Was It Wrong for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to Call the Allen Police Department About A Relative That Was Arrested? [POLL]
On Wednesday we learned that a relative of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was arrested on August 3rd. Dewhurst called the Allen Police Department asking what he could do to get her out of jail. According to the Texas Tribune, Dewhurst referred to himself several times as the Lieutenant Governor.
In an Aug. 3 recording originally released by police to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate, NBC-DFW, Dewhurst identifies himself as the lieutenant governor and requests to speak to the police station’s “most senior police officer you have there right now.” He tells a police sergeant that his step-sister’s daughter-in-law, Ellen Bevers, is a schoolteacher and “the sweetest woman in the world,” and says he’s sure she has been incarcerated on a “mistaken charge.”
“If you would explain to me sergeant what I need to do to arrange for getting her out of jail this evening so that you can proceed with whatever you think … that is proper,” Dewhurst says. “I’ve known this lady for 30 years of my life.”
After Dewhurst says that he is going to have Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw call to confirm his identity, he goes on to explain that he is a supporter of law enforcement in the state.
“Sergeant, you don’t know me,” he says. “I am every year the No. 1 pick of all of the law enforcement agencies within Texas, the No. 1 pick. I’m a supporter of you, and everyone in law enforcement. I want you to do whatever is the proper thing.”
No one is claiming that Dewhurst broke the law, but many agree that he did attempt to use his position to influence the situation. Would you have done any different though? Was it wrong for Dewhurst to get involved?