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CLEAT helps clear Austin officers who used deadly force on armed suspect

September 17, 2014 • Around the State, Law Review

Nadia Stewart

Nadia Stewart

Austin police officers who were forced to open fire on a man who leveled a shotgun at them in April 2013 were cleared this week by a grand jury.

CLEAT Staff Attorney Nadia Stewart represented Officers Matthew Henion, Nicholas Moore and Donovan Hunter in the incident that was described by APD Chief Art Acevedo as “suicide by cop.” A fourth officer in the incident had separate representation.

Stewart said the evidence was overwhelming that the man, who later was found to have quit taking medications to treat a mental disorder, represented a grave threat to the officers and anyone else in the area on the night of the shooting. He had barricaded himself in shed behind his home and was armed with the shotgun and a handgun. Continue Reading »

CLEAT wins reversal of El Paso deputy’s suspension

September 9, 2014 • Around the State, Law Review

Deputy Luis Silva and CLEAT Attorney Alyssa Perez

Deputy Luis Silva and CLEAT Attorney Alyssa Perez

Deputy Luis Silva, a 17-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, had his three-day suspension overturned thanks to CLEAT Attorney Alyssa Perez.

The case arose out of Deputy Silva’ s involvement as an assisting unit to a controlled narcotics delivery operation. The operation turned into a pursuit of the target vehicle which was carrying over 400 pounds of marijuana.

Deputy Silva was the passenger in the primary unit.  Although all the deputies involved were investigated by internal affairs for violations of the pursuit policy, their cases were not sustained by the Sheriff. Continue Reading »

27 officers receive Star of Texas Awards

September 3, 2014 • Around the State

Gov. Rick Perry comforts a police officer's family.

Gov. Rick Perry comforts a police officer’s family.

Eight law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year and 19 others who were seriously injured were among 32 Texas first responders honored at the State Capitol on Wednesday.

The officers, firefighters and emergency medical providers were given Star of Texas Awards by Gov. Rick Perry.

“The Texans we honor today are the best our state has to offer,” Perry said during the ceremony in the Texas House Chamber. Continue Reading »