Law Review

Wrongly fired officer in Temple reinstated with CLEAT’s help

Casey  Bales and Craig Driskell

Officer Bales and Craig Driskell

A Temple police officer who intervened to protect civilians from being spat on by an unruly shoplifting suspect was awarded his job back after an arbitration hearing.

The officer, Casey Bales, was represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Craig Driskell. Bales was called to a department store in May 2013 to assist a fellow officer who had been assaulted by the suspect. Once the suspect was subdued, handcuffed and detained in the store’s loss-prevention office, the suspect spit several times and used abusive language toward those present.

The incident was recorded by security video. Read More »

Posted by April 6, 2015

Another legal victory for CLEAT in Harris County

Demetria Price and Bob Thomas

Demetria Price and Bob Thomas

Harris County Detention Officer Demetria Price was recently represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas in an appeal hearing in the civil service appellate system.

After the contested hearing, the one day suspension without pay of Officer Price was reversed and expunged.

Posted by March 4, 2015

CLEAT wins suspension reversal for Harris County sergeant

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Bob Thomas and Sgt. Patrick Lorenz

Harris County Detention Sgt Patrick Lorenz was recently represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas in an appeal hearing in the civil service appellate system.

After the contested hearing, the three day suspension without pay of Sgt. Lorenz was reversed and expunged.

 

Posted by February 17, 2015

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.

Read More »

Posted by October 29, 2014