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The Brief: Here’s What Texas Officers Face on Mental Health Calls

Confronting an unstable individual is one of the more challenging situations faced by police officers.

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Confronting an unstable individual is one of the more challenging situations faced by police officers.

The public often questions after a shooting of a mentally ill person by an officer whether it’s possible to cut down on shooting incidents with more training.

The Texas Tribune's Unholstered project analyzed data from the state’s 36 largest cities and found that while training helps, police will shoot when an unstable individual appears to present a real threat to officers or others.

The series also looks for answers to other questions surrounding police use of deadly force, such as whether minorities are more likely to be shot and situations when the individual is unarmed or when the officer is off duty.

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The Day Ahead

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will discuss at a morning news conference in San Antonio how the state is combating human trafficking through a joint effort by Truckers Against Trafficking and the trucking industry, the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime section and local and state law enforcement. 


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Quote to Note

"We did discuss the wall. We didn’t discuss payment of the wall. That’ll be for a later date. This was a very preliminary meeting."

— Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, on his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday.

News From Home

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Trib Events for the Calendar

•    San Antonio & the Legislature: The Election and Beyond on Sept. 14 at University of Texas at San Antonio – Downtown Campus

•   The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 23-25 at the University of Texas at Austin

•   The Washington Post's Politics & Pints with Chris Cillizza: TTF Edition on Sept. 24 at Scholz Garten

•   TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism on Sept. 24 at the University of Texas at Austin's Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

•   A Conversation with state Reps. Four Price and John Smithee on Oct. 4 at Amarillo College in Amarillo

•   A Conversation with state Reps. Andrew Murr and Jason Isaac on Nov. 14 at Schreiner University in Kerrville

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