Four people have been shot and injured by Texas police since Sept. 1, when a new state law requiring departments to report such incidents to the Attorney General went into effect.
HB 1036 requires the reports to be submitted within 30 days of an incident, and directs the AG’s office to post reports online within five days of receiving them.
The reports detail demographic and other basic information about incidents, which I then used to create a database. In half of the shootings, the person shot had a weapon. Three of the injured people were men and one woman was shot during a call for a vicious dog.
In 2014, they investigated about 800 complaints of missing or stolen livestock – including about 4,000 cattle – and filed criminal charges in 36 cases. Cattle rustling is a state felony, punishable by up to 10 years behind bars.
This year, TSCRA has investigated 463 case reports and recovered $1.16 million in missing or stolen property, spokesman Laramie Adams said.
No bull – the price of cattle has clearly risen over the years. But I didn’t find a similar increase in the number of criminal charges filed, which has remained fairly steady. Adams wasn’t sure of the value of property TSCRA investigators recovered in previous years.
“In a lot of them, the cattle are located. They’ll report it stolen, and we may have found it, or it may have strayed off and it’s in a neighbor’s pasture, or the sheriff’s office may have impounded them,” said Larry Gray, TSCRA’s director of law enforcement.