Unholstered

Amid the ongoing and impassioned national debate over recent officer-involved shootings, The Texas Tribune took on a massive open records effort: tracking six years’ worth of police shootings in Texas’ largest cities. Here's what we found in a nearly yearlong investigation into when and why officers used lethal force in Texas between 2010 and 2015.

 

Graphic by Emily Albracht

Little Concrete Data Underpins Police Shooting Debates in Texas

Police officers in Texas unholstered their guns and fired at suspects in at least 656 incidents between 2010 and 2015, but that total is undoubtedly incomplete. There is so little reliable, consistent information on police shootings in Texas that the public, lawmakers and police officials are largely flying blind.

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