A preventable tragedy….One of our county’s own police supervisors did a really stupid thing a few days ago. He gave high speed chase to a couple on a motorcycle, rolling through several jurisdictions, all of whom were smart enough not to join in.
The problem with chasing someone with a passenger is that you might end up causing an accident with the runner and an innocent bystander/passenger gets injured, or like in this case, killed. Both parties on the motorcycle being chased by the county patrol deputy ended up in a wreck and both parties ended up dead. While the driver of the motorcycle had a previous run-in with the law and was free on bond for a DWI, the lady passenger had no such record and at last count, her grown children were having a garage sale to pay her burial expenses.
The sheriff’s deputy doing the chasing was a supervisor and should have had better sense–or at least better training.
The county will probably end up getting sued over the whole deal and will end up paying a bunch of money for a stupid mistake.
There are several lessons in this somewhere. Don’t accept a ride from someone who may have had previous trouble with the law and don’t even ride on a motorcycle, ever.
Additionally, this is what happens when the county has an inept sheriff who either has no idea how to run the department or is too lazy so he turns it over to a deputy who is too busy running for sheriff to train his supervisors or even mind the store.
I’m not saying the tragedy that ended the lives of these two people was totally the fault of the sheriff’s department. I’m saying that several people had a hand in it; the driver, the cop, and sadly, the lady who accepted a ride. All of these people share some of the blame for the incident.
But where law enforcement is involved, when things so wrong, they have a tendency to go very wrong.
The thirteenth juror……While attending a trial over in Richmond a couple of months ago, I was surprised to notice that a reserved sign had been placed on a seat on one of the front rows in Judge Jim Shoemake’s court. I’ve had reports that the same signage appears in Judge Cliff Vacek’s courtroom also.
It’s not unusual for certain sections to be reserved in some courtrooms. Sometimes, they are reserved for attorneys, AV equipment needed for the trial, even family members. However, when I learned the name of the person to whom the sign was for, I about fell over.
It was Karen Pearson, who is on about every other grand jury, has free and frequent access to the chambers of both of the judges previously mentioned, and is coincidentally, their campaign manager or has been in the past.
This is the same Karen Pearson who got into a fight with her boyfriend over money he claimed was either a loan or a gift, and she claimed was a theft. She ended up having the juice to get him arrested, brought back from Guam, tried, and now he is serving prison time for either the loan, gift, or theft.
In any case, I guess to get a reserved seat in a judge’s courtroom, and to get some extra law enforcement help, one has to be pretty tied in with the judicial system in Fort Bend County. It just goes to show that with all the bad grammar and other nasties that came out in the aforementioned trial, one can still get a much-coveted reserved seat if certain judges decree.
Since when do campaign managers get reserved seating?.