Archive | September, 2010

Jury finds Burke guilty, judge gives him probation

September 22, 2010

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There was dead silence in the 290th District Court as a Bexar County jury announced they’d found Beaumont Police Officer David Todd Burke guilty of official oppression in connection with using his baton 13 times against Derrick Newman on Aug. 26, 2007.

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Jury begins deliberating official oppression case

September 22, 2010

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A Bexar County jury is now deliberating whether Beaumont Police Officer Todd Burke wrongfully mistreated Derrick Newman when he repeatedly struck him with a baton during an altercation following a routine traffic stop.

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Burke takes the stand in his official oppression trial

September 22, 2010

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Beaumont Police Officer David Todd Burke has taken the stand in his retrial on a charge of official oppression in connection with striking Derrick Newman 13 times with a police baton on Aug. 24, 2007.

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Officer admits unprofessional behavior occurred

September 21, 2010

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A Beaumont Police Department training officer-turned-detective admitted that several officers, including himself, made many unprofessional comments and other behaviors in the aftermath of the incident involving Derrick Newman late on the night of Aug. 24, 2007.

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Bexar County jury sees video in excessive force trial

September 21, 2010

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A Bexar County jury intently watched the playing of a videotape depicting the events leading to Beaumont Police Officer David Todd Burke using his baton to repeatedly strike Derrick Newman during the first morning of testimony in Burke’s official oppression trial.

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Jury selected in Beaumont officer’s retrial

September 20, 2010

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Three men and three women from Bexar County will decide the fate of Beaumont Police Officer David Todd Burke as they begin hearing testimony in his second trial for official oppression Tuesday.

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Retrial of Beaumont police officer begins today in San Antonio

September 19, 2010

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Late on the night of Aug. 24, 2007, several Beaumont, Texas police officers responded to the scene of a routine traffic stop. In the roughly 20 minutes that followed, a series of events transpired that would ultimately exacerbate racial tensions in the Beaumont community and expose rifts in the law enforcement community in Jefferson County.

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Houston audience has its say at Environmental Town Hall

September 15, 2010

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During an Environmental Town Hall in Houston, a former commissioner of Texas’s environmental regulatory agency said the state’s permitting process all but assures that even the most controversial industrial facilities will ultimately receive a permit.

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Santorum takes on JFK, a half-century later

September 9, 2010

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum, speaking Thursday in the same city where 50 years earlier then-candidate John Fitzgerald Kennedy famously declared his belief in an “absolute” separation of church and state, said Kennedy had gone too far, with profound impact on the country.

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What’s this blog about?

September 8, 2010

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In retail, they call it a “soft opening.” For our purposes, this entry is intended to give readers a sense of who I am and what my intentions are for this blog. My name is Ken Fountain. I’ve been a writer in one fashion or another since elementary school, and a professional journalist for over a decade.

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