CITY OF AUSTIN SUED FOR FORCING MARRIED COUPLE TO SEPARATE AGAINST THEIR WILL.
Updated: Mar 22, 2022
The City of Austin has been sued by an Austin Police detective and his wife for an inexplicable and shocking violation of their constitutional rights. Following a minor argument, the City issued a "No Contact Order", mandating that the officer would have no communication whatsoever with his wife—despite the fact that the couple shares a child and a home. In effect, the officer could be fired for communicating with his own wife. Texas law upholds the right to privacy and respects the sanctity of marriage, and an unwanted intrusion into a marriage is in no way supported by either state or federal law. The City refused the couple's multiple requests to rescind the order and is causing irreparable harm to the couple and to their child. This lawsuit seeks to have a judge quickly invalidate the City's overstep, and to penalize the City with monetary damages in hopes that it will not attempt to force marital separations and tear other families apart in the future. James Wood, Attorney for one of the parties says, "The City Attorney's office is about to have a rough day in court when an elected judge sees them acting like emperors—unilaterally separating families against their will and without concern for their constitutional rights."