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IMPORTANT NOTE RE: CITY OF TEMPLE AND THE PD
CJ just called and asked me to convey this message to you since he has stepped back for a few days to focus on his wife and children.
He asks that you please take a break from calling the police department, emailing them, and also from doing the same to the city of Temple officials.
The case and charges are currently in the hands of Bell county. The city and PD have no say in the forwarding of the criminal case against CJ and although he really appreciates all the support he has gotten, the more people call and email to express their displeasure of the treatment of CJ, it is escalating ill will and causing the prosecutor, who has total control of this case at this point, to dig in his heels. He loses nothing if he loses this case if it goes to trial, but the community of Temple, which CJ loves, has to deal with the well-meaning intentions of thousands of strangers, who are obviously irate over the treatment of CJ.
I will be contacting the authors of the bigger online news stories to ask that those who want to call, please, if you are from the state of Texas, call your legislators instead and ask that legislation be passed to hold police accountable for civil rights violations, like the state of Missouri does, which can withhold state funds for departments found in violation of their statutes. Otherwise, please refrain from contacting the Temple PD because at this point, it is out of their hands. They are obviously aware that there may be an issue with an officer or two who need to be more aware of the rights of citizens who are not breaking any laws, but the continuous onslaught of their phone lines and email accounts is counterproductive at this point.
Thank you all so much for your support of CJ and he loves seeing that there are so many Americans who know their rights and we all support each other to maintain free exercise and protection of all Constitutionally protected civil rights!