Today's AP story by Jake Bleiberg says "Dallas police officer charged with 2 counts capital murder" but in these cases we always ask what color Dallas police officer.
We know that when a police officer commits justifiable homicide, it's important what color he is, and what color the attempted murder was, so why not when a police officer is charged with murder?
You'd never know what color Officer Riser was from the AP, from the story, illustrated with a picture of Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia, rather than the accused.
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer’s instruction in 2017, authorities said.
Bryan Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody Thursday morning and taken to the Dallas County Jail for processing, according to a statement from the police department. A lawyer for him couldn’t immediately be identified.
Riser was arrested in the unconnected killings of Liza Saenz, 31, and Albert Douglas, 61, after a man came forward in August 2019 and told police he had kidnapped and killed them at Riser’s direction, police Chief Eddie Garcia said during a news conference. He said investigators don’t know the motives for the killings, but that they were not related to Riser’s police work.
Garcia did not explain why Riser was arrested more than a year after the witness came forward, and police did not immediately respond to questions about the timing or whether the person who implicated Riser has also been charged. The chief stressed that his homicide division and the FBI were still investigating.
Saenz’s body was pulled from the Trinity River on March 10, 2017, with several bullet wounds, the chief said. Douglas was reported missing that year and his body hasn’t been found.
The murder charges are not the officer’s first alleged crimes. In May 2017, Riser faced a domestic violence charge for allegedly assaulting and injuring an ex-girlfriend. It wasn’t immediately clear how that case was resolved, and Garcia declined to comment on it Thursday. [More]
Well, here's a picture of Riser:
Here's one of his alleged victims:
We don't know, and none of the reporters would have asked, what color Albert Douglas, 61, was when he was alive.
In the 2017 case, some arrests were made.
"Investigators said an anonymous tip led them to arrest 28-year-old Kevin Kidd, 31-year-old Emmanuel Kilpatrick and 35-year-old Jermon Simmons in connection with the killing." [Dallas Police Arrest Three Men in Connection With Body of Woman Found in Trinity River , September 21, 2017 ]
What color they are is left as an exercise for the student.