Jan. 20, 2013
TEXAS CITY - An arbitration hearing continues in Texas City for a police officer fired by Police Chief Robert Burby for alleged misconduct involving a female police officer while the two were on duty in 2011.
Darren A. Allen, 29, was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass Habitation and Assault Causing Bodily Injury after officer Eulalia Irene Authorlee, 41, complained to authorities he followed her home after the two has responded to a police call together.
Authorlee alleged she and Allen became engaged in a confrontation during which he twisted her arm behind her back causing the injury.
Arbitrator Diane Massey (L) hears evidence CLEAT Attorney Bob Thomas listens
and will make final ruling Arbitrator Massey delivers a ruling.
There were other allegations by Authorlee which led to the arrest and termination from the police department of Darren Allen. All the criminal charges against him were dismissed by the Galveston County District Attorney after lawyers for Allen presented information attacking the creditability of Officer Authorlee.
In preparation for the administrative arbitration, now underway, CLEAT Attorney Bob Thomas said he conducted numerous Texas Public Information Requests regarding officer Authorlee and vertified she is a former jailer for the Houston Police Department and received a Deferred Adjudication sentence after being charged with Misdemeanor Theft in Harris County. Thomas said his investigation also revealed she had been arrested for Driving While her License was Suspended, a charge that was later dismissed. It was also brought out in testimony that Authorlee and three others, working as security at The Front Door Club, were fired from there when the owner became suspicious they were taking money from customers to let them through the back door, rather than paying the cover charge to enter.
Thomas complained to the Texas City Police Officer's Association that the results of his investigation was turned over to Police Chief Burby but neither Burby nor his investigators ever followed up with an investigation, but instead proceeded with charges against Allen.
During the hearing Saturday Attorney Thomas asked Chief Burby why he decided to fire Allen rather than assess a number of days off without pay as he had in the case of a previous officer guilty of dating a woman whose brother was a known gang member and whose letter of suspension was later removed from his file. Burby replied he had lost confidence in Allen and felt he had defiled the public trust by some of his actions.
Attorney Thomas is representing Allen on behalf of CLEAT (the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas) one of the largest police associations in Texas, of which Allen and others in the Texas City Police Department are members.
The hearing will resume February 8th in the Nessler Center in Texas City.
In this photo lawyers for both sides view a video of Officer Allen being questioned by a polygraph operator investigating the charges against him by Officer Authorlee. Attorney Thomas challenged Chief Burby and investigators for administering a polygraph (lie detector) test to Allen and not to Authorlee.