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Bob Leonard promoted to Assistant General Counsel

Bob Leonard and Charley Wikison

Bob Leonard and Charley Wilkison

Staff Attorney Bob Leonard, who has been with CLEAT for nine years,  has been promoted to Assistant General Counsel by Executive Director Charley Wilkison.

Leonard, a New York native, joined CLEAT in 2005 and works in the San Antonio office. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History at the University of New York, Stony Brook, and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

In 1983, Robert joined the U.S. Army and was a military police officer. In 1985, he joined the Army National Guard and served for 15 years.

CLEAT General Counsel Michael Rickman, who has been working from the San Antonio, is now setting up shop in the State Headquarters in Austin. He will be able to travel more in the field but will continue with a presence in San Antonio when needed, Wilkison said.

Posted by September 17, 2014

There’s still time to get T-shirts from the POMF BBQ Cook-off

bbq tIf you missed last weekend’s BBQ Cook-off in San Antonio to benefit the Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation but still want to help, you can buy an official T-shirt from the event.

The sizes go from medium to XXXL and the price is $12, plus $5 for shipping. Here’s the link to place your order online

All proceeds benefit the Texas Peace Officers Memorial, which is privately funded and located on the State Capitol grounds, about two blocks from CLEAT’s state headquarters.

The mission of the Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is to perpetuate the memory of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of Texas.

The cook-off was last weekend i San Antonio.

The cook-off was last weekend i San Antonio.

Posted by September 17, 2014

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

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. Read More »

Posted by September 17, 2014

Ed Martin to join CLEAT Executive Board

Ed Martin

Ed Martin

SAN ANTONIO — Ed Martin of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will join the CLEAT Executive Board effective Monday, replacing Mike Mills in Region 7 who is resigning after earning a promotion in Beaumont.

Martin, who attended the two-day executive board meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday and Thursday, said he’s excited to get to work on behalf of CLEAT members statewide. His particular interests include protecting law enforcement pensions and improving Texas’ workers’ compensation system.

“As far as stepping up and and going to the fight — I’ll go to the fight,” Martin told the board soon after President Todd Harrison made his appointment official. Read More »

Posted by September 12, 2014

CLEAT wins reversal of El Paso deputy’s suspension

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. Read More »

Posted by September 9, 2014

$50 rebate offered for special POMF license plates

photoIf you’re considering getting special license plates that help support the Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation, you can get a break on the price between now and the end of September. is offering a $50 rebate when you purchase a 10-year term plate. To place an order, go to the website and enter promo code TENYR50.

The POMF gets a portion of the sales prices.

There are some conditions:

  • You must enter the promo code to receive the rebate.
  • It must be a 10-year term plate purchase.
  • Promo code expires Sept. 30.

Posted by September 9, 2014

27 officers receive Star of Texas Awards

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. Read More »

Posted by September 3, 2014

Meet-and-confer deal is adopted by San Angelo City Council

Korby Kennedy

Korby Kennedy

Police officers in San Angelo are now on track to be paid salaries on par with their counterparts in cities like Midland and Lubbock under the meet-and-confer agreement unanimously approved Tuesday by the City Council.

The agreement was overwhelmingly embraced last month by the CLEAT-affiliated San Angelo Coalition of Police. The CLEAT Legal and Field Services staffs assisted the local in the development of the agreement.

“We want to keep who we train, we want to keep them here,” said Sgt. Korby Kennedy, president of the San Angelo Coalition of Police told the local media. Read More »

Posted by September 2, 2014

CLEAT video demonstrates life-and-death realities for police

Jolanda Sanchez

Jolanda Sanchez

CLEAT turns its focus this Labor Day to the sacrifice of police officers and their families who often work in stressful conditions facing violence and death every day.

CLEAT has written and produced a short film about Officer Jolanda Sanchez, her fallen brother Rocky Riojas, and a critical incident in San Antonio.

Officer Sanchez and her partner were called to a Super 8 Motel where they were engaged with an active shooter. Officer Sanchez’s partner was shot in the head.

The video can be viewed here.
See the report on KENS5 News.

Even as Officer Sanchez was dealing with a live shooter, and critically injured partner she had the added stress of the memory of her fallen brother Rocky who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Instead of being paralyzed by fear and loss–she placed her own life at risk and heroically saved the life of her partner.

“It’s fitting that Officer Sanchez comes from San Antonio, Texas where certain city leaders are attempting to cut police pay and benefits,” said CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison.

“Police officers, like Jolanda Sanchez, have helped to create the prosperity of San Antonio, Texas,” Wilkison said. “Generations of police families have protected San Antonio and continue to pay a great price for simply doing their jobs.”

“We call on San Antonio leaders at all levels to watch this video, look deep inside themselves, and help us stop the political attacks against the police,” he said.

Rocky Rios

Rocky Riojas


Posted by September 2, 2014

CLEAT endorses Sen. Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General

CLEAT President Todd Harrison, Sen. Ken Paxton, CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison and Rep. Phil King.

CLEAT President Todd Harrison, Sen. Ken Paxton, CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison and Rep. Phil King.

CLEAT  is endorsing state Sen. Ken Paxton in the 2014 race for Texas Attorney General.

“Law enforcement officers all across Texas have a true friend in Senator Paxton,” said CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison. “He has the experience and judgment to understand the grave threats they face every time they put on their uniform and head out to protect the public.”

Senator Paxton accepted the endorsement of the state’s largest law enforcement officers’ organization after meeting with several of its rank-and-file members and staff at its Austin Headquarters on Tuesday morning.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of CLEAT and the numerous law enforcement officers represented by their organization,” Paxton said.  “With the tragedy in Bexar County this past weekend, we were once again reminded of the risk police officers face every day as they pin the badge and work to keep Texas safe.

“The law enforcement community has my gratitude, and as Attorney General I look forward to working with CLEAT and rank and file officers all across Texas.”

Added CLEAT President Todd Harrison, who is a Sergeant with the Austin Police Department:  “We take Senator Paxton at his word that he will work with local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies all over Texas to aggressively bring criminals to justice.”

FWPOA 1st Vice President Dean Gilliam , FWPOA President Rick Van Houten, FWPOA 2nd Vice President Lloyd Cook with Paxton and King.

FWPOA 1st Vice President Dean Gilliam , FWPOA President Rick Van Houten, FWPOA 2nd Vice President Lloyd Cook with Paxton and King.

Posted by August 26, 2014