To my friends who are Police Officers and Deputies,
One thing that is unquestioned in the self-imposed duties of the elected District Attorney is that he or she handle all Capital Murder charges where a member of law enforcement has been killed. Previous District Attorneys like Carol Vance, Johnny Holmes, and yes, even Chuck Rosenthal would drop whatever they were doing and go immediately to the crime scene or hospital when an officer was shot. They attended the funerals. Most importantly, they tried the case themselves.
Pat Lykos, despite being a former police officer, has done none of those things as District Attorney that I'm aware of.
The disconnect and disrespect that Lykos and her upper-echelon advisors have had with Law Enforcement has been shameful and it is no wonder that the Police Unions issued a vote of No Confidence in her. Her lack of interest in the Men and Women of the Police Agencies across Harris County is appalling. Her characterizing Police Unions as if they were "teamsters" adds insult to injury.
Judge Mike Anderson's respect for Law Enforcement is well established. Actually, the first time I ever had a lengthy conversation with Judge Anderson was when he was kind enough to give me a ride to the funeral of Harris County Sheriff's Homicide Detective Jim Hoffman. Jim had passed away after a long battle with cancer and it certainly wasn't a publicity event. Judge Anderson's attendance was a sign of respect that was genuine and sincere.
The Police Union's vote of No Confidence in Pat Lykos was well-deserved, but it loses its power if the men and women of the Union don't follow it up by getting to the polls and actually voting.
There are Early Voting locations all over the county, including the Administration Building Downtown. Last I looked, there was reserved street parking for law enforcement. Please take the time out to go vote. It takes less than fifteen minutes.
As citizens, you deserve better representation from your District Attorney's Office.
And as Law Enforcement Officers, you damn sure deserve its respect.