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A far different narrative would have emerged if Officer Wilson had been killed

December 17, 2014 • Charley's Blog

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By Charley Wilkison
CLEAT Executive Director

If Officer Darren Wilson had been murdered with his own weapon, the sod would already be level over his grave and the dormant roots of autumn grass would be waiting patiently for spring.

If he had not regained control of his service weapon inside his own unit, he would be dead.

If Officer Wilson had been the one to die, there would have been no federal inquiry, and the media would not have covered it except the local news might have had a few shots of the bagpiper at the police funeral. President Obama would not have said anything.

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Have a happy and safe holiday season!

December 15, 2014 • Around the State


The Arlington Police Association Christmas party.

The Arlington Police Association Christmas party.

It’s holiday time and several affiliated locals have taken time to celebrate the season.

The Arlington Police Association had its holiday party on Dec. 6. And the association continued its Santa Cops program for families in need. Several associations have similar programs.

CLEAT wishes all its members, their families and their supporters a happy and safe holiday season. Continue Reading »

ERS issues dire warning on health of pension plans

December 9, 2014 • Capitol Report

Sen. Craig Estes

Sen. Craig Estes

The Texas Employee Retirement System pension plans are out of balance, which could result in changes to the benefit structures as well as an increase in the amount employees must contribute, the system’s executive director told a legislative panel on Tuesday.

“The good news is, it’s fixable,” Ann Bishop told the Senate State Affairs Committee.

But the fixes will come with a cost. ERS will seek more than a half-billion dollars in additional revenue from lawmakers next year to help close the gap, Bishop said. That’s needed because ERS is only taking in 77 cents for every dollar it has promised out for its pensions, she said. Continue Reading »