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More and More Cops Carrying Batman-Style Tether

BolaWrap designed to wrap up suspect's arms or legs

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are adopting a nonlethal device that would look right at home on Batman's belt. The hand-held BolaWrap 100 from Wrap Technologies dispenses an 8-foot-long barbed Kevlar cord designed to wrap up a person up to 25 feet away, similar to Batman's trusty tether... More »

8 Hours After Girl Snatched From Street: 'We Got Her!'

Michael Webb, 51, will serve life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - Police officers storm a Texas hotel room with guns drawn before the moment of relief comes. "We got her! We got her!" an officer says as an 8-year-old kidnapping victim emerges from a laundry basket where she'd been told to keep quiet on threat of violence against... More »

'Swing Set Susan' Unloads on People in Public Park

Samantha Eley, 38, is also charged with impersonating a public servant

(Newser) - A Texas woman has a new nickname—"Swing Set Susan"—and a legal charge that could put her behind bars for years. This after video went viral last week of Samantha Eley, who is white, angrily threatening to have Latino teens arrested at Dream Park in Fort Worth,... More »

Cop Who Killed Texas Woman Wasn't Doing Welfare Check

And Atatiana Jefferson's funeral has been delayed amid a family conflict

(Newser) - Seems the police officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson wasn't told to do a welfare check, CNN reports. Authorities say a neighbor's worried phone call was relayed to dispatch as an "open-structure call"—meaning it could have been an abandoned house, door left open, or even a... More »

Fort Worth Chief: 'Absolutely No Excuse' for Woman's Killing

Officer's arrest warrant says victim pulled gun after hearing suspicious noises

(Newser) - The furor Tuesday over the killing of a black woman by a white Fort Worth officer became increasingly about a gun pointed at a bedroom window. But the police chief and activists said the focus was on the wrong gun. Officer Aaron Dean was arrested on a murder charge Monday... More »

Cop Who Shot Woman Through Window Charged With Murder

Aaron Dean was arrested hours after he resigned

(Newser) - The Fort Worth police officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson through her bedroom window early Saturday was charged with murder Monday—hours after he resigned . Officials say Aaron Dean was booked into the Tarrant County Correction Center and later released on $200,000 bond, NBC reports. Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus... More »

Cop Who Killed Fort Worth Woman Through Window Has Resigned

Aaron Dean would have been fired had he not, said Fort Worth's interim police chief

(Newser) - The Fort Worth officer who fired into a home's open window , killing Atatiana Jefferson, has resigned, per Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus. Kraus noted the department had intended to fire Aaron Dean today, but he resigned first. He added that criminal charges are possible and that he'll receive... More »

Nephew, 8, Was in the Room When Police Shot Woman

They were playing a video game when they heard noises outside

(Newser) - Atatiana Jefferson was proud of being a "cool auntie" and had been up late playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed in her Fort Worth home by police early Saturday, lawyer Lee Merritt says. He says Jefferson and the boy—who was in the room... More »

Officer Kills Woman in Her Home After Welfare Call

Atatiana Jefferson was apparently shot through her window

(Newser) - Authorities in Texas say a black woman was fatally shot by a white officer inside her Fort Worth home after police were called to the residence for a welfare check, the AP reports. The shooting happened early Saturday after a neighbor called police to say the front door to the... More »

Cops: Call From Dad Prevented Possible Mass Shooting

Texas man planned copycat shooting, police say

(Newser) - A concerned father and law-abiding businesses helped thwart a potential mass shooting in Texas last week, police say. Officers in Fort Worth say the father of a 27-year-old man contacted police on Sept. 3, warning that his son had not been taking his medication and he was worried that he... More »

2 Kids Shot by Cousin Trying to Keep Gun From Them

It happened in Fort Worth, Texas

(Newser) - Two young children in Texas are recovering at Cook Children's Medical Center after being shot in the yard of their family home—accidentally, by their only slightly older cousin, police and family say. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram cites a police log and hospital official in reporting that a 7-year-old... More »

District Fires Teacher Who Reported Students to Trump

Texas teacher thought her tweets were private

(Newser) - Fort Worth high school English teacher Georgia Clark thought she was sending private messages to President Trump when she asked him to remove the "illegals" in the public school system—but the Twitter messages were public, and she has now lost her job over them. The Fort Worth Independent... More »

Girl Snatched Off Street Found in Texas Hotel

Salem Sabatka, 8, was snatched right off the street

(Newser) - "We Got Her!" Those must have been sweet words for a Texas mother who had seen her 8-year-old girl snatched off the streets of Fort Worth on Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Thanks to surveillance video, social media, and two local church members, police were able to... More »

Anti-LGBT Pastor Resigns Amid Prostitute Allegations

Donnie Romero, who called Pulse Orlando victims 'scum,' allegedly paid for sex, used drugs

(Newser) - The website for Fort Worth's Stedfast Baptist Church describes it as an "old-fashioned" institution that goes in "hard against sin" and "stands for the old paths and zero compromise preaching." Its notorious founder, however, who railed against the Pulse nightclub victims as "perverts" and... More »

Cops: Man Got a Bit Too Fired Up Over Wife's Music

Gary Lykins accused of shooting her laptop after she played loud tunes

(Newser) - A Texas man who made a solemn vow to stay with his wife for better or for worse apparently didn't take into account that she might one day blast loud music from her laptop, and that he wouldn't like it. The Star-Telegram reports that 44-year-old Gary Lykins holed... More »

Texas School Nixes Birthday Spankings

Some parents are baffled by the decision to end the eight-year tradition

(Newser) - A playful tradition has been slapped down at Alvord Elementary School in Alvord, Texas. Students at the school will no longer receive light-hearted birthday spankings. Principal Bridget Williams, who has been doling out the spankings for the last eight years, will be handing out high fives or hugs instead, reports... More »

New Video Seems to Show Cop Shooting Man in Back

Footage contradicts what Fort Worth PD said after July shooting of David Collie: attorney

(Newser) - A black Texas man was shot over the summer and paralyzed during an incident with two police officers, and a newly released dashcam video appears to show one of the cops shooting him in the back as he was walking away from them, CNN reports. Attorney Nate Washington posted the... More »

Cop Arrests Woman Who Called Police About Assault on Son

The officer has been placed on restricted duty

(Newser) - A white Texas police officer was placed on restricted duty Thursday while an internal investigation looks into a videotaped incident showing the officer wrestling a black woman to the ground before arresting her and her two teenage daughters, the AP reports. The Fort Worth officer, whose name hasn't been... More »

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail Kills Birds at Fort Worth Zoo

Flamingos, ducks, pelican struck down

(Newser) - Severe storms hit the Fort Worth area Thursday morning, bringing hail that killed some of the birds in the city's zoo and forced it to delay opening. A zoo spokesperson tells Fox 4 News that at least two ducks, a pelican, and four or five flamingos were killed when... More »

Officer Pepper-Sprays Passing Bikers in Viral Video

He's been placed on administrative duty

(Newser) - Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are investigating after a video surfaced showing an officer firing a burst of pepper spray at a group of motorcyclists on a highway. Members of the group say about 200 motorcyclists were traveling on Highway 287 around 3pm Sunday when an officer pulled over a... More »

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