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    Thumbs up HPD chied backs his officers in pursuing civil suit against citizens who filed a false complaint

    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston police officers say they're strongly considering legal action against a man who said he was beaten during an arrest. And on Thursday, the police chief said those officers have his support.

    The case centers around allegations from a suspect arrested back in November. Marvin Driver, father of NFL star Donald Driver, said he was beaten by HPD officers. But an internal investigation found no wrongdoing by the officers.

    Police union officials met with Houston Police Department Chief Harold Hurtt on Wednesday about a possible course of action, which might include a lawsuit against Marvin Driver, as well as some others in this case.

    Marvin Driver claims he was beaten by three Houston police officers after being arrested on outstanding warrants. Those officers were clearend afte a six-week internal investigation.

    HPD investigators concluded there wasn't enough evidence to substantiate those allegations. The Harris County DA's office is now investigating Driver and others for perjury. It could be months, if not longer before the case goes to a grand jury.

    While Chief Hurtt stopped short of saying he was angry at citizens who make false accusations against police, he did say it's a waste of time and creates ill feelings between the community and the police department. He believes the officers in this case have a right to protect their reputations.

    "I think the officers have the same civil rights just like everyone else and if they wanted to use that method and feel they've been wronged by people within the general public, I certainly support their right to do so," said Chief Hurtt.

    With regards to a possible lawsuit, Houston Police Officers Union President Gary Blankenship told us, "The union is prepared to devote all of its resources to vindicating the names and reputations of these officers who were falsely accused and will hold accountable those who defamed these officers."

    Community activist Quanell X responded by saying, "If they are going to file a lawsuit, I have no problem responding if I am named in it. Doing so now would be premature."
    Quanell X will be named in the lawasuit because he filed a formal complaint citing police brutality. Keep in mind he was not present, and was only acting on what Driver told him.

    IMO this is awesome. It seems like chief's sometimes lose touch with their people, and Hurtt is backing up his officers if they want to pursue these scumbags.
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    I agree it is awesome, it's about time people were held accountable for bogus accusations.

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    That 's great. I believe anyone who files a false report should be charged and open to civil suit. I applaud Chief Hurtt for doing what a chief should do , namely standing by your officers when their right just as you would hold them accountable when they screw up.

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    is he hiring it would be a nice change to have the administration backing instead of worring about petty things.

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    Good for those officers and kudos to the chief for backing them. I would hope the city helps with legal council too, even if that is for no more than advice.
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    the only way we can stop the b.s. claims is if its false take em to court it's high time we fight fire with fire
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack View Post
    I agree it is awesome, it's about time people were held accountable for bogus accusations.
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