Tuesday could be do or die for a bill designed to keep police officers’ behavior on the record forever in Houston and around the state of Texas.
State Representative Borris Miles will hold a hearing on the proposed law (HB 270) that would require police departments to retain all complaints filed against police officers indefinitely.
Those records would also be subject to open records for the media and the public.
It was last month when Miles says none of the community activists in Houston attended a previous hearing on the civilian review board.
The lawmaker says it was a bill they demanded in Houston but when the time came to show up all the activists were a no show.
But now Quanell X tells the Factor he is now heading to that hearing in Austin Tuesday to support HB 270.
He also says he would like to see more activists get involved in this effort to hold police officers accountable in the state of Texas.
The civilian review board became a big issue in Houston after the beating of Chad Holley at the hands of Houston police officers.
The Factor will keep you updated on this issue and the hearing.
More Info on bill:
Recently, the relationship between law enforcement and the public has grown increasingly tense. When citizens file complaints, many do not trust that the department will react appropriately to the complaint or follow a transparent protocol designed to properly retain complaints. Currently, there is no standardized policy on the retention of complaints made against police officers or whether complaints are publicly available. Some political subdivisions keep open records and retain all complaints. Other political subdivisions, because of labor agreements, handle complaints behind a veil of secrecy.
CSHB 270 addresses these issues by requiring complaints against police officers alleging official oppression be retained by their employer and subject to public information until five years after the officer has ended employment with the department. Once five years elapse from the officer’s end of employment with a department, the complaints may be reduced to an abstract and retained indefinitely.
CSHB 270 differs from the introduced version of HB 270 by removing the bracket so that the bill applies statewide. The bill now requires complaints to be retained until five years after an officer has ended employment with a department. After five years elapse from the officer’s end of employment, complaints will be reduced to an abstract and retained indefinitely.