Officer finds he’s guilty until proven innocent
By 12/07/2000 00:00:00
Special to the Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY - This month holds a special anniversary date for me. Dec. 7 is an historic date with two different memories.
The first one is the remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the second is the remembrance on the attack of my reputation, character and freedom.
Five years ago, this Dec. 7, I found myself in a nightmare situation that I could have never prepared for. After 13 years of being a 'good guy,' I found myself being accused of being a criminal.
I discovered in Ellis County no person is guaranteed his presumption of innocence. I found politics can and do interfere with individuals' constitutional rights, and that there is no chance at a fair trial in Ellis County.
I watched as police officers, judges, attorneys and county officials all turned their backs on their oaths of office. It took me 13 years as a cop to witness any action by the 'good guys' I could call criminal.
Never in my career had I ever seen any officer or official engage in conduct that was questionable. In this case however, there was plenty 'questionable conduct' to go around.
I had always believed the system, no matter how flawed, was still the best system. The one thing I never considered was whether the people in the system were true to their oaths. I had never witnessed a police officer commit perjury.
In 13 years, I had never committed perjury, falsified reports nor failed to enforce the law fairly and equally. For most of my adult life, I had served this county with pride.
Then one day, based on the word of a perjurous, manipulative, thieving drug addict, I was arrested and charged with a crime I didn't commit. I stood by patiently as our local officials and law enforcement officers manipulated the facts, fabricated evidence and perjured themselves in court. I watched as elected officials engaged in illegal conduct in an effort to further their objectives and then lied about it.
It took me a few years to gather the evidence I needed to clear my name. It wasn't easy. There were many obstacles.
In the end, I believed I had successfully gathered enough to convince the district attorney's office of my innocence. I had not, however, considered the fact the district attorney would not be interested in the 'pursuit of justice' as he is charged by law. I never considered the district attorney and his assistants would be willing to hide the truth. Who could have thought someone charged with upholding the law would conspire to hide the truth.
There is so much to tell. I am only grateful the Ellis County Press has been gracious enough to allow me the time and space to tell it. I believe every person who lives in Ellis County deserves to know about all the facts of this story and I can't wait to tell them.
I will tell the truth about all the facts of this twisted miscarriage of justice, and I challenge all involved to do the same.
I have nothing to hide or lose by telling the truth. Other parties involved, however, cannot say the same. All parties involved in this case know the truth. For some reason, they have chosen not to concern themselves with truth, justice or what is right.
I trust when you read subsequent articles you will do so objectively. Do not take my word for it. Review the facts and statements of the persons involved. Look at the evidence and question the persons involved, and then make up your own mind.
Then ask yourself: 'Could this happen to me?'