HOUSTON (AP) - The lawyer for two brothers who won a
million-dollar settlement in a lawsuit against the Harris County
Sheriff's Department is now seeking federal supervision of the
Attorney Lloyd Kelley filed a lawsuit that also seeks
unspecified punitive damages, alleging that the sheriff's
department abuses its power by retaliating against citizens who
file complaints about the department's conduct.
Kelley mentioned specific instances in which he believes the
sheriff's office retaliated against citizens.
A sheriff's department spokesman said all the incidents were
investigated appropriately. He would not discuss any of them
Kelley pointed to the case involving brothers Sean Carlos Ibarra
and Erik Adam Ibarra, who recently received a $1.7 million from the
county to settle their civil rights lawsuit.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the sheriff's office
spied on the brothers while their lawsuit was pending. The
department acknowledged that two investigators spied on the
brothers for up to six hours in October.
The two brothers claimed they were wrongfully arrested by
sheriff's deputies after photographing and videotaping the officers
during a 2002 drug raid at a neighbor's home.