shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge this week, along with the attack on law enforcement […]