Texas Teens Can’t Graduate High School Until They’ve Been Told How To Behave Around Cops | Techdirt

To “pacify tensions” brought about by cops killing unarmed people, we’re instructing teens to become docile subhumans who should only respond to the presence of law enforcement in the manner law enforcement prefers. That’s the gist of the Community Safety Education Act Instructor’s Guide [PDF], which not only tells people to remain suitably cowed during traffic stops, but also gets the law wrong.The problems with the instruction manual (and the law… and required course itself…) begin at the beginning, in the “Tips for Educators.” The guide says instructors should remind students of their rights, as well as warn them that exercising them could get them killed.

Source: Texas Teens Can’t Graduate High School Until They’ve Been Told How To Behave Around Cops | Techdirt

Texas Cops Seize Anti-GOP Sign From Homeowner’s Lawn | Techdirt


As one does in this age of social media telegraphy, outraged parties brought this to the attention of a local politician with a sizable following — Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller — who dumped his own petrol on the partisan bonfire by posting it to Facebook and calling it an example of “Democrat sleaze.” He also claimed the picture was supposed to be “Judge Kavanaugh’s young daughter” — a claim made without supporting evidence but with the amplification of 738,000 Facebook followers.Shortly thereafter, Marion Stanford began receiving threats. Unfortunately, this is the predictable part of the backlash. Stanford also received a visit from local law enforcement, which was a bit less predictable. But they weren’t there about the threats. They were there about the sign, as the Dallas Morning News reports.

Source: Texas Cops Seize Anti-GOP Sign From Homeowner’s Lawn | Techdirt

Fifth Circuit Says No, You Fucking May Not Strip Search A Classful Of Female Students To Find $50 | Techdirt

During a sixth-grade choir class, an assistant principal allegedly ordered a mass, suspicionless strip search of the underwear of twenty-two preteen girls. All agree the search violated the girls’ constitutional rights under Texas and federal law. Even so, the district court dismissed the girls’ lawsuit against the school district for failure to state a claim. We reverse

Source: Fifth Circuit Says No, You Fucking May Not Strip Search A Classful Of Female Students To Find $50 | Techdirt

Texas Seeks Trump’s Help to Defund Planned Parenthood. If It’s Successful, Other States Could Follow.


If the feds waive Medicaid’s freedom of choice provision, Texas will have drawn a roadmap for other states to follow in its footsteps.

Source: Texas Seeks Trump’s Help to Defund Planned Parenthood. If It’s Successful, Other States Could Follow.

“Deadly Heat” in U.S. Prisons Is Killing Inmates and Spawning Lawsuits


IN THE SUMMER months, 84 inmates at the Price Daniel Unit, a medium-security prison four hours west of Dallas, share a 10-gallon cooler of water that’s kept locked in a common area. An inmate there can expect to receive one 8 oz. cup every four hours, according to Benny Hernandez, a man serving a 10-year sentence at the prison. The National Academy of Medicine recommends that adults drink about twice that amount under normal conditions and even more in hot climates. According to Hernandez, in the summer the temperature in his prison’s housing areas can reach an astonishing 140 degrees.The prison provides ice for the cooler twice a day, but the ice has long melted before the hottest part of the day, he wrote in a post on Prison Writers, a website where inmates share their experiences behind bars. “Prisoners look upon the summer months in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with dread and trepidation,” he wrote. “For one is acutely aware that one may not survive another summer. Many do not.”

Source: “Deadly Heat” in U.S. Prisons Is Killing Inmates and Spawning Lawsuits

FBI Agent Goaded Garland Shooter to “Tear Up Texas,” Raising New Alarms About Bureau’s Methods


An undercover FBI agent egged on a would-be terrorist shortly before he opened fire on a Texas cartoon contest last year, raising new doubts about the bureau’s approach to cozying up to its targets.

Source: FBI Agent Goaded Garland Shooter to “Tear Up Texas,” Raising New Alarms About Bureau’s Methods

Cop fired after video shows him slamming 12-year-old girl to the ground | Ars Technica


Officer’s report was “inconsistent with the video,” officials say.

Source: Cop fired after video shows him slamming 12-year-old girl to the ground | Ars Technica

Video clears Texas man of assaulting cop—did police commit perjury? | Ars Technica


“Without the video I would be in prison. There is no doubt about that.”

Source: Video clears Texas man of assaulting cop—did police commit perjury? | Ars Technica

Texas cop indicted for searching car of activist filming the police | Ars Technica


“Are you going to identify yourself?” meets “What crime have I committed?”

Source: Texas cop indicted for searching car of activist filming the police | Ars Technica

State Trooper Disciplined For Taking Photo With Person With ‘Well-Known Criminal Background’

Tired of hearing about just the bad cops? Here’s one with a good cop, surrounded by worse cops, and the amazing amount of pettiness the latter group can display.

Texas State Trooper Billy Spears was working an approved security detail at the recent South by Southwest conference when he was approached by one of the performing artists and his publicist. The artist asked for a photo with the trooper, who obliged. The photo was taken by the publicist and later posted to Instagram. Here’s the photo.

Trooper Spears is on the left.


In most other realities, this would have been the end of the story — one Billy Spears would be able to tell for years. Instead, it’s turned into something else. It’s still a story that Spears will be able to tell for years, but there won’t be many happy memories attached to it.

Link (Techdirt)