Liberty Dispatch has decided to respond to questions about what has happened to this area’s longtime TDPS Game Warden Danny Diaz rather than be guilty of the kind of selective reporting much of the Liberty County media is guilty of and in order to make sure we are not part of a cover up because there are Republicans involved. The following are the alleged circumstances as we understand them that led up to and caused Danny Diaz to lose his TDPS badge.
As some readers may know, Danny Diaz’s most recent problems began a few weeks ago when he decided to pull his gun out of the holster and fire it several times up in the air in order to get the attention of some young people driving four wheelers on the sand in the river bottom. Diaz followed up his "dangerous act" by getting on his radio and reporting to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office that shots had been fired. Needless to say Diaz’s actions caused a flurry as law enforcement responded to his call.
To date, though Liberty Dispatch’s understanding is that Sheriff Henry Patterson was encouraged to take charges action against Diaz for illegally "discharging his weapon" and "dangerous conduct" in a situation that clearly requires immediate action, no action was taken by the Sheriff even though the Sheriff arrived on scene and did not take Diaz's gun- something TDPS had to do.
To make matters worse, more recently Diaz was involved in an incident where he is now accused of trying to exact retribution. Diaz had arrested a man that happens to live near where he lives but the man wasn’t successfully prosecuted. This same man called the Liberty Police Department one day and complained that Diaz was following him and about to confront him and he did not think things would turn out very well – so please send an officer! When the officer arrived to find out what was going on he asked why Diaz was arresting the man and Diaz indicated he was just jacking with the man. Regardless of what was alleged, it was all caught on tape.
Unlike Sheriff Patterson, the people in charge of TDPS internal affairs in Austin responded quickly and Diaz was summarily fired and is no longer a game warden.
The possible problems with Danny Diaz do not end there however. Patterson and others in charge of law enforcement around here have a bad habit of allowing this kind of thing to happen and not doing anything to keep it from happening again. Unless Patterson pursues this further, Diaz could do like too many troubled officers have done around here and just move on to work for some other agency around here. If he does, Patterson’s lack of action might put people in danger and it may expose Liberty County taxpayers to a huge lawsuit if Diaz continues to behave the way he has. Henry Patterson's action clearly rise to that of a "good ole boy" mentality- all at the expense and safety of Liberty County citizens.
Unfortunately for Darla Diaz, Danny Diaz’s wife, this behavior cast a dark shadow on her bid to become the Justice of the Peace in the Liberty area Precinct 1 JP. The voters are not likely to want to put judge’s robes on the wife of someone with a reputation for retribution and they are not likely to put a gavel in the hand of someone who is married to someone who “jacks” with people, not with other good candidates on the ballot.