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CLEAT legal victory for Harris County detention officers

July 30, 2015 • Law Review


Left to right: Salih Hankins, Staff Attorney Bob Thomas, John Gomez, Frank Spicher & Ben Leal

CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas successfully represented four detention officers employed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office who were all disciplined as the result of one incident involving an inmate.

After Salih Hankins, John Gomez, Frank Spicher & Ben Leal, all members of the Sheriffs Employees Organization of Harris County and CLEAT, were notified of their discipline, they contacted CLEAT’s Bob Thomas. He immediately got to work in appealing their cases. In four separate disciplinary appeal hearings,  a settlement was mediated with the Sheriff and each of the four officers’ discipline was either expunged completely or reduced by agreement.

CLEAT Legal gets job back for San Antonio officer

July 29, 2015 • Law Review

Officer Garza and Bob Leonard.

Officer Garza and Assistant General Counsel 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 Assistant General Counsel 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


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 »