I got a call from Waller County Constable Herschel Smith Tuesday evening and he was so enraged his voice was shaking.
The elected law enforcement official said deputy Constables from Precinct Five in Harris County pulled him over on what he called a felony stop.
Smith says that means the deputies had their guns drawn on him while also placing him in handcuffs on Beltway 8 near Memorial just after 6 pm.
The Constable says he was given no courtesy even though he had on his Constable’s uniform and identified himself as such.
So why was he pulled over? Smith says he was in his county vehicle when he flashed his lights at a speeding driver on the highway.
Smith says that driver called the cops and said a suspicious man was following him.
That driver allegedly told the police Smith also flashed his gun at him which Smith denies.
Smith, who says the driver was White, was given more credibility than he was.
In an angry voice he also said even while clearly identifying himself as law enforcement all the deputies saw was a Black man.
The Constable said the deputies had at least four weapons drawn on him including a high powered rifle.
Smith was eventually released but is now demanding a full investigation.
I placed a call to Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s office and a spokesman said they’re still trying to figure out what happened.
Jeff McShan says the driver called 911 and said the Constable pointed a gun at him.
However, McShan says the incident is now under investigation.
There is also a press conference schedule to held in Harris County tomorrow. See release below:
If “Blue Lives Matter” what about mine?
Yesterday I, the Waller County Precinct Three Constable, having served almost two full terms of elected office, was pulled over by Harris County law enforcement and handcuffed. Detained, because “they said” someone reported that I pointed a gun on them while driving.
As the arresting officer approached, I was in full “Blue” uniform, with my badge in clear view. I was followed and detained by six vehicles of police support. I was in my “blue” uniform.
This stop happened at Beltway 8 and Memorial around 6:30pm in Houston Texas and was supervised by Harris County Constable’s Office from Precinct Five.
I am demanding a full accounting of my unlawful detention and a full apology from the officers involved. Including their immediate supervisor.
I am also calling for the arrest and prosecution of the individual who made a false police report.
If “Blue Lives Matter” what about mine?
I will be having a press conference at 17423 Katy Freeway at the Headquarters of the Harris County Constable for Precinct 5 on Wednesday August 19, 2020.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of Deputy Juan Menchaca, who died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with COVID-19.
Deputy Menchaca, 70, had been hospitalized for several weeks after contracting COVID-19. He was a 14-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and was most recently assigned to the courts division. He began his law enforcement career with the Nacogdoches Police Department, and he previously served 18 years as a Texas parole officer.
“Deputy Menchaca was a beloved member of our Harris County Sheriff’s Office family, and he will be terribly missed by all of us who had the honor of knowing him,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “I ask the entire community to lift up Deputy Menchaca, his wife, Melissa, and their entire family in their prayers. I also ask that we all honor him by continuing to do our part to stop the spread of this terrible virus.”
Deputy Menchaca and his wife had seven children.
He is the second Sheriff’s Office employee to die after contracting COVID-19. Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski died of the virus on May 6.
The number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for coronavirus during the pandemic stands at 332. Of those, 15 are currently hospitalized and 254 have recovered.
Funeral arrangements for Deputy Menchaca are pending.
The Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office is distributing masks and gloves to the public at the below listed times and locations. Please share this information with your audiences so they can better protect themselves from COVID-19.
Constable Alan Rosen is working to ensure that those without the ability to purchase these precious resources for themselves will still have access to them.
“No one should go without in the middle of a pandemic,” said Constable Rosen. “Our Community Outreach team is working diligently day and night to find these resources and get them into the hands of those who need them most. We’ve been doing so for the past two weeks.”
The first 100 vehicles will be served at each location.
Effective Monday, April 27, masks are legally required in Harris County per an executive order signed today by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. The order expires after 30 days. There is a $1000 fine which can be associated with violation of the order.