Hearne Declines Request to Release Video of Mayor's Incident With Police

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

His run-in with the law is causing quite a stir in Hearne, and there are still unanswered questions about Mayor Milton Johnson's incident with police.

News 3 has learned that Johnson yelled expletives at officers for pulling him over for running a stop sign, and we're told that conversation is on tape.

News 3 filed a Freedom of Information Request Monday with the City Attorney in Hearne to get a copy of the dash cam video. Thursday, we received a response from City Attorney, Bryan Russ.

In a letter faxed to News 3,

Russ says, "The information you have requested is exempt from public disclosure pursuant to section 552.101, section 552.103, and section 552.108 of the Texas Open Records Act. Therefore my office cannot provide you with the information you have requested. Because in my opinion, the law is clear and free from ambiguity on this point, my office will not be seeking an opinion from the Texas Attorney General."

News 3 has decided to take this a step further. We're in the process of filing a complaint with the Texas Attorney General's Office. We have also partnered with The Eagle in effort to obtain a copy of the dash cam video.

Mayor Milton Johnson pleaded no contest Wednesday to disorderly conduct and failure to identify. He received 90 days deferred adjudication, plus a $200 fine for each charge.

The Robertson County District Attorney decided not to prosecute any serious charges.

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