Eric Fagan, elected during a larger national reckoning on race and law enforcement, will lead an office that has been under fire for racial profiling.
Michael Barajas is a staff writer covering civil rights for the Texas Observer. Before joining the Observer, he was editor of the San Antonio Current and managing editor of the Houston Press. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Articles by Michael Barajas
José Garza represents a new wave of reform-minded DAs who want to end the war on drugs and prosecute police officers who kill.
As the growing number of Black and Latinx voters threaten the GOP’s stranglehold on power, attempts to limit safe voting options during the pandemic reveal a deeper sickness in Texas politics.
Conservative media have turned Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn into a right-wing celebrity despite a long list of scandals on his watch.
Henderson says policing in the U.S. perpetuates systems of inequality that mirror the nation’s history of colonialism.
Protests to remove racist statues and iconography are part of a larger effort to reframe Texas history.
Hurricane Laura underscores the threat and disruption of storm seasons super-charged by climate change.
Deaths like Savion Hall’s are tragically common in Texas jails. What’s unusual are the criminal charges against the people responsible for treating him.
The lack of access for eligible voters in pretrial detention is part of a larger constellation of disenfranchisement for people whose lives intersect with the criminal legal system.
Years of activism and a legacy of police violence are fueling demands to reimagine public safety.