Not Following Orders


Over the past five years, police officer Daniel Alvarado has been suspended four times and reprimanded or cautioned at least 12 times, including six times for not obeying orders. So his supervisors in Texas's Northside Independent School District Police Department should not have been surprised when he disobeyed an order to stay with a teenage boy he'd just seen get punched at a bus stop. Instead, Alvarado chased the boy he had seen throw the punch, 14-year-old Derek Lopez. Minutes later, Alvarado shot Lopez, who was unarmed.