AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A newspaper investigation has found that only three Texas law enforcement officers were indicted out of the 289 cases in the last decade in which a person has died while in the custody of officers.
Separately, the investigation by the Austin American-Statesman also found only three instances in which an officer was fired or suspended for their actions following an in-custody death.
Punishment rarely occurred even when officers were found to have violated use-of-force or other policies.
Families of those who died in police custody often turned to civil courts to address their complaints. Since 2005 more than $20 million has been awarded to families in settlements and judgments.
The newspaper's findings were largely based on a Custodial Death Report maintained by the Texas attorney general's office.
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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com