By Josh Hinkle
Originally published Nov. 19, 2018
Citing an obscure legal loophole, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office blocked a grieving mother’s request for evidence of how her 21-year-old son died in jail. Now, KXAN uncovers video and other records of the painful days leading up to his death and his interactions with jail staff in those final hours. The ongoing report has sparked a new investigation into the response to his medical needs and prompted a legislative effort to eliminate that loophole, as we reveal police agencies across Texas using it to keep details about dozens of other in-custody deaths secret. See the full article and video story here.