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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


 
Tearful plea repeated—11 months later

Eleven months after making a desperate plea before Fort Bend County Commissioners for assistance in an alleged crime infested neighborhood, Lisa Davis made a return visit last week.

Tearful, shaking and accompanied by her young son, Davis explained to the court that her family, and others in their Mission Bend neighborhood, were being overrun by drug dealers and other criminal types.

She also noted that after she made her plea before the court last year in August nothing had changed.

Davis asked the court to give Sheriff Milton Wright more deputies and more narcotics officers. Davis said the narcotics officers she has spoken to say they are “too busy” to investigate a neighbor she claims is dealing drugs.

“They said they worked 80 hours in a week and were too busy,” Davis told the court.

“I apologize for my tears and my shaky voice. We never got a response last August and we are trying to stay strong. Please, please, please help and hired more deputies, more narcotics officers.

Please help us,” she said.

Story profiles Davis’ family

In February of this year, crime reporter LeaAnne Klentzman did a story on Davis, her family and their plight.

Klentzman said Davis had provided information to “deputies and detectives regarding driveway robberies and some of the crooks were arrested. They have reported untold numbers of residential burglaries as they were in their yard when the kids kicked in the front doors of neighbors’ homes and stole their property.”

“The Davis’ are the neighbors we all wish we had. Their home is picture perfect. On a street that time has forgotten, their home is beautifully landscaped with flowerbeds bursting with blooms and a driveway that could be used for a dinner table.”

According to Davis plea to the commissioners in August 2007, her family began experiencing problems with some of the neighbors the first part of 2007.

It started innocently enough with Davis going to a neighbor who was reportedly allowing her small children to run freely without supervision. Mrs. Davis almost hit one of the kids when she was coming home in the car. Concerned, she talked to the mother.

The mother continued to allow this activity and Davis responded by reporting the child care, or lack thereof, to authorities with Children’s Protective Services.

They referred Davis to the sheriff’s department. Nothing happened there either. In fact she says the deputy refused to take a report.

By this time Davis had generated enough heat to get some folks mad. Davis claimed her family was cursed by the neighbors.

Reports were made to the sheriff’s office, she says, and nothing happened.

The Davis family went to meet with Sheriff Wright in person. At one of those meetings Sheriff Wright allegedly told Mr. Davis, “If you would save the gas money you’re spending on gas to come over her to complain you could have bought a tape recorder and camera so we can take some action.”

Mr. Davis was angry at the response but did just that, got a video camera and recorder and set out to prove the allegations that were apparently falling on deaf ears.

Mrs. Davis was physically assaulted by the neighbor and her husband caught it on tape. The incident was reported to the sheriff’s office but the family was told Mrs. Davis wasn’t hurt seriously enough to file anything more than a Class C Assault.

The Davis family filed the case themselves in justice court.

In the meantime, Davis’ assailant was arrested for outstanding warrants and issued a criminal trespass warning to stay off the Davis property. But apparently these efforts have not improved the quality of life for Davis or some of her neighbors.

She said last week that five of her neighbors have been victims of crime since June of this year.

What is the answer?

Regrettably, Sheriff Milton Wright does not respond to information requests from this newspaper.

In my opinion that is like the old adage: “Cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

If he would explain the alleged manpower shortage that has led to the Davis’ desperate plea for help, it would be in his favor.

If he can’t explain the shortage, maybe he could take a look at how the present patrol division and narcotics division is allocated.

He has a lot of manpower there and despite apparently not being able to fill all of the slots now open, there has to be a way to try and address issues such as this.

Heck, he might be doing that for all I know. But the lack of information to the media and the alleged lack of response to citizens seeking help certainly do not favorably impact the image of Wright, his administration or the department as a whole.

This is totally unfair because there are a whole lot of really dedicated, hard working deputies out there trying to do what is right and exhibiting the professionalism we expect from trained law enforcement officers.

And, it is just as unfair to the citizens who depend on this agency and the deputies who serve to keep them safe and provide some semblance of security in their lives.

I hope for everyone’s sake somebody responds to the latest plea of the Davis family.

 

Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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