Kelli Smith, The Dallas Morning News

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The Dallas Morning News

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Past articles by Kelli:

What to know about how Dallas police officers store evidence

As the department reviews about 450 pending murder and capital murder cases to determine how many videos were deleted, command staff made multiple changes —... → Read More

What we know about Dallas police search for missing video evidence in murder cases

Dallas police have already found video evidence was permanently deleted in a number of murder investigations dating back to 2016. → Read More

Murder cases could be in jeopardy as Dallas police review 450 cases for missing evidence

Dallas police have identified some deleted videos during their ongoing review of about 450 pending murder cases. And this is just the beginning. A review of... → Read More

Ankle monitor legislation spurred by deadly shooting at Dallas hospital announced

Proposed legislation could result in harsher penalties for people who cut off their ankle monitors and require notification to law-enforcement and other... → Read More

Dallas police chief fires officer accused of inappropriate force, suspends different cop

Officer Barron Cooper was terminated during a disciplinary hearing, while a different officer, Aaron Cagle, was suspended for 20 days. → Read More

Local artist 2G.Kaash arrested on murder charge in Grand Prairie, authorities say

This is the second murder charge that Dallas-area rapper 2G.Kaash has faced. A grand jury did not indict him after he was arrested in connection to a Feburary... → Read More

Dallas police officer fatally shoots dog after it bit another cop, officials say

A Dallas police officer fatally shot a dog Sunday in northwest Dallas after the dog bit a different officer, department officials said. Officers came across... → Read More

Grand jury doesn’t indict Dallas detective accused of tampering, perjury in homicide case

A Dallas County grand jury declined on Friday to indict a Dallas police homicide detective accused of tampering with a murder investigation into a fellow... → Read More

DA, DPD audit detective at center of evidence loss in murder case

The Dallas County district attorney’s office is working with Dallas police to audit all files belonging to a detective whose failure to share hundreds of... → Read More

Dallas DA wasn’t aware of 52,000 improperly stored police files before The News’ report

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said on Thursday that his office wasn’t made aware of thousands of digital police files that were improperly... → Read More

Sen. Cornyn, Dallas leaders praise new funding for officer de-escalation training

New federal grants aim to help officers de-escalate situations while responding to calls through reality-based scenarios that focus on how to prevent the use... → Read More

Family of man fatally shot by Dallas police last year files lawsuit against officers, city

The family of a man fatally shot by Dallas police at a Lake Highlands gas station last year filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against police and the city,... → Read More

5 things to know about Dallas police’s 52,000 untagged files and how it could impact cases

Last week, a Dallas police assistant chief alerted his majors and deputy chiefs that the department may be in violation of state laws about turning over... → Read More

Pedestrian hospitalized after being struck by unmarked police vehicle, Dallas police say

A pedestrian was hospitalized in critical condition this weekend after being struck by an unmarked police vehicle driven by a Dallas police officer, the... → Read More

Dallas police may be violating evidence laws with 52,000 improperly stored digital files

Dallas police are at risk of being in violation of evidence laws after officers improperly stored more than 52,000 digital records, according to interviews... → Read More

Dallas police look to recruit, retain officers in new ways as ‘hiring crisis’ endures

In the face of an enduring hiring crisis, the Dallas Police Department’s recruiting and retention goals in 2023 boil down to a simple message: 300 cops in,... → Read More

Dallas police report uptick in homicides, aggravated assaults in first weeks of 2023

Dallas police reported an uptick in homicides and aggravated assaults so far in 2023 — which the city’s top cop attributed to fewer incidents with more... → Read More

Man jailed in Dallas Zoo crimes plans to steal more animals if released, affidavits say

The man arrested in connection with a series of incidents at the Dallas Zoo, including cut enclosures and missing animals, told police he plans to return to... → Read More

Ice blankets North Texas as some residents venture out — but most heed pleas to stay home

Thick sheets of ice blanketed North Texas roads Wednesday as the year’s first major winter storm stretched into another day, prolonging cancellations and... → Read More

Lancaster church led Dallas police to home where zoo monkeys were found, family says

Members of a Lancaster church led authorities to the home where two monkeys taken from the Dallas Zoo were found Tuesday, the family who runs the church told... → Read More