Houston Matters

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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After the Dallas Police Attack, How Do We Ensure Future Protests are Peaceful & Safe?

Posted on · In light of the attack on Dallas police at a protest rally, we consider what we can do to ensure future protests and rallies are peaceful, that dialogue is thoughtful and that action is useful here in Houston — and across the nation — as we try to come to grips with all the violence […]

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How Are Police Trained to Use Deadly Force?

Posted on · In a week when two police shootings involving African-American men sparked outrage and debate across the nation — and an apparently retaliatory attack against police in Dallas — we wanted to get a law enforcement perspective on the week’s events. Former police officer and law enforcement expert Dr. Melissa Hamilton of the University of Houston […]

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Update on the Attack on Dallas Police

Posted on · At least five Dallas police officers are dead and seven others injured, along with two civilians, after an attack on law enforcement Thursday night (July 7, 2016) at a downtown protest over fatal police shootings of black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota. NPR reports police say at least four people were involved in […]

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Civilians Shot By HPD: A Closer Look at the Numbers

Posted on · Officer-involved civilian shootings have been under greater scrutiny in recent years, after several high-profile cases nationwide. But what about closer to home? According to data recently analyzed by the Houston Chronicle, over the last six years, Houston Police Department officers have shot at least 274 civilians while on duty. We learn more about those shootings […]

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HPD Shootings, Sunnyside, and Olivewood: Wednesday’s Show (February 17, 2016)

Posted on · Officer-involved civilian shootings have been under greater scrutiny in recent years, after several high-profile cases nationwide. But what about closer to home? According to data recently analyzed by the Houston Chronicle, over the last six years, Houston Police Department officers have shot at least 274 civilians while on duty. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]