Today’s Chronicles of Texas entry is brought to you by the letter Q. Why? Read on to find out.
Today is Tuesday, November 26, 2013 and The Zephyr Lounge proudly brings you not one, but two, tales of interest from the confounding hypocrisy that is Texas.
Part 1: To Protect and Service
You know, there are some cities in Texas that are tolerable, such as Denton, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. San Antonio, however, is not one of them. On top of the fact that San Antonians (I guess that’s the appropriate term) take the Alamo way too seriously, their police department had someone by the name of Jackie Len Neal patrolling the streets, and needless to say, this is one fucked up dude.
Officer Neal has been arrested for cuffing and raping a 19-year-old woman he pulled over Friday night under false pretenses that her vehicle was reported stolen. The woman showed him a sales slip for the car, but Neal insisted she exit the vehicle for a pat down search. When the victim requested a female officer perform the search, Neal went ahead and performed it anyway. He cuffed her and threw her into the backseat of his vehicle, where he proceeded to rape her. The ordeal lasted for, presumably, 18 minutes via his GPS, since his backseat camera was non-operational at the time.
This is apparently the third known accusation of sexual misconduct against Officer Jackie Len Neal.
Chief William McManus had this to say on the matter: “There is no such thing as consensual sex on duty. I feel silly even saying we won’t tolerate it. Of course we won’t tolerate it. There is no gray area. This is a criminal offense.” Yet, despite the brash words coming from the mouth of the Chief, the department has been pretty slow to act on the matter, given Neal’s history with a previous accusation of sexual assault against him and a 3-day suspension he received for fraternizing with an 18-year-old woman in a police educational program for teens interested in law enforcement careers.
I wish I could say I could see this as an isolated incident, but unfortunately, a lot of stories like this have popped up out of the woodwork recently. I’ve reported on some things here, but with that there have been incidents in large cities like Houston, small towns like Leander, but hell, the problem of police officers abusing their power and abusing townspeople is a nationwide affair. According to The Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, 2010 Quarterly Q3 Report, there are nearly twice as many reports of sexual misconduct by police in America than there by the general public.
The more you know.
Part 2: I Fought the Law and the… Law is Kind of Winning
I want you all to meet Texas Rep. Drew Darby.
State Rep. Drew Darby is a Republican and, since 2007, has represented Texas’ 72nd District. Darby is also an avid firearms enthusiast, fiercely attacking any piece of gun legislation that is even rumored to be true (not verified, but this dude seems like the type who would).
So, here’s the deal. Earlier this month, State Rep. Drew Darby was arrested earlier this month when he tried to get past security at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport with a .38-caliber Ruger and a magazine containing six rounds of ammunition. Now, he’s facing felony weapons charges for taking a weapon into a prohibited area. Darby released a statement that he regretted the incident, claiming that he forgot his gun was in his bag.
Of course, he did.