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After the shooting in downtown Dallas last Thursday, hospitals had the difficult task of tending to the injured officers. On Monday, doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital’s trauma center shared their experiences.

The calculated killing of five uniformed officers would be traumatic for any metropolitan police department in America, but it has fallen especially hard in Dallas, where the police force already suffers from low pay and poor morale.

Citizens in Dallas are rallying around their officers in blue, suggesting the events could be a turning point for the embattled department.

The morning after a gunman targeted and killed five law enforcement officers, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings called it "ironic" that his city was the target of the worst police loss-of-life since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Soon after the Thursday night shooting, the first death was confirmed. Overnight, the death toll climbed. By early Friday morning, five officers were dead. At a press conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown expressed his disbelief.

Police Use of Robot to Kill Dallas Suspect Unprecedented, Experts Say

Jul 8, 2016
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The death of a suspect in the Dallas police shootings marks the first time U.S. police officers have used a robot to kill someone, according to Texas and national experts.

Dallas Police, Protesters Were United Before Sniper Attack

Jul 8, 2016
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After a long night of chaos and uncertainty, the city is finally quiet.

After Dallas, A Look At Police Training

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In the aftermath of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the sniper killings in Dallas, there have been calls for policing reforms across the country. Reforms that put an emphasis on de-escalation and diversity in hiring. But in Dallas, that was already happening.

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Snipers shot and killed five Dallas law enforcement officers and injured another seven at the end of a rally in downtown Dallas, where hundreds were protesting police shootings that happened in other parts of the country earlier this week.

Four of the slain officers worked for Dallas Police; the fifth was identified as 43-year-old transit officer Brent Thompson, of Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART.

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Meet the newest weapon in the Dallas police arsenal: the sponge gun. It launches a hardened foam projectile and gives officers an alternative to shooting a gun with bullets. 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday defended offering Dallas help from state police as the nation's ninth-largest city grapples with a dramatic spike in homicides and local officers balk at reassigned shifts to get violent crimes under control.

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Big jumps in the Dallas crime rate is troubling Dallas police, but some worry their proposed solution may not be sustainable.

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Dozens of LGBT activists gathered outside Dallas Police headquarters last night to protest what they see as slow police response to the wave of crime in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, which has a prominent gay entertainment district. The protest follows another violent attack last week; the 12th in less than three months.

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Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson last August, the reputation and trust afforded to police officers nationwide has been questioned. Smartphone videos and body cameras have changed everything.

Despite the perception of an increase in complaints about the use of police force, the Dallas Police Department claims a dramatic drop in the number of complaints.

 


The Dallas Police Department has rolled out the first wave of 1,000 body cameras. The move comes after months of controversy about deaths involving police across the country.

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Patrol car video shows a Dallas County sheriff's deputy flinging 'stop sticks' -- devices designed to deflate tires -- in front of a fleeing van after the driver shot up Dallas police headquarters early Saturday morning.

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Police departments in Texas are outfitting officers with body cameras. Would a body camera have changed what happened with the officer in McKinney?

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Dallas Police say increased security is needed at its headquarters and substations after a lone gunman attacked the Jack Evans Police headquarters this weekend. The gunman, killed by a sniper, was the only casualty.

Update 12:50 p.m. from Dallas PD

Twelve hours later, Dallas Police Department have officially confirmed the death of the suspected gunman, who opened fire outside police headquarters in South Dallas at 12:30 a.m.

Although the gunman identified himself as James Boulware earlier this morning, police will confirm after medical examination. 

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A 1,000-pound steer was captured Monday after briefly escaping captivity at the State Fair of Texas.

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It’s been almost two weeks since a police officer shot an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., and only in the last few days has the suburban St. Louis town started to calm down. In today's Friday Conversation, Dallas Police Chief David Brown talks about how he's managed to avoid that kind of unrest and whether law enforcement has become too militarized.

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The ripples of tension that began in Ferguson, Missouri 12 days ago are being felt in North Texas.

There have been town hall meetings, heated exchanges and several protests.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: How North Texas cities skew on the political spectrum, twists and turns over the I-345 debate, the Dallas Contemporary's Erin Cluley will be opening her own gallery, and more.

Dallas city manager A.C. Gonzalez has released his proposed budget today, which would cut money from the police department to help increase funds for other city services such as streets, animal services, and libraries. Gonzalez is recommending $3 million more for the libraries in next year’s budget, plus another $3 million the following year. He says it will allow 12 library branches and the central library downtown to return to opening their doors seven days per week.

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 The Dallas Police Department says more than 100 of its officers currently lack access to computer databases that display important criminal information.  

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The Dallas Police Department raised some eyebrows when it posted a video on its blog of two officers rescuing a man from a bridge overpass.

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Several Dallas police officers and SWAT members were involved in an hours-long standoff this morning in East Dallas with a man who shot a woman and then barricaded himself in a residence.

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Update, 3:51 p.m.: During a press conference, Dallas police didn't release many details about the suspect who barricaded himself in a Victory Park apartment, but they say no criminal charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon. They say the man was under distress, but "can't definitively say" what led to his actions earlier today. He is being evaluated.

The suspect used a handgun, but it hadn't been recovered as of the press conference. He shot out a window, which could have been dangerous to people below. Investigators were still in the apartment Tuesday afternoon.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown is definitely a fan of Twitter.

He's active on the social media network, posting notes about basketball tournaments and answering questions from his Twitter followers.

But among the updates he posts are the names of the officers and other employees he has recently fired. It all started as an effort to increase transparency. But the city’s police association is complaining about the practice.

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Some North Texas police departments are about to enforce their “no refusal” policy that cracks down on drunk drivers. It’s becoming a part of the holidays.

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Update, 4:56 p.m. Thursday: The Dallas police officer who shot a mentally ill man in a disputed incident caught on tape has been fired, the department announced this afternoon.

Cardan Spencer faced a disciplinary hearing Thursday morning. He has also been charged with aggravated assault.

“Officers are not above the law,” Chief David Brown said at a press conference. “We as a police department are not going to look the other way. We’re not going to sweep officer misconduct under the rug.  Officers’ actions must be reasonable and necessary.”

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