According to the Texas Justice Initiative, 8,730 deaths under law enforcement custody have been reported in Texas since 2005.
Some of these cases make headlines — such as the recent death of a Huntsville prison inmate after an altercation with a guard, and another lethal altercation in the lobby of the Bexar County Magistrate’s Office — but many in-custody deaths receive little public attention.
In-custody deaths must be reported to the state attorney general’s office, but the accuracy of this reporting has been called into question.
While the vast majority of these cases are most likely not criminal in nature, if just one death is, it’s one that requires justice.
If you are aware of an instance of criminality that has led to an in-custody death, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $5,000.
Tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information that substantively contributes to the prosecution of government-related offenses may be eligible for a reward. Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only to the first person who provides an anonymous, crime-solving tip submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concerns information not previously provided to or known by authorities.
NOTE: If you are aware that these allegations have been dropped, or know that information on this page is outdated, please contact us.