By now, you’ve heard about all the problems that are going on at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. If all the allegations that have been reported are true it appears the department and Sheriff Tommy Thomas are on a path of self destruction. Some of the allegations so far: deleting and withholding emails, deputies spying on plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit against the department, inmates dying after attacks from jailers, and now arresting innocent people including a Houston judge. Now comes this article from Houston Chronicle’s elusive Peggy O’hare. I was able to get this profile shot of the photo shy reporter several weeks ago. But now she reports a seargent in the department tried to intimidate a witness in a case just last (Friday) night. What do you think about all the problems at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office? Is the department on a path of self destruction?
By: Peggy O’Hare – A business owner said a Harris County Sheriff’s internal affairs officer intimidated him and tried to put words in his mouth while questioning him Friday about a friend who filed a civil rights lawsuit against the county.
Joe Burroughs of Katy said Sgt. C.A. Sandoval told him to appear at a sheriff’s office substation at 10 a.m. Monday to give a sworn statement about Lloyd Henderson, one of five people suing the county and Sheriff Tommy Thomas, alleging the law enforcement agency punishes people lodging civil rights complaints.
Burroughs said Sandoval insisted on getting an affidavit from him, though he said he has no facts about the incident prompting his friend’s lawsuit.
Henderson was thrown to the ground and handcuffed as deputies investigated a burglary at his computer shop Oct. 19, but later released without charges.
The arrest was captured on the shop’s security camera. Burroughs, whose Meineke business was next door to Henderson’s shop at the time, was not present when the incident occurred.
“They kept on and on — ‘Don’t you think Lloyd threatened that police officer?’ ” Burroughs said after Sandoval’s visit to his home Friday. “They wanted me to tell them he had a temper and that he told me he threatened that police officer.”
Henderson never made any such admission, Burroughs said.
Sandoval, when reached by phone at his office later Friday, appeared unmoved by Burroughs’ allegations.
“Really. Wow. Really? That’s really impressive,” Sandoval said before transferring the call to his supervisor, who declined to comment.
Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Martin said Burroughs’ description of the conversation does not match Sandoval’s recollection of the interview.
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