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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.

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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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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Aledo's football team is good -- really good, the Dallas police chief closed a public meeting to the media, Camelot mania is here, and more:

Video: Dallas Police Officer Shoots Mentally Ill Man

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Dallas police have opened a criminal investigation and placed an officer on indefinite administrative leave after he shot and wounded a mentally ill man.

A police report says Officer Cardan Spencer fired on 52-year-old Bobby Gerald Bennett in Rylie after he walked toward police with a “knife raised in an aggressive manner.” But surveillance video shows a different story.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown has fired a sergeant for keeping quiet about a murder suspect.

Police say that Sgt. Carlton Barnes failed to give homicide detectives information from a capital murder case in September 2011 after he recognized the suspect as a former classmate. 

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UPDATE AT 4 p.m.: The neighborhood watch volunteer suspected of raping four women in southern Dallas has been arrested in Louisiana.

Van Dralan Dixson, 38, was arrested in a motel near downtown Baton Rouge around 2 this afternoon, Dallas police announced at a press conference.

Police believe a single attacker sexually assaulted as many as nine women since June in the Fair Park area.

Police say the attacker forced victims at gunpoint into secluded areas and sexually assaulted them.

Dallas Police say the hunt for a serial rapist in the neighborhood south of Fair Park is still “open and active” even with the overnight arrest of a person of interest.  Detectives urge people to keep calling the tip line.

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Update, 6 p.m.: Erbie Bowser, the 44-year-old suspect in Wednesday's shooting spree, was a certified special education teacher in the Mesquite School District from 2001 to 2010. Laura Jobe with the district says colleagues who knew Bowser are shocked.

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Forty years ago, a 12-year-old boy named Santos Rodriguez was killed by a police officer in Dallas. The event sparked the closest thing to a race riot in the city’s history. 

Dallas police were confronted by an angry crowd when they arrived at an Oak Cliff apartment complex to investigate the death of a baby.

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Dallas city leaders announced on Tuesday a new partnership aimed at improving blighted and crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Economic Partners Investing in Communities, or EPIC, includes the Dallas Police Department, GrowSouth, Safer Dallas Better Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

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