News Week in Review: Robbers Catch Sentences, a D.A. Leaves Dallas, and a Cowboy Beats the Rap

We know you're busy. Here's a Friday bundle to serve as your quick political fix.
Susan Hawk Quits as Dallas County DA, Abbott to Pick Replacement
The long-missing district attorney steps down. We have the consequences, reactions and the full text of her farewell letter.

7 Things We Found Digging Through the Ezekiel Elliott Evidence
The prized Cowboy clears a domestic violence accusation, but other questions are raised by the evidence that authorities gathered and released to the public. 

Weekly Schutze
Shoveling these wretches out of their refuges could easily become a three or four times-a-year event – the long-range solution, as long as the rest of us don’t care. And if we don’t care, who cares if the homeless people care?
- Jim Schutze, from "New Proposal for Taking Care of Homeless Problem: a Catapult"

The Horse's Mouth
Chief David Brown faced the public for the first time since announcing his October retirement last week. 
We cut 8 minutes of highlights from our Facebook Live feed from headquarters; watch him field questions about his future, his legacy and his unshaken belief in community policing.

FBI Catches Robbers They Called "Bulls Cap Bandits"

Last week, News of the Week readers heard of serial Auto Zone robbers who struck several times recently. These stores frequent targets in Dallas. This week the FBI crowed about the sentencing of those they dubbed the “Bulls Cap Bandits” because they wore Chicago Bulls caps during the robberies of pawn store and three Auto Zone stores.

DALLAS — Two Dallas men, Cedric Ray Jones, 27, and his brother, Damien Antoine Jones, 31, were sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to lengthy federal prison sentences for committing several violent armed robberies in Dallas in 2014, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. Cedric Jones was sentenced to 573 months, and Damien Jones was sentenced to 708 months in federal prison. Each pleaded guilty late last year to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, two counts of using, carry, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to, and possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of, a crime of violence, and three counts of interference with commerce by robbery...Co-conspirator, Savalas Christopher Love, 32, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count and one firearm count. He is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Parting Shot

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Joe Pappalardo is the former editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.
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