Texas Digest: Two Fort Worth police leaders reassigned amid leaks


FORT WORTH

Police officials reassigned amid leaks

Two police commanders have been temporarily replaced as investigators determine who leaked police video and other material in the controversial arrest of a black woman and her daughters by a white Fort Worth police officer.

KXAS-TV in Dallas reported that an assistant chief and a deputy chief were questioned in the matter.

The Fort Worth Police Department began an internal investigation after officer William Martin’s body camera video was leaked. Martin’s disciplinary records also were released to defense attorneys and others.

Martin responded in December to a dispute involving Jacqueline Craig, who said a neighbor had assaulted her son for littering.

Cellphone video appears to show Martin escalating the situation before he forces Craig to the ground and arrests her and then her two daughters.

Charges against Craig were later dropped.

FORT WORTH

Transgender student complains after remark

A transgender student has filed a complaint with her school district, saying a teacher’s aide was insensitive when the aide questioned the student’s use of a women’s bathroom.

KDFW-TV reported that 16-year-old Ishy Valdez and her mother have spoken with Castleberry school district officials about Wednesday’s confrontation.

Valdez, who’s transitioning from a boy to a girl, said she and other students were at Tarrant County College for a class when she was approached by the aide.

The teen said the aide made clear she disapproved of Valdez using the women’s bathroom because the teen was born a boy.

A district administrator declined to comment.

President Donald Trump revoked a directive by former President Barack Obama advising public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

DALLAS

Elderly resident missing after condo fire

An elderly resident of a Dallas condominium complex is unaccounted for after a fire destroyed the four-story structure, authorities say.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said firefighters searched for the woman Saturday and contacted her family and friends.

Dallas police issued a critical missing person advisory for the woman, described as having dementia and saying she was last seen Friday night.

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, which broke out about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 60-unit complex. Evans said one person had minor medical issues, exacerbated by the fire and smoke, and was taken to a hospital but was expected to be OK.

Firefighters spent Saturday dealing with hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

American Red Cross officials were assisting about 100 displaced residents.

SAN ANTONIO

Former officers convicted of sex assault

Two former San Antonio police officers have been convicted of sexual assault for faking an undercover operation to lure women.

The penalty phase will continue Monday for 31-year-old Emmanuel Galindo and 29-year-old Alejandro Chapa.

Galindo was convicted Friday in San Antonio of four counts of sexual assault, five counts of compelling prostitution and 12 counts of official oppression.

Chapa was convicted of three counts of sexual assault, four counts of compelling prostitution and eight counts of official oppression.

Galindo and Chapa face up to 20 years in prison on each sexual assault and compelling prostitution count.

Both officers resigned in 2015 after a woman reported being sexually assaulted by an officer. Investigators said more than 20 women were told they’d get paid for assisting in a police sting. Nobody was paid.



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