Police Assoc. Accuses Councilman of Breaking State Law in His Criticism of Police

In response to the open statement made by Councilman Victor Hernandez, The Lubbock Professional Police Association is concerned by the despicable nature in which Councilman Hernandez utilized social media as a platform to grandstand for his personal and political gain.

In this incident officers responded to the broadcast of a fellow officer in a dire situation, who had been severely injured. The LPPA understands the need for departmental review in all facets surrounding the case.  The Association supports the internal review of the incident, and we are confident in the thoroughness and impartiality of the review process.

The greater concern to the Association is Councilman Hernandez’s release of the information and the manner in which he did so.  The LPPA believes that Councilman Hernandez only had access to this information by virtue of his elected office and position as a PUBLIC SERVANT.  We are concerned that his release of such information is likely in violation of Article 39.06 of the Texas Penal Code, which is a Felony of the Third Degree. Councilman Hernandez released information via Facebook at approximately 11 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2015.  This is prior to any related release of information by the City of Lubbock.

Councilman Hernandez stated in his ill considered and untimely release, “I was equally saddened that the acts of a few Lubbock Police Officers have the potential of tainting the entire department.”  The LPPA believes that it is the inflammatory nature of Councilman Hernandez’s editorial comments that will taint the Lubbock Police Department, The City of Lubbock, and the citizens of Lubbock.  It is unfortunate that Councilman Hernandez would use an incident where a Police Officer was seriously injured in the line of duty for his personal and political gain.

The Lubbock Professional Police Association represents 330 Sworn Lubbock Police Officers.

(Press release from Lubbock Professional Police Association)