Law Review

CLEAT attorney Garcia helps deputy clear his record

Bobby Garcia and Albert Cardenas

Bobby Garcia and Albert Cardenas

Cameron County Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Cardenas was wrongly fired last year and slapped with a dishonorable discharge that could have forever derailed his career.

But CLEAT Staff Attorney Bobby Garcia stepped in and launched the process that would clear the deputy and set the record straight. Read More »

Posted by January 20, 2015

CLEAT wins job back for wrongly fired detention officer

Edward Carter and Bob Thomas

Edward Carter and Bob Thomas

When Harris County Detention Officer Edward Carter was wrongly terminated, he reached out to CLEAT and CLEAT came through.

Staff Attorney Bob Thomas handled Carter’s appeal. And at a recent contested appeal hearing, the termination of Detention Officer Carter was reversed and he was promptly reinstated.

Posted by January 12, 2015

Del Rio police officer wrongly fired by Debrow wins his job back

Karl Brehm and Cpl. Roberto Zaragoza

Karl Brehm and Cpl. Roberto Zaragoza

Del Rio Police Cpl. Roberto Zaragoza has finally won vindication, with help from CLEAT Staff Attorney Karl Brehm.

Zaragoza was terminated from employment by then-Chief James Von Debrow. Zaragoza had responded to a domestic violence call and assisted the victim of assault in the arrest of her attacker.

A month later, after the victim and suspect reconciled, Zaragoza was accused of improper contact during the ride to police headquarters after the suspected had been arrested.  Chief Debrow gave no regard to the fact the suspect was now telling the Del Rio Police that the suspect did not actually assault her.

The complainant gave a sworn statement the night of the attack that the suspect did assault her.  That fact was also attested to by the complainant’s mother who witnessed the attack and also gave a sworn statement that the suspect assaulted her daughter.

After the arbitration of Zaragoza’s case, the Hearing Examiner ordered Zaragoza returned to work with complete back pay and removal of all mention of the disciplinary history handed down Chief Debrow. Zaragoza was found to be truthful about what happened the night in question and the complainant was found to have been untruthful regarding her allegations against Zaragoza.

Cpl. Zaragoza is today back at work for the Del Rio Police Department and Chief Debow is not. Debrow was terminated after intense pressure from CLEAT and the local association from the employment of the Del Rio Police shortly after the Arbitration hearing on Zaragoza’s case.

Posted by December 23, 2014

HCSO detention officer reinstated, record expunged

Kanesha Randle and Cleat Attorney Bob Thomas

Kanesha Randle and Cleat Attorney Bob Thomas

Detention Officer Kanesha Randle of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is back on the job, thanks to the efforts of CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas.

She was reinstated after a recent evidentiary hearing conducted pursuant to the  HCSO appeal  procedure.  And the notice of the termination was reversed and expunged.

Posted by December 23, 2014

CLEAT wins back job for unfairly targeted Midland jail officer

Meredith Bennett

Meredith Bennett

The Midland County Sheriff tried his best to end Meredith Bennett’s law enforcement career early.  Bennett, a Midland County detention officer, was working her way through the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy when the Sheriff leveled outrageous and unfounded claims of criminal misconduct against her.

He gave her a dishonorable discharge on her TCOLE F5 report, based upon these alleged crimes.

“I honestly felt as if I had lost everything,” Bennett said.  “After receiving a dishonorable discharge on my F5, I went to talk to a CLEAT representative with Midland County, and he gave me attorney Jim Jopling’s card. I called him immediately, and right away we started working on my case. Read More »

Posted by December 22, 2014

CLEAT wins reinstatement for wrongly fired detention officer

Attorney Bobby Garcia and Officer Rene Montez.

Attorney Bobby Garcia and Officer Rene Montez.

When Hidalgo County Detention Officer Rene Montez was wrongly terminated by the Sheriff’s Office, he turned to CLEAT for help.

Staff Attorney Bobby Garcia took the case and appealed the termination to the Hidalgo County Civil Service Commission.

After an evidentiary hearing on Oct. 23,  the Civil Service Commission reinstated him to his former position with all benefits and seniority and awarded back pay. Another great example of CLEAT’s exceptional legal representation and commitment to our members.

Posted by November 19, 2014

First officer to use CLEAT phone app: ‘I can’t believe how well it worked’

Craig Driskell with Fort Worth Officer Lizzie Duemig.

Craig Driskell with Fort Worth Officer Lizzie Duemig.

Lizzie Duemig was just seven weeks out of the Fort Worth Police Academy when she found herself in the middle of her first critical incident over the summer.

It was a death-in-custody case, and even though Duemig had done nothing wrong, she decided to contact CLEAT just to be on the safe side.

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Posted by October 29, 2014

CLEAT’s critical incident class prepares officers for what to expect

Vince Wisely teaches "The Aftermath of a Critical Incident" class.

Vince Wisely teaches “The Aftermath of a Critical Incident” class.

CLEAT Staff Attorney Vince Wisely taught “The Aftermath of a Critical Incident” class to officers in Lubbock and Amarillo on Oct 28 and 29.

In light of recent high-profile critical incidents that gained widespread media attention, it is more important than ever for officers to be prepared in the event the find themselves involved in a controversial critical incident.

The four-hour course focuses on teaching officers what to expect, step by step, during a post-critical incident investigation. It prepares officers for both the administrative and criminal investigation they will face and the rights they have during these investigations. Read More »

Posted by October 29, 2014

CLEAT wins justice and honorable discharge for deputy constable

Former Galveston County Deputy Constable Chris Streeper, left, and CLEAT Staff  Attorney Bob Thomas.

Former Galveston County Deputy Constable Chris Streeper and CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas.

Staff Attorney Bob Thomas represented former Galveston County Pct. 7 Deputy Constable Chris Streeper in a contested evidentiary hearing regarding an unfavorable F-5 designation.

Deputy Streeper resigned from the Constable’s department in April, 2014. Last week, a state hearing examiner overturned the F-5 designation submitted by the Constable and ordered TCOLE to correct  the F-5 to an Honorable Discharge.

Posted by October 28, 2014

CLEAT wins light-duty assignment for mom-to-be officer

Bob Thomas and Samoan Scott

Bob Thomas and Samoan Scott

Houston Community College Police Officer Samoan Scott was denied a lightduty assignment even though she is five months pregnant and showing.

The Chief kept her on uniformed Patrol; issued her a shoulder holster to carry her weapon; told her she could wear her shirt out; and told her to buy dark stretch maternity pants and the department would reimburse her.

That didn’t seem right to CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob. Thomas. Read More »

Posted by October 7, 2014