Call for Investigation in H.C. Sheriff’s Office

Some state lawmakers are calling for an independent
investigation of the Harris County Sheriff’s office.

At question is the surveillance activity of the department.

Capella Tucker reports.

The case involves two brothers who sued the Harris County Sherrif’s
office in 2004 over civil rights violations.

Earlier this year, the department settled the case two weeks into the trial.

The two brothers received one-point-seven million dollars.
The sheriff’s office has confirmed the Erik Ibarra
and his brother were under surveillance last fall leading up to the trial.

“You know they followed us for five or six hours for three days; one minute would have been one minute too much.”

State Senator Rodney Ellis is asking the state attorney general to investigate.

“The government does not have a right, in my judgement, based on the appearance of this case, to put citizens under surveillance when they have filled a civil lawsuit. If there was some concern, some reasonable allegation, that these gentlemen were involved in some criminal activity, that is a separate issue, and then the sheriff’s department should come forward and make that public.”

The Harris County Sheriff’s office is not commenting.
As of Monday afternoon the state attorney general’s office
said they had not received the letter.

Capella Tucker, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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