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Jim Casey

I'm going to cut to the chase here:

Peace officers are authorized by the state to maintain public order and enforce the law.

In that role, they undergo quite a bit of training. If they screw up—and they sometimes do—they are subject to penalties that can include prison time.

HOWEVER, as my father taught me decades ago, when a police officer tells you to do something (that is not expressly illegal or immoral), you do it. If you don't like it, you get a lawyer and go to court later.

The amount of sympathy that I have for a group of fine young gentlemen who may have been too well acquainted with the fruit of the vine, the barley plant, the agave, or the potato, is the dictionary definition of zero.

- Jim

Chris Gimenez

Well, you certainly fit the fit the definition of a sheeple. If someone doesn't ask "How high?" when the popo says to "Jump!" then they should be assaulted, beaten, tased, and falsely charged. Cool.

Don Ciaccio

They are not authorized for brutal attacks on citizens which is definitely the case here.

Jim Casey

It is not definitely the case.That is why the judge sent the complaint to trial.

Have a great day on God's good earth.

Miss Priss

What does the hotel management testify to the night this took place? At some point they had to be involved and have some responsibility.

What involvement did the hotel security play? What were their observations of the way the police handled the matter?


Galveston County Police Officers and Firemen are my heroes! Only people I know who when others are running away from AK 47 gun fire, and large buildings burning.....they are running toward the danger. Ready to get shot at or to run into a burning building to save a human or sometimes an animal.
When I look at the kind of world we live in now, I shiver to think about what it would be like here without them.
Now I say give the police the same consideration constituents expect! All I could hear concerning police forcing riotous patrons off the Strand during Mardi Gras recently, was "It was not me!" "It was those other people!" "They got the wrong man!"
Okay, then why are people in that bar incident saying POLICE did this and that? What POLICE, did what? What was his badge number? Did he/she have a name tag on? Can you describe him or here to the court. Was it ALL the police who committed what was thought to be wrongs to those on the scene, or just one,...two....or three?
Sounds like double standards to me! I'm just saying.......

Steve Fouga

I am nothing but impressed by the quality of police work in Galveston since I moved here -- December of 2011.

I hope justice is served in this case. By that I mean that no officer is wrongly found guilty of excessive force; that any officers who may have stretched the Department's standards of proper use of force are scared straight by this case and are able to continue in a productive career with the Department; and that any citizens whose rights were violated are appropriately compensated.

I trust that by now the Department has examined and revised whichever processes led to 34 officers being dispatched to a bar brawl. "One riot, one ranger" obviously isn't the answer, but surely it doesn't take 34.

Island Lover

This happened right after Ike. The city was still under curfew, so only those staying at the hotel were supposed to be out. There were so many police because they just came from a shooting near the shelter at Alamo school. The police had been working 24-7 since before the hurricane. I don't know what happened, I wasn't there, but tensions must have understandably high, considering what this island went through.

Mike Leahy

Over the years, I have had both good and bad experiences with the GPD and have heard both good and bad stories about them as well. But, for me, it is worth noting that one of the best interactions I have ever had with a police officer was with the man who is currently Chief of Police: Henry Porretto. I am aware he was not Chief at the time of this incident but, he lends credibility to all the GPD does, at least for me.

The never ending news stories of some very bad behavior by the New Orleans police Dept in the days immediately after Hurricane Katrina, stories that continue in the news even after all this time, may well contribute to the perception that the GPD behaved out-of-control and with unnecessary violence in the San Luis bar incident. But it is worth considering the long, violent and corrupt history of the New Orleans police, and the extraordinary chaos and anarchy of New Orleans in the days after Katrina are in no way comparable to the Galveston police or to the post-Ike conditions in Galveston

I don't know whether the GPD screwed up much here but, I will not assume, for any reason, that they are solely responsible for this mini "riot". That will need to be proven by facts presented in court.


Wow why have a trial, the judge seems to have everything worked out already. I don't go to family functions anymore because when the alcohol is flowing GOD help the police in trying to deal much less show up and arrest a family member. All you could hear is "It's Ok, it's OK, their OK" over and over. Never ends well when dealing with people who have been drinking, especially when some of the people think they are special or above the law. They should have tested everyone that was arrested bet there was more than alcohol involved. If the under 21 was not drinking and these were responsible people this would not have taken place.

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