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Law enforcement should promote minorities

By Victoria Advocate
June 30, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

This letter is to remind Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor that we are now living in the year 2014 - not the '60s.

As per an article in the Victoria Advocate on May 6 announcing O'Connor's selection of Roy Boyd as his new chief deputy, while Boyd has an excellent reputation of being an outstanding law enforcement officer, he is not a minority.

That is what I question. Where are the minorities? This type of behavior cannot and must not be condoned.

Perhaps a trip to Selma, Ala., would be a wake-up call for not only Sheriff O'Connor but also our Victoria police chief.

Now, speaking of the police chief, who is now searching for an assistant police chief, it is my understanding that the police chief is down to three finalists. Two finalists are from Texas, and one is from out of state. What the chief needs to do is keep it local. Need I remind the chief and sheriff that we have plenty of qualified minorities?

Why get an assistant police chief with no knowledge as to how law enforcement functions in Victoria?

Keeping the selection hush-hush is not the answer.

Both of you leaders need to get your act together, or we will see you in federal court. Take my word for it.

If you do not take any action on this, then you will make us minorities of shame.

Art Alvarado, Victoria Vietnam Veterans, Victoria

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