Around the State
Around the State | 5/29/2017, 9:26 a.m.
(AP) – Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price will not be retried on tax-fraud charges that jurors were deadlocked on, a federal prosecutor has said.
U.S. Attorney John Parker announced his decision Friday. A jury acquitted Price of bribery and mail fraud charges, April 28. Jurors failed to reach a verdict on four tax-related counts.
Parker also said bribery-related charges against a Price political consultant, Kathy Nealy, will be dropped.
(AP) – A Black Texas congressman said Saturday that he’s been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump.
U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The seven-term Democrat said he won’t be deterred.
“We are not going to be intimidated,” Green said Saturday. “We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump.”
One male caller used a racial insult and threatened Green with “hanging from a tree” if he pursues impeachment. Another man left a message saying Green would be the one impeached after “a short trial” and then he would be hanged, according to the recording.
Green took to the House floor last Wednesday to say he believes Trump committed obstruction of justice and no one’s above the law.
Trump, a Republican, has dismissed criticism of his firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the agency’s investigation of possible links between Russia and Trump campaign associates.
Green said he wanted his constituents to be aware of the hateful calls he’s since received.
“When a person talks about lynching you, we think that’s a pretty serious threat,” said Green, a former president of the Houston branch of the NAACP, according to his congressional website.
(AP) – A video leaked to a television station shows a White Dallas-area police sergeant using a stun gun on a handcuffed Black suspect, returning the same police department to the spotlight just weeks after a White officer was charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager.
The video anonymously mailed to KDFW-TV shows a 2016 incident in which the unnamed Balch Springs sergeant shocks the handcuffed suspect and tells him not to pull away.
Department officials said in a statement Tuesday that outside agencies had reviewed the video, and a decision was made not to file criminal charges.
The leaked footage comes as the U.S. Department of Justice investigates possible civil rights issues related to the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards by a Balch Springs officer.
(AP) – Two police commanders in Texas have been demoted following an internal investigation into leaked body camera footage after a controversial arrest of a Black woman and her daughters by a Fort Worth police officer.
Lawyers for the two assistant chiefs tell KXAS-TV that the men met with Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald on Friday afternoon and were demoted to captains.