Leading Off (5/12/15)

Hi, Tuesday.

Violent Crime Is Up 9 Percent in Dallas. Police Chief David Brown briefed the City Council’s Public Safety Committee yesterday, saying that his officers will get “more aggressive in attacking this challenge.” Strange. I remember getting political mailers from Mayor Mike Rawlings bragging about how crime was down.

Middle School Fight Gets a Lot of Attention. Yes, a DISD cop had to use pepper spray to stop a fight at Billy Earl Dade Middle School. That’s never optimal. But basically it sounds like you had a bunch of kids watching a fight. Isn’t that pretty normal?

More Rain on the Way. I know. Pretty crazy, right? And the Trinity River is at minor flood stage.