Why the Texas law that shields cops from lawsuits won’t protect cops from criticism

Law enforcement and civil rights advocates say they are outraged that Texas has enacted a law that prevents cops from suing police officers for alleged crimes.

The law allows the police to sue police officers who are accused of committing a crime.

It was signed into law in January, two months after a video of a police shooting sparked protests and protests against police brutality against people of color.

A federal judge last week said the law was unconstitutional.

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An April study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project found that only 14 percent of police officers surveyed reported that they have suffered at least one serious incident during their careers.

That is about the same rate as other states, including Arizona and New York, the study found.

The study did not analyze the impact of the law on officers’ chances of getting paid or getting promotions, or how it would affect hiring practices.

“It’s pretty clear that if the law is implemented, the likelihood of an officer who has a criminal record getting promoted will be significantly reduced,” said Mark Potok, the founder of the organization that published the study.

“There is a tremendous amount of public outrage about this law, and the public is getting increasingly sick of the constant finger-pointing and blaming the victim, which is counterproductive.”

A federal court in Houston, where the Texas Legislature is in session, will consider a challenge to the law.

A ruling is expected this week.

The Tribune’s Michael A. Biesecker reported this story from Austin.

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