CLEAT requests removal of Travis County Assistant DA by email, offers job to law enforcement prosecutor
AUSTIN (KXAN) – An email regarding a job posting for the Travis County District Attorney’s unit investigating and prosecuting the illegal use of force by officers has caught the attention of the world’s largest organization in state law enforcement Sunday.
Charley Wilkison, executive director of the Texas Law Enforcement Association, calls for the removal of the First Assistant DA in response to an email and post that he says constitutes an attack on law enforcement order of central Texas.
“We call [DA Jose Garza] today to immediately dismiss his deputy district attorney, who, either by accident or on purpose, has shown the true colors of this government office, which should seek facts related to criminal conduct, ”said Wilkison in a video response posted to YouTube.
A Press release, published by CLEAT, includes a screenshot of an email sent by First Deputy to District Attorney Trudy Strassburger, indicating that the office is looking to add another person to its civil rights unit.
“This kind of didactic language is intended for activists and not for benign prosecution powers that reside inside the wall of an elected district attorney,” Wilkison says in the video response.
KXAN asked the Travis County District Attorney’s Office to confirm that the email was sent.
the online job posting says the team’s primary objective is “to investigate and prosecute the illegal use of force by law enforcement officials in situations where officers involve shootings, deaths in custody and lesser uses. as lethal force, and also to prosecute officers who used excessive force.
The Civil Rights Unit was created before Garza’s election and is made up of three lawyers. He says they are hiring a team leader to help resolve a backlog and a growing volume of police misconduct in the community, which includes 11 pending indictments.
“Again this year, Travis County grand juries, made up of our community, family and friends, concluded that seven law enforcement agencies should be charged with crimes, including acts of violence such as murder and aggravated assault, ”Garza told KXAN. “I hope that they will join us and seek to eradicate criminal behavior, in particular acts of violence committed by members of their organizations.”
Wilkison says Garza’s office conflicts with personal opinions and beliefs, and the prosecutor should focus on finding prosecutors who follow the facts and seek the truth.
“There is nothing we will not do to ensure that you are treated fairly in the workplace, regardless of the political winds that blow,” Wilkison says in the video, speaking to officers the organization represents. .
Garza ran on a platform for full pursuit of any policeman who is not justified in using excessive or lethal force.