Crime & Justice

Austin Police
4:04 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Austin Police Unveil New $3.75 Million Helicopter

Police Chief Art Acevedo says APD's new chopper is the first Austin-owned aircraft that can perform functions of law enforcement, fire fighting, air-ambulance and search and rescue.
Matthew Alvarez for KUT News

The City of Austin unveiled its newest addition to the Austin Police Department today: the Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopter.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo characterized the chopper as a good start: He argued Austin should have three of the aircraft.

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Austin Police
3:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Justice Dept. Declines Request to Review Austin Police Policies

The Justice Department won’t be taking another look at Austin Police policies.

City Manager Marc Ott asked the department to review Austin Police procedures following the shooting death of Larry Jackson Jr. by Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert. Jackson, an African-American, was unarmed.

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Crime
2:20 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

To UT 'Campus Watch' Team, Crime is No Laughing Matter

UT Police urge new students on campus to exercise caution.
Mose Buchele, KUT News

The University of Texas Police Department sees a drop in crime rates over the summer as many students leave Austin. Now that students are back on campus, UTPD advises  students to be aware of their surroundings, have a game plan when going out at night and to report all suspicious activity.

That's according to UTPD Officer Layne Brewster, who regularly sends Campus Watch emails to the UT community recapping reports of crime at the university.

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Fort Hood Shootings
1:05 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

A Fort Hood Family's Journey to 'the Great Part of Mourning'

Joleen Cahill says her husband Michael – a civilian killed in the Fort Hood army base shootings in 2009 – remains “an inspiration to me to do better.”
Mose Buchele, KUT News

Public radio listeners were first introduced to Michael Cahill just days after his death.

In a story that aired November 2009, we learned about Cahill, who was working as a physician’s assistant at Fort Hood when he became the only civilian killed in the shooting there.

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Police
4:20 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Austin Police Officer Cleared in Fatal 2012 Springtime Shooting

A grand jury has declined to indict Officer Eric Copeland over his fatal shooting of Ahmede Bradley.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

An Austin police officer who fatally shot a man in East Austin last year will not face charges.

After reviewing the shooting, a Travis County grand jury declined to indict Officer Eric Copeland. Police say he shot Ahmede Bradley three times in the chest after a struggle over Copeland’s handgun. The shooting happened the same night as the killing of APD Officer Jaime Padron, in an unrelated incident.

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Justice
6:03 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Texas Couple Appeals Sentence for 'Satanic Ritual Abuse'

Fran Keller at the Crain Unit in Gatesville on August 26, 2013.
Karen Bernstein for KUT News

In 1989, Fran Keller and her husband Dan wanted to find work with a purpose – something that could bring them closer to their community. They opened a day care in their rented house in Oak Hill, with a desire to take in pre-school age children and toddlers, even those who had a history of behavioral problems.

But Fran Keller says she never expected to find herself where she is now: serving her 23rd year in prison at the Crain Unit in Gatesville, Texas.

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March on Washington
3:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

50 Years After MLK's Iconic Speech, What's Your Dream?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at the 1963 March on Washington.
flickr.com/usnationalarchives

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington, where he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

KUT recently went to the streets, asking random Austinites to complete the phrase "I have a dream (that)…"  Their responses may surprise you. Listen in the audio player above.

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March on Washington
1:50 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Speaking At The Lincoln Memorial, Obama Assesses 'The Dream'

Former President Bill Clinton tells the crowd that Americans today owe a tremendous debt to "those people who came here 50 years ago." Millions of us, he said, have lived the dream King talked about.
Shawn Thew EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:05 am

  • Listen: NPR Special Coverage Of The March On Washington Anniversary

Thousands gathered under gray skies in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

They gathered in the exact same spot where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and many of the same themes — equality, dignity, unity — echoed through the crowd.

President Obama was joined by the King family and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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