Union wants action after officers cleared

January 9, 2009 5:30:37 AM PST
A promise from the president of Houston Police Officers' Union is one step closer to becoming a reality. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

You'll remember Houstonian Marvin Driver, father of NFL star Donald Driver, accused Houston police officers of beating him until he was in critical condition at the hospital. It turns out those officers were cleared. And as we told you last week, HPOU President Gary Blankinship says he's going after anyone who filed a false report and now, the district attorney is listening.

Attorneys representing the three police officers have sent correspondence to Harris County DA Pat Lykos, asking her to open an investigation into possible perjury. A spokesperson for the HPOU says it would target anyone who gave false sworn statements.

This all comes after the three HPD officers were cleared of wrongdoing last month after Marvin Driver claims he was beaten outside his mother's home when officers stopped him for outstanding warrants.

The officers are now back on the job and the police officers' union says they are now the ones who feel beaten up.

"We want a fair shake," said Blankenship. "If someone's been wronged by a police officer and the officer did wrong, so be it. That's the world we live in and we'll strive to do better. But when officers are out there doing their jobs and are innocent of any wrongdoing and people who, like in this case, ex-convicts, who have grudges against the police, want to lie and make false statements under oath, I think they need to be held accountable."

We received a response from Marvin Driver through community activist Quanell X. Driver says his attorney told him not to comment on the possible perjury charges. However, he says he has no problem with the DA's office looking into this case because he's telling the truth.

Blankenship says they're not ruling out civil action.

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