When privacy advocates thought they had won in Texas in defeating the need for all 10 fingerprints for a driver’s license, the Department of Public Safety stepped in to pledge they will work towards restoring the requirement. The Senate Transportation Committee had passed a bill in March that prohibited the DPS from the procedure, after Sen. Charles Schwertner, R- Georgetown argued that it was an invasion of privacy. As a results, DPS returned to the old standard – a single index finger. This week, DPS Director Steven McCraw told the Texas Public Safety Commission that […]
A Victoria, Texas police officer is under investigation for excessive force after he stopped a man for an expired registration sticker. The officer, Nathanial Robinson, 23, was placed on administrative duty Friday pending the outcome of an internal investigation into whether he violated the use of force policy when he tased Victoria resident Pete Vasquez, said Chief J.J. Craig. The officer was hired after graduating from the police academy two years ago. The incident happened Thursday after Robinson saw an expired inspection sticker on the car Vasquez was driving back to Adam’s Auto Mart, 2801 […]
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player “We cannot criminalize such a large population of society that engage in casual marijuana use,” the chief said in the radio interview. The topics were wide-ranging — but the chief was largely asked about marijuana use. McClelland made it clear he believes enforcing marijuana laws is wasting time and other valuable resources. “Taxpayers can’t afford to build jails and prisons to lock up everyone that commits a crime,” said McClelland. “We must put more money into crime prevention, treatment, education, job training.” More at 2 Houston.
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas released a video containing audio from “Keeping Abortion Facilities Closed,” a training hosted by anti-abortion groups at the State Capitol on August 4, 2014. The video reveals the methods anti-abortion activists currently employ to physically intimidate women from accessing safe and legal abortion care in Texas. The disturbing tactics outlined by the four speakers in the video include: identifying and monitoring patients, providers and clinic staff, lining sidewalks outside clinics to dissuade patients from entering clinics, tracking and cataloguing the physical descriptions and car license plates of patients, and […]
Ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands have taken to creating revenge pornographic websites against the women they used to be involved with. These women are just finding out that there are pornographic pictures of them on the website. Many of these women did not even know that the pictures even existed. Morgan says people who find themselves on the site have lost jobs, feel blacklisted in the community, become hermits, change friends and even become suicidal. He says women should not feel belittled. He says get involved in support groups for revenge porn and be active. 12 News […]