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Resource ID: #26931
Subject: Public Safety
Source: KTVT (Dallas, TX)
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Date: February 3, 2014

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The call came in on police scanners as an accident - Two cars, one was on fire and a major highway may need to be shut down. Turns out, after witness and chopper video was secured, our station had confirmed the car on fire was a police patrol car; but not just any patrol car, a Ford Crown Victoria. Yes, THE Ford Crown Vic. The scene was, unfortunately, a familiar one for the City of Fort Worth. During the height of the Ford Crown Vic revolt, Fort Worth Police lost one of its own officers. He was responding to a late-night DWI call when he was hit from behind. He was trapped in his car and burned to death in his Ford Crown Vic. More than seven years later, it felt like history was repeating itself. But why? The city had promised they'd make things right by making sure no other officer was ever put in that position again. The CBS 11 I-Team dug through years of records to find that wasn't true. That in fact, the City of Fort Worth had chosen saving money or police safety.

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