Central Texas D.A. Reviewing Choc Harris Investigation

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

New details have been released concerning the TCLEOSE investigation concerning Constable Charles "Choc" Harris.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards confirmed on Friday that they've finished their investigation.

Now a Texas district attorney will decide if the case should go any further.

TCLEOSE is in charge of licensing all peace officers in Texas.

On Friday, NewsWest 9 spoke with the agent in charge of the investigation concerning Constable Harris.

While he would not go into specifics, he said the Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner is now reviewing their findings and will decide if there's enough to prosecute.

The agency first sent the case to Midland County District Attorney Teresa Clingman, but she recused her department from taking it on, because of the close working relationship it has with the Precinct 2 Constable.

She also told NewsWest 9, she recently dismissed misdemeanor cases connected to Constable Harris.

Clingman says she made the decision after TCLEOSE notified her they didn't have the proper paper work for two deputy Constables.

"It was just the right thing to do," Midland County District Attorney, Teresa Clingman, said. "They were not officially with the county law enforcement, through the constable's office, through TCLEOSE when those tickets were written. So it seemed to me the fair thing to do would be to dismiss those cases."

Clingman says none of the cases were significant. They were minor misdemeanors like speeding tickets.

Constable Harris told NewsWest 9 he did not want to make any comment.