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CLEAT applauds decision to send open-carry bill to conference committee

May 27, 2015 • Capitol Report

 

Todd Harrison, Charley Wilkison and Chris Jones on the way to the Capitol.

Todd Harrison, Charley Wilkison and Chris Jones on the way to the Capitol.

CLEAT thanks the two House members who are former law enforcement officers for their common-sense arguments that sent the open-carry legislation to a conference committee.

Reps. Phil King and Allen Fletcher, both longtime CLEAT friends, argued persuasively on Wednesday  that a provision of the Senate-passed version of the bill that would prevent police officers from questioning anyone displaying a handgun in public would put law enforcement officers at risk.

“This is going to make it very difficult (for officers) to do their jobs,” King told the House. Continue Reading »

Texas City officer who took down shooter is cleared

May 26, 2015 • Law Review

A still image from the video from Dec. 26, 2014.

A still image from the video from Dec. 26, 2014.

A Galveston County grand jury has cleared the Texas City police officer whose quick reaction neutralized what could have been a bloodbath when a man opened fire at a crowded nightclub in December.

The officer, seven-year department veteran Christopher Ham, was represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas. Audio and video released after the grand jury had ruled last week showed that shooter fired several rounds after bar fight spilled into the nightclub parking lot in the post-midnight hours of Dec. 26, 2014.

Ham could be heard on the audio repeatedly ordering to shooter to drop his pistol. When the shooter trained the weapon on Ham, the officer fired several times. The shooter did not survive. Continue Reading »

Gun violence in motorcycle gangs rare, CLEAT president says

May 19, 2015 • Around the State

Todd Harrison

Todd Harrison

CLEAT President Todd Harrison offered unique perspective in a nationally circulated newspaper and in a National Public Radio affiliate regarding last weekend’s deadly shootings in Waco.

Harrison provided some history on motorcycle gangs in Texas and how their influence has expanded beyond the state’s borders and into the world of drug trafficking.

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