To the editor:
I am writing regarding last Tuesday’s story about the “rioting” arrests at the wedding party at the El Coahuila club last Saturday. For me, the article raised more questions than it answered.
1. What was the legal basis and purpose of the “walk-through” that led to the arrests? (Sheriff Grubbs called it a “routine inspection,” but what were they “inspecting?”
2. Grubbs is also quoted saying “they (deputies) didn’t know it was a wedding celebration.” Did they make any effort to find out? Was there a language barrier? Would they have acted any differently if they had known it was a wedding party?
3. What was the exact role and responsibility of Paul Morgan of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in this incident? Why was he there in the first place?
4. Is Taser use in crowded club considered safe and acceptable use of this weapon?
5. Was any apology or other official response given to the 17-year-old girl who was accidentally Tased?
Since the Bulletin has neither the staff nor the stomach for investigative reporting, perhaps the Sheriff’s department will answer these questions. I am sure I am not the only one asking them. Such a small gesture could go a long way toward a defusing the ill will, scorn, and disrespect toward law enforcement generated by this incident.
Without answers to these questions, it appears that the deputies’ poor judgment exceeded the groom’s. And any time the “peace officers” become disturbers of the peace themselves, whether intentionally, or through poor judgment or poor leadership, the rule of law itself is in danger.