Week in Review: 12.04.2019

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Week in Review: 12.04.2019

TEA ordered to pay fired whistleblowers; Austin PD accused of racial discrimination; Dallas deputies looted store after tornado; Church congregration failed to reportchild abuse.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Judge rules TEA must pay whistleblower $200K – A U.S. Department of Education administrative judge ruled Friday that the Texas Education Agency must pay more than $200,000 to a whistleblower who was fired after complaining about a multimillion-dollar, no-bid contract that the agency awarded, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Austin hires investigator to examine alleged racist language by former assistant police chief – An independent attorney will examine allegations that former Austin Assistant Police Chief Justin Newsom regularly used racist language as he ascended through the ranks of the police department, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Dallas County deputies accused of stealing from Home Depot leveled by tornado – Two Dallas County sheriff’s deputies are accused of looting a local Home Depot store that was destroyed by a recent tornado, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Irving church congregation kept silent about child abuse for six years – Nearly 100 members of the Irving Church of Christ knew for six years that a former parishioner had sexually abused a teenage boy, but they didn’t report the crime to the police. On Wednesday, Shawn Douglas Risener was convicted of the crime.

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