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CLEAT Legal gets job back for San Antonio officer

July 29, 2015 • Law Review

Officer Garza and Bob Leonard.

Officer Garza and Bob Leonard.

San Antonio Police Officer Michael Garza was never so happy following his return to full duty after a nearly three-year absence.

In July 2012 Officer Garza was involved in a fatal shooting. During the investigation it was discovered that Officer Garza had committed some department policy violations. However, instead of receiving appropriate discipline, the department terminated his employment.

CLEAT attorney Bob Leonard immediately filed an appeal on Michael’s behalf. Following a lengthy criminal review by the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, a four-day arbitration was held in January of this year. Continue Reading »

CLEAT hosts breakfast for TASRO Conference in Dallas

July 20, 2015 • Around the State

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CLEAT Field Services Representative Janet Cole and Brandon Watson of California Casualty took part in the Texas Association of School Resource Officers’ annual conference in Dallas.

They were joined  TASRO board members Sarah Turowski and David Ellis.  Both are CLEAT members as well. CLEAT and California Casualty provided breakfast for the conference.

Sarah Turowski, a CLEAT member from the Georgetown Police Department, is a newly elected TASRO board member. Continue Reading »

CLEAT extends condolences to family of fallen officer

July 16, 2015 • Around the State

Thin_Blue_Line.svgAUSTIN-CLEAT, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, officials are extending deepest condolences to family, friends and coworkers of Timothy Davison, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections officer killed in the line of duty yesterday at an East Texas unit in New Boston.

CLEAT’s Executive Director, Charley Wilkison, who is there this morning, expressed concern for prison guards’ safety in general as well as the alarming rate of officer killed this year. To date, eight Texas peace officers have died in the line of duty. Texas also leads the nation in fallen officers. Continue Reading »