Citizens reacted strongly to the announcement that Angela West, wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen West, wasn’t intoxicated despite being arrested for driving while intoxicated. While questions remain about who else may have been wrongfully arrested by Dallas police, city council members are largely silent, including Adam Bazaldua, who previously positioned himself as a champion of black Americans last year.
Last week, Angela West was vindicated after her attorney announced the Dallas Police Department’s blood test found no trace of drugs or alcohol. Officer Lydia Harris arrested her on August 20 for driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years old (West’s then 3-month-old grandchild was in the car).
After reviewing the evidence, Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot (D) refused to prosecute the case.
Mrs. West made several allegations to Texas Scorecard, including what was left out of the edited video of her arrest, and said she was denied her request to speak with a lawyer and pressured to say she hadn’t been around anyone with COVID–19 recently. When asked about these allegations, DPD said the video that was “nearly two hours” long was “edited,” and that “some of the dead space you hear in the shorten[ed] version were redactions required by law.”
Texas Scorecard sent inquiries to every member of the Dallas City Council and Mayor Eric Johnson’s office about the situation. Among other questions, Texas Scorecard inquired about whether they had asked DPD Chief Eddie Garcia for a full review of DPD processes and procedures in these matters, and if it’s known how many citizens have been wrongly arrested for DWI. Only Councilmember Jaynie Schultz replied before publication. “No comment. Thank you.”
While Dallas officials are largely silent about the West arrest, citizens are not.
“I’m not a police officer, but when I originally watched
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