By Katy Satterfield Houston police have not said if they will pursue the charges against the lawyer who filed a lawsuit against Houston for failing to provide the body camera video that captured the deadly crash.
Houston’s Department of Public Safety declined to comment on the case.
The city settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the attorney for two of the victims of the crash.
The lawsuit alleged that the city failed to provide her with video of the incident, including the car’s speed, which she said was recorded by the driver of the vehicle.
In the lawsuit, the attorney also alleged that Houston was not forthcoming about her findings.
“In my view, this is not the way to handle these issues,” said Houston attorney Stephen Brown.
Brown is representing the attorney who filed the lawsuit.
He said the city’s lack of transparency has resulted in lawsuits that he said are not necessary and should be dropped.
I don’t think that the City of Houston has a duty to protect the public, said Brown, a former police chief and city prosecutor.
He added that the attorneys position has no legal merit.
For now, Houston has asked a federal judge to rule whether the city can compel the city to provide Brown with the body cam video.
It is unclear how long that will take.
While the case is still in the preliminary stages, Brown said he is hopeful that the lawsuit will ultimately succeed.
But he said that a judge is not a good representative of the public.
We’re in this to win, Brown added.
Houston has faced a slew of lawsuits over the last several years in the wake of fatal accidents involving police officers.
At least 20 officers have been charged with perjury, false swearing, assault, battery and obstruction of justice since 2011.
On Feb. 11, a jury convicted four police officers in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who was attempting to run from police.
As part of the settlement, Brown has agreed to pay the attorney $4.5 million in compensatory damages.