KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com State News State News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:12:29 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Fatal South by Southwest Crash Brings First Wave of Lawsuits http://www.kristv.com/news/fatal-south-by-southwest-crash-brings-first-wave-of-lawsuits/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fatal-south-by-southwest-crash-brings-first-wave-of-lawsuits/ State News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 6:20:33 PM Associated Press Fatal South by Southwest Crash Brings First Wave of Lawsuits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers.

Aspiring rapper Rashad Charjuan Owens has remained jailed on capital murder charges since the March crash that authorities say happened while Owens fled police during an attempted midnight traffic stop. Hundreds of music lovers were milling outside a bustling district of clubs at the time.

The crash also left nearly two dozen people injured, and organizers of the once-obscure Austin festival have faced questions since the accident about how they have managed the event's transformation into an international extravaganza. The festival now regularly draws top artists such as Prince and Lady Gaga.

Among several wrongful deaths lawsuits was one by the family of Steven Craenmehr, a Dutch music executive who was riding a bike when struck. His widow and mother allege that SXSW organizers skimped on traffic safeguards while packing people downtown to hear more than 2,000 bands.

"A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger," the lawsuit says.

SXSW did not immediately comment. The lawsuits were filed in both state and federal court.

Authorities say Owens gunned his gray Honda Civic through a barricade after an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried stopping the car in Austin's crowded entertainment district. His blood alcohol level was .114, above Texas' legal driving limit of .08, according to police.

In September, a SXSW safety report ordered by city leaders found that alcohol consumption and overcrowded venues had left Austin facing a "critical point where public safety could be compromised" if changes are not made. SXSW organizers called the report incomplete and said it failed to address root issues.

The organizers say more than 350,000 people were drawn to the festival this year for official showcases and free events. Next year's music festival begins March 17.

The lawsuits seek unspecified damages.

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Sketch Released of Suspected TV Station Shooter http://www.kristv.com/news/sketch-released-of-suspected-tv-station-shooter/ http://www.kristv.com/news/sketch-released-of-suspected-tv-station-shooter/ State News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 4:52:43 PM Sketch Released of Suspected TV Station Shooter

WACO - The Texas Rangers released the sketch of a man believed to have shot a morning meteorologist for a television station in Waco.

Patrick Crawford of KCEN told investigators he got into an argument with a man outside the studios before he was shot multiple times.

Crawford managed to drive away to get help. His injuries are not life threatening.

The man who fired the shots is described as being a white male, 30-35 years old, with little or no hair.

 


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Caught on Camera: Flying Tire Terror http://www.kristv.com/news/caught-on-camera-flying-tire-terror/ http://www.kristv.com/news/caught-on-camera-flying-tire-terror/ State News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 3:05:57 PM KPRC Caught on Camera: Flying Tire Terror

HOUSTON (KPRC) - A 77-year-old janitor counts himself lucky to be alive after a truck tire smashed through the window of a Houston, Texas medical clinic where he was working and struck him late Tuesday night.

"It was sort of like an explosion," Manuel Mendoza says.

Mendoza was moving a chair in the waiting room when security video shows the tire smashing through the window, pushing the chair in his hands aside and knocking him to the floor. He stayed there for several minutes, apparently dazed.

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Houston Man Shot By Police During Fight With Ex http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-man-shot-by-police-during-fight-with-ex/ http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-man-shot-by-police-during-fight-with-ex/ State News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 7:13:39 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Houston Man Shot By Police During Fight With Ex

HOUSTON - Police in Houston are saying they were forced to shoot a man when an argument between two ex's turned violent.

Police said they got a call about a man banging violently on his ex-girlfriend's door.

When they arrived, officers say the 32-year-old man would not cooperate.

That's when one officer said he was forced to shoot to protect himself and his partner.

No word yet on the condition of the man who was shot.

Officials have not yet said what exactly caused the officer to feel threatened.

Detectives are on the scene right now investigating that shooting.

 


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Man Charged with Killing Wife Stuffed in Fridge http://www.kristv.com/news/man-charged-with-killing-wife-stuffed-in-fridge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-charged-with-killing-wife-stuffed-in-fridge/ State News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 6:49:35 PM Associated Press Man Charged with Killing Wife Stuffed in Fridge

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police have charged a 38-year-old man with murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife, whose body was found rotting in a disabled refrigerator.

A police statement says Patrick Lambert was charged Wednesday in the death of 27-year-old Anastacia Oaikhena Lambert.

Officers went to the woman's apartment on Dec. 8 after maintenance workers reported a stench coming from the unit. Officers entered the apartment and found the woman's decomposing body in the refrigerator. The apartment's power had been turned off Nov. 20 because utility bills went unpaid.

The Lamberts' 11-month-old son was missing. On Dec. 12, father and child were tracked to Mexico and taken into custody. Patrick Lambert was returned to Houston Wednesday. The child remains in Mexico awaiting arrangements for his return.

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Condemned Killer of 2 in Waco Loses Appeal http://www.kristv.com/news/condemned-killer-of-2-in-waco-loses-appeal/ http://www.kristv.com/news/condemned-killer-of-2-in-waco-loses-appeal/ State News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 2:30:51 PM Associated Press Condemned Killer of 2 in Waco Loses Appeal

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a 25-year-old Waco man's conviction and death sentence for a double slaying more than three years ago.

The state's highest criminal appeals court Wednesday rejected what attorneys for Rickey Donnell Cummings contended were nine errors at his 2012 trial in Waco.

They included arguments of improper jury selection, exclusion of some evidence related to Cummings' background and admission of evidence related to purchase of the assault rifle used in the March 2011 deaths of 20-year-old Keenan Hubert and 17-year-old Tyus Sneed outside a Waco apartment complex.

One of Cummings' companions, Albert Love, last year also was convicted in the shootings and joined Cummings on death row. Prosecutors described both as gang members and suggested the shootings were in retaliation for another slaying.

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Meteorologist Shot Outside Waco Television Station http://www.kristv.com/news/meteorologist-shot-outside-waco-television-station/ http://www.kristv.com/news/meteorologist-shot-outside-waco-television-station/ State News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:16:45 PM Meteorologist Shot Outside Waco Television Station

TEMPLE, Texas - A television station that serves the Waco-area remains on lockdown as officer search for the man accused of shooting the NBC affiliate's morning meteorologist in the parking lot.

The station reports Patrick Crawford was shot multiple times, but was able to drive away to get help. He's currently undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital.

Employees were first told to gather in the front office with police before being sent back in for their own safety.

The shooter is described as a white male, 30-35 years-old wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans.

 


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Former Justice of Peace Sentenced to Death for Killing http://www.kristv.com/news/former-justice-of-peace-sentenced-to-death-for-killing/ http://www.kristv.com/news/former-justice-of-peace-sentenced-to-death-for-killing/ State News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:44:16 AM Associated Press Former Justice of Peace Sentenced to Death for Killing

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) - A former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead.

Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 of capital murder in the 2013 death of Cynthia McLelland, who was slain along with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home east of Dallas.

Williams has been charged, but not tried, in the deaths of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse.

The 47-year-old Williams lost his job and law license after McLelland and Hasse prosecuted him for theft and burglary. Prosecutors say that conviction pushed Williams over the edge. During his trial, they presented evidence that he paid a friend to rent a storage unit where he kept more than 30 guns, police tactical gear and a getaway car.

Authorities say a masked Williams gunned down Hasse in January 2013 outside a courthouse building in broad daylight.

Prosecutors say a "masked assassin," whom they identified as Williams, approached Hasse as he walked to work and the two shoved each other. They said Hasse pleaded and yelled "I'm sorry" before he was repeatedly shot.

Two months later, Williams stormed into the McLellands' rural home and shot both the district attorney and his wife more than a dozen times each, according to evidence at his trial.

Williams' wife, Kim, is accused of helping him carry out the slayings and testified before closing arguments Tuesday that she drove the getaway car in Hasse's death and helped her husband dispose of weapons used in the shooting of the McClellands.

She said Eric Williams had a hit list that included former state District Judge Glen Ashworth and Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Norville Wiley.

Family of Cynthia and Mike McLelland addressed Williams during victim impact statements after he was sentenced to death, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"What you do will come back to you," said Nathan Foreman, Cynthia McLelland's son.

Defense attorney Matthew Seymour told The Associated Press that he had no comment.

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Amber Alert Canceled, Search Still on for Missing North Texas Boy http://www.kristv.com/news/amber-alert-canceled-search-still-on-for-missing-north-texas-boy/ http://www.kristv.com/news/amber-alert-canceled-search-still-on-for-missing-north-texas-boy/ State News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:07:59 AM Amber Alert Canceled, Search Still on for Missing North Texas Boy

DENTON, Texas (AP) - Police in North Texas have canceled an Amber Alert for a 4-year-old boy who went missing after his mother was found dead.

Denton police said Monday night that the Texas Department of Public Safety called off the search. Police say Richard Alekzander Lara hasn't been located but the investigation no longer fits the requirements to continue the alert.

Police say they will pursue all leads to ensure the safe return of the child. They believe the boy is with his father, 23-year-old Ricardo Martinez.

Police found the body of the 27-year-old woman Saturday afternoon at a business offering insurance and tax services. It's unclear how she died.

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Wife Testifies Ex-judge Killed 3 for Revenge http://www.kristv.com/news/wife-testifies-ex-judge-killed-3-for-revenge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wife-testifies-ex-judge-killed-3-for-revenge/ State News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:21:49 AM Associated Press Wife Testifies Ex-judge Killed 3 for Revenge

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) - The estranged wife of a former Texas justice of the peace has testified that her husband fatally shot a district attorney, his wife and a senior prosecutor.

Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse.

Kim Williams, who is also charged in the slayings, told jurors Tuesday that she was a "willing participant." Prosecutors say she drove the getaway car.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Eric Williams. They say he launched a revenge plot to kill the three because McLelland and Hasse prosecuted him for stealing county equipment, leading to him losing his job and law license.

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5th Circuit Won't Rehear Texas Whooping Crane Case http://www.kristv.com/news/5th-circuit-won-t-rehear-texas-whooping-crane-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/5th-circuit-won-t-rehear-texas-whooping-crane-case/ State News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:20:01 AM Associated Press 5th Circuit Won't Rehear Texas Whooping Crane Case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal appeals court in New Orleans has voted 11-4 against reconsidering a ruling that Texas is not directly responsible for the deaths of 23 endangered whooping cranes and doesn't have to draw up a conservation plan balancing the interests of water users with the need to protect the big birds' habitat.

In June, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district judge's ruling that Texas should have known that permits to withdraw water from rivers flowing into the Aransas and San Antonio bays would let saltier Gulf of Mexico water flow in, reducing availability of key foods for the world's only natural flock of whooping cranes.

The Aransas Project, an environmental group, will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case, for reasons including those in a strong 36-page dissent by three of the judges, attorney Jim Blackburn wrote in an email.

That opinion, written by Judge Edward Prado and signed by Judges James Dennis and James Graves, said the appeals court did something it should not do, reconsidering facts rather than ruling about procedure. Other 5th Circuit judges have given the same reason in two other dissents this year, including one about Texas' abortion law, Prado wrote.

"This decision, and others like it, sends a clear message to litigants: If you don't like the factual findings of a district court, the doors of our Court are wide open to endless retrials on appeal. This is the wrong message to send, and it evinces an alarming lack of trust in the work of our colleagues in the district courts," he wrote.

After an eight-day trial - and after reviewing more than 90 hours of video - Judge Janis Graham Jack found that The Aransas Project's witnesses were credible and those for the state, two water districts and the Texas Chemical Council were not, "and for good reason," Prado wrote.

The Aransas Projects witnesses included an environmental scientist who had won a Nobel Prize, scientists and statisticians from prestigious national universities, MacArthur Fellows and people who had written many scientific papers. "The other side's expert witnesses had limited experience and insignificant expertise - indeed, one of them admitted he 'made up' key portions of his testimony," Prado wrote.

He also noted that the 5th Circuit had affirmed a 1991 decision that government-allowed logging had killed endangered red cockaded woodpeckers because they prefer trees more than a century old, while the logging rules kept trees from growing more than about 80 years.

"If the difference between 80- and 100-year-old trees can support a finding of a 'take,' surely a district court - faced with emaciated crane corpses - could reasonably conclude" that cutting the amount of fresh water flowing into the birds' critical habitat had hurt their ability to find food, Prado wrote.

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Dallas Police Officer Stabbed In Walmart Parking Lot http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-police-officer-stabbed-in-walmart-parking-lot/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-police-officer-stabbed-in-walmart-parking-lot/ State News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 7:16:54 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Dallas Police Officer Stabbed In Walmart Parking Lot

DALLAS - Police are trying to figure out what sort of confrontation led to a Dallas police officer being stabbed early this morning.

It happened at a Wal-Mart parking lot in north-east Dallas.

Witnesses are saying the officer confronted the man, accusing him of stealing.

That's when the suspect suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the hand.

The officer then pulled out his gun and shot the suspect.

Both the suspect and the police officer are being transported to the hospital and both are expected to be okay.

 


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South Texas Family Lockup Center will be Nation's Largest http://www.kristv.com/news/south-texas-family-lockup-center-will-be-nation-s-largest/ http://www.kristv.com/news/south-texas-family-lockup-center-will-be-nation-s-largest/ State News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 1:50:36 PM Associated Press South Texas Family Lockup Center will be Nation's Largest

DILLEY, Texas (AP) - A former camp for oil field workers in rural South Texas is becoming a new family detention center amid the recent influx of women and children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

The first of up to 480 immigrants arrive in coming weeks in Dilley, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Temporary housing nearby under construction eventually will push capacity to 2,400, the nation's largest such facility. Detainees will be held in cottages with maximum capacity of eight people.

The center being inaugurated Monday opens as officials close a temporary family immigration lockup on the grounds of a law enforcement training center in New Mexico.

While border crossings of children have slowed considerably since this summer, advocates say immigrant families continue fleeing drug or gang violence, mostly in Central America.

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Amber Alert: Search Continues for Father and Son http://www.kristv.com/news/amber-alert-search-continues-for-father-and-son/ http://www.kristv.com/news/amber-alert-search-continues-for-father-and-son/ State News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:54:12 PM Amber Alert: Search Continues for Father and Son

An amber alert continues for a Dallas-area boy who hasn't been seen since his mother was found dead.

The body of Maria Medina was found by one of her co-workers at their job in Denton on Saturday night. While the investigation into her death continues police say it looks like a homicide.

4-year-old Richard Alekzander Lara was reported missing Saturday morning. He's 3 feet tall, weighs 55 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

His father, 23-year-old Ricardo Martinez, is described as a person of interest in the woman's death. Martinez is 5'5" tall, weighs roughly 150 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

If you see either, call 911 and mention the Amber Alert out of Denton, Texas.

 


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Customs Agent Accused in Conspiracy to Smuggle Drugs http://www.kristv.com/news/customs-agent-accused-in-conspiracy-to-smuggle-drugs/ http://www.kristv.com/news/customs-agent-accused-in-conspiracy-to-smuggle-drugs/ State News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:57:43 AM Customs Agent Accused in Conspiracy to Smuggle Drugs

BROWNSVILLE - A Customs and Border Protection agent is facing a charges after investigators found text messages outlining a plan to get marijuana through checkpoints in exchange for cash.

38-year-old Jose Luis Zavala has worked for agency for the past seven years. Most recently, he worked at the Gateway Port of Entry in Brownsville.

According to prosecutors, the driver of a van was flagged for secondary inspection while entering the US on November 19th. The search uncovered 1,362 kilos of marijuana that wasn't hidden or disguised.

While checking out the driver's phone, investigators allegedly found text messages between Zalava with a plan to get the drugs through the checkpoint without a closer look.

If convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute drugs, Zavala faces up to 10 years in prison; plus 15 years for bribery.

 


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Hundreds Evacuated In Massive Warehouse Fire in Dallas http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-evacuated-in-massive-warehouse-fire-in-dallas/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-evacuated-in-massive-warehouse-fire-in-dallas/ State News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 7:44:41 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Hundreds Evacuated In Massive Warehouse Fire in Dallas

DALLAS - 8:00 AM Update: Firefighters said they evacuated multiple buildings after a 5-alarm fire broke out at a warehouse in Dallas early this morning.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the massive fire, which was in an area surrounded by several residential and commercial buildings.

Some buildings near the warehouse had to be evacuated; it is unclear how many people escaped the fire, according to a fire department spokesman.

No injuries were reported.

Dallas police said a family was living in the warehouse, however they did make it out safely.

 


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Earthquake Hits Irving, Texas http://www.kristv.com/news/earthquake-hits-irving-texas/ http://www.kristv.com/news/earthquake-hits-irving-texas/ State News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 7:27:05 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Earthquake Hits Irving, Texas

DALLAS - 8:00 AM Update: Kris 6 News is receiving reports of an earthquake happening right outside of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

It happened right near the old Texas stadium site.

No word yet on if any damage or injuries were caused by the 2.6 magnitude earthquake.

The US-GS said this is the third earthquake to strike Irving just within the past week.

 


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Fort Hood Attack Victims Closer to Purple Hearts http://www.kristv.com/news/fort-hood-attack-victims-closer-to-purple-hearts/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fort-hood-attack-victims-closer-to-purple-hearts/ State News Sat, 13 Dec 2014 2:33:17 PM Fort Hood Attack Victims Closer to Purple Hearts

DALLAS (AP) - The victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded moved closer Friday to receiving the Purple Hearts many say they are due.

Congress passed a defense policy bill Friday evening that includes a provision making victims of the attacks at the Texas Army post eligible for the Purple Heart. The award given to military personnel wounded in battle also offers increased retirement benefits.

The Department of Defense has denied the award to Fort Hood shooting victims, calling the November 2009 attack an act of workplace violence, not terrorism. That distinction has angered victims who say gunman Nidal Hasan committed a terrorist attack inspired by al-Qaida and an anti-American cleric abroad. Many victims still deal with lingering injuries and have struggled to find work after leaving the military.

A provision sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn R-Texas, requires the Defense Department to define an "international terrorist attack" as one inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist group. According to Cornyn's office, the new definition would require the attacker to have been in contact with such a group.

Federal officials have already called Hasan a homegrown violent extremist, and the FBI has released emails Hasan exchanged with a cleric who was killed by an American drone strike in Yemen.

It's unclear when victims might receive Purple Hearts. The Department of Defense is expected to take several months longer to review the Fort Hood cases.

Keely Vanacker, a daughter of Michael Cahill, the lone civilian killed in the attack, said she expected Purple Hearts to move forward once Hasan was convicted and sentenced. Cahill would not be eligible for a Purple Heart, but Cornyn's bill aims to make civilians wounded eligible for the Medal for the Defense of Freedom.

"For some of the wounded that I don't think have really had an opportunity to move on yet and have maybe needed this for some closure, I hope they get their closure from this," Vanacker said in a telephone interview.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who later labeled himself a religious warrior, was convicted and sentenced to death in August 2013. He is on death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


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Lawyers Seek Sympathy for Convicted Ex-official http://www.kristv.com/news/lawyers-seek-sympathy-for-convicted-ex-official/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lawyers-seek-sympathy-for-convicted-ex-official/ State News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 4:40:23 PM Associated Press Lawyers Seek Sympathy for Convicted Ex-official

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for a former public official convicted of capital murder in a revenge plot against North Texas prosecutors are portraying him in a sympathetic light in an effort to spare him the death penalty.

Jurors heard a fifth day of testimony Friday to determine the punishment for 47-year-old Eric Williams.

His lawyers have called childhood friends who described the former justice of the peace as smart and considerate.

Court was later adjourned until Monday.

Williams was convicted last week of fatally shooting Cynthia McLelland, who was found dead last year with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home near Dallas. Williams is accused of killing Mike McLelland and an assistant prosecutor two months earlier.

Prosecutors say Williams plotted revenge after being convicted of stealing county equipment.

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Houston-area Police Given $1.9 Million for Body Cameras http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-area-police-given-1-9-million-for-body-cameras/ http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-area-police-given-1-9-million-for-body-cameras/ State News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 4:38:42 PM Associated Press Houston-area Police Given $1.9 Million for Body Cameras

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston-area community and religious leaders are joining law enforcement officials in praising the Harris County District Attorney's Office donation of nearly $2 million to equip officers with body cameras.

The Houston Police Department will receive $1 million, while the Harris County Sheriff's Office gets $900,000.

District Attorney Devon Anderson said Friday the donation was prompted after she attended a recent town hall meeting about improving relations between police and the community.

The push for improved relations comes in the wake of recent grand jury decisions in the officer-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. In the meeting, many residents asked that officers wear body cameras.

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland previously said his department was working to equip 3,500 officers with cameras

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