Authorities call in Texas Rangers to review arrests
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
After hearing unofficial comments from some community members but receiving no official written complaints about the arrest of eight persons made in Crockett Sunday, Jan. 13, Crockett Police Chief David W. Cross has called in the Texas Rangers. On Thursday, Jan. 17, Cross issued a press release stating, "We have not officially received any written complaints at our office in reference to the arrest of several individuals at Whataburger and Fowler's" by the Crockett Police Department, the Grapeland Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff's Office during the early morning hours of Jan. 13. "But we have heard some unofficial comments from people in the community about the arrests," Cross stated. "Therefore, we have taken a proactive approach to maintain a high level of transparency and called in the Texas Rangers to look into the arrests to ensure that proper procedures were followed." Sunday's arrests came after a series of incidents that began at Margie's Club and ended with the temporary closure of Whataburger while law enforcement officials tried to disperse/control an unruly crowd there. One officer reportedly was struck in the face and another was bit on his hand during the fracas. "We want the community to know that our officers will continue to work hard each day and night to protect all the citizens of Crockett." Cross stated. "We welcome any written questions or complaints regarding these incidents and will forward them to the Texas Rangers to include in their investigation. "We cannot comment further at this time due to the ongoing investigation by the Rangers. We will have further comments at the conclusion of the investigation."