Dallas County DA creates investigative unit
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas County district attorney says he will create a unit to independently investigate police shootings. The Dallas Morning News reports District Attorney Craig Watkins made the announcement on Thursday. Watkins says a two-person unit will go the scene of every police shooting. He says its investigations will run concurrently with police inquiries. Watkins says prosecutors will no longer wait for police to bring the cases to them. He says it would be irresponsible not to address "the fact that there is a lack of trust with the police." Dallas Police Chief David Brown says he supports the idea because the unit will "add another layer of oversight." Brown says it should improve public trust and confidence in the criminal justice system. The unit will cost about $200,000 annually.