Leading Off (9/5/14)

Fair Park, the police department, and a life sentence for an ugly crime.

Dallas Park Board Skeptical of Privatizing Fair Park. Like Peter mentioned yesterday, the big idea in this week’s report from the mayor’s task force on Fair Park is turning over management of this important city cultural asset to a nonprofit. Well, the Park and Recreation Board got talking about the recommendations on Thursday, and its members weren’t terribly enthusiastic about the notion. Possibly their reluctance is related to how much sway they hold over what happens at Fair Park, operated now by the city Park and Recreation Department, which reports to the Park Board. But also factoring in is the fact that there’s no existing nonprofit group that would seem to be a good fit for running Fair Park.

Dallas Police Involved in Shootings Get Desk Duty. Following a recent string of incidents, the city’s police department has made policy changes that will keep cops who were involved with shootings off the street for a month afterward. In part, Assistant Chief Tom Lawrence said, this is being done to safeguard the mental health of officers who use deadly force in the line of duty. “There is an emotional and psychological impact on you,” he said. “Whether it is good or bad, that’s up to the individual.”

Woman Disappeared From the Shops at Legacy. Christina Morris, 23, was last seen at about 4 a.m. Saturday in a parking garage after spending the evening with friends.

Teenager Gets Life in Prison For Killing 6-Year-Old. Tyler Holder, 18, also was sentenced to an additional 40 years for shooting one of the Arlington cops who’d come to arrest him. It’s an ugly story.