Sometimes seeing is believing. But in Texas, at least, it’s not always that easy. Thanks to an obscure loophole in the Texas Public Information Act, law enforcement agencies can withhold evidence, including dash cam footage and recordings, if a suspect didn’t go through the court process. On this week’s episode, Josh Hinkle and Sarah Rafique of TV station KXAN discuss their investigation into the law’s unintended effects. Information in cases involving dead suspects — including deaths in police custody — can remain confidential, even to family of the deceased.

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MUSIC

Building the Sled (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Roundpine (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

The Records (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Greyleaf Willow (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Slow Line Stomp (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Then A Gambling Problem (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Lamprey (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

 

CREDITS

Tessa Weinberg reported this episode. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.