CITY OF HOUSTON FACES FEDERAL LAWSUIT FOR FORCING AN OFFICER TO SEPARATE FROM HIS FAMILY
The City of Houston has been sued by a Houston Police Officer for a distressing and inexcusable violation of his constitutional rights. The City issued a "No Contact Order," mandating that the officer would have no communication whatsoever with his wife—despite having a home and son together. An experienced and accomplished officer could be fired for communicating with his own family. Texas law upholds the right to privacy and respects the sanctity of marriage. An intrusion into a marriage, such as this, is in no way supported by either state or federal law. The City refused the officer's request to rescind the order and is causing irreparable damage to his young son — who has not seen his father for 108 days and counting. This federal lawsuit seeks to have a judge quickly negate the City's overstep and to penalize the City with monetary damages in hopes that they will not attempt to force familial separations on others in the future.
James Wood, Attorney for the Plaintiff, says, "On the coattails of our recent win against the City of Austin for another strikingly similar No-Contact Order, I am confident that the City of Houston will be held accountable for this indefensible violation of constitutional rights."