TMPA and other law enforcement groups demand apology from state lawmaker

Austin, Texas – The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) demands a public apology from State Representative Garnet Coleman after the legislator made allegations of being disrespected and “treated like a child” during a traffic stop on July 14 in Austin County.

TMPA has spoken with the presidents of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, Dallas Police Association, and Harris County Deputies’ Organization, all whom are equally outraged by Chairman Coleman’s allegations.

Last Thursday, Representative Coleman, a Houston Democrat, made remarks during a Committee on County Affairs hearing in regards to his July 14 traffic stop on I-10 by a deputy with the Austin County Sheriff’s Office. “He was so rude and nasty. Even when he found out I was a legislator, he became more rude and nasty. And I didn’t understand why this guy was continuing to go on and on and treat me like a child. And basically like I’m saying is treat me like a boy. I want to be very clear about that,” Coleman stated.

This statement conflicts with the video captured by the deputy’s dash camera. Austin County’s Sheriff’s Office released the video to refute Coleman’s statements. TMPA Board of Directors President Heath Wester condemned the attacks made by the legislator:

President Wester: “TMPA is outraged that such a manufactured claim would be made by an elected official, during official business, particularly as he is the Chairman of the Committee on County Affairs.”

Established in 1950, the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) is the voice of Texas law enforcement. As the largest law enforcement association in Texas, TMPA is proud to represent more than 22,000 law enforcement officers throughout the state. Focused on protecting those who serve, TMPA is committed to providing unmatched legal protection, dependable member support, affordable training and effective lobbying at state and local levels.

Press Release submitted by Heath Wester, President, Texas Municipal Police Association