Advocates Push District Attorney to “No Call” Biased Cops

December 4, 2019
Austin Chronicle

n a public letter released just before Thanksgiving, several local criminal justice reform groups asked Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore to implement a “No Call" policy for officers who've “committed perjury and other acts of grave misconduct.

The letter notes, these officers "cannot be relied upon to tell the truth on the stand or in any documents that impact a person’s liberty.”

Citing the cases of Austin police officers Robert Pfaff and Donald Petraitis – who were fired and prosecuted (but not convicted) for unnecessarily tasing Quentin Perkins and then lying about it – the groups request that Moore follow the example of other US prosecutors and maintain a list of officers shown to be “biased” or “untrustworthy” or who have engaged in unlawful actions, and thus ineligible to be used as witnesses or in bringing charges.