Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Inveterate protester Eric Brandt has been ordered to serve ninety days in jail for writing an anti-police message in chalk on a sidewalk in Westminster more than four years ago — the same-length sentence given to former police officer Curtis Arganbright, who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and official misconduct while on duty related to a woman he forced to engage in sex acts with him in August 2017. Westword has the story.
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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: According to a statement from the district attorney, Butler allegedly offered to drive a stranded female in his patrol car to a more secure location near her home. “Butler drove the victim to a vacant parking lot near 25th and Sheridan where the alleged sexual assault occurred. Butler then left the victim and drove away in his patrol car.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: After eight years, Valerie Arend has won a judgment that adds up to more than a quarter-million dollars against Hector Peaz, a former police officer convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting her while on duty. But Arend’s attorney, Lauren Maytin, says the immediate rewards for Arend are more psychological than fiscal.
“He’s still in prison, and we’re going to have a hell of a time collecting,” Maytin acknowledges. “But my client feels some vindication, she feels a little bit of relief. She was injured in the criminal case, and the whole process is just ugly for victims in her position. She has had to relive that moment over and over. So when people recognize that you’ve been damaged and they want to punish the individual for doing what he did, you feel like you’re not crazy. But it’s been a long time coming.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: College student Michaella Surat was found guilty of two misdemeanors in an incident during which she was body-slammed to the ground by a police officer. But her attorney says the cop will be the one on trial next, as part of an excessive force lawsuit — one of three he plans to file against the department. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Sheriff Terry Maketa may finally be off the hook with regard to a years-long scandal described in our previous coverage, on view below. The jury in his latest trial on corruption allegations found him not guilty of two misdemeanor charges but deadlocked on a pair of felonies. As such, the judge in the case declared a partial mistrial. Here’s why. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Police officer Ryan Burke was arrested after allegedly harassing his former girlfriend so persistently at an area hotel that representatives from the business called his fellow cops on him. But this is hardly the first time he’s been in trouble with either his employer or local officials. He’s been suspended twice during the past four years with the PD, and the local city council paid thousands to settle an excessive-force lawsuit that named him. Westword has the story.
Michael Mabe and his mom, Linda, first met former Texas City police officer Linnard R. Crouch at the emergency room the night their father and husband, James, died of heart failure.
He had something for them, a little clear plastic baggie full of James’s belongings that Crouch found at the scene where Mabe’s heart went out behind the wheel of his pickup truck, on the side of a busy road in Texas City. Crouch had brought James’s cellphone, his wallet and a stack of money with a single $100 bill on top.
Mrs. Mabe and I thanked Officer Crouch for helping our loved one,” Michael wrote in a letter to Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby in February — before launching into the rest of the narrative: Later that night, when Linda opened the bag, she discovered that the $2,400 she had just given him at her office one hour earlier was missing, and that instead, the money had been replaced with single dollar bills. Turns out, Officer Crouch is now under investigation for stealing it and has been sued by the Mabe family.
It had to be one no good very bad day for the Houston police officer who got arrested by members of his own police force earlier this month.
James D. Norman, who has been with the Houston Police Department just over three years, was arrested and charged with possession of between four and 400 grams of meth on April 4. He was immediately relieved of duty, with pay, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, said HPD spokesman John Cannon.