San Antonio, Texas, June 30, 2016: Bexar County Criminal District Attorney Nicholas “Nico” LaHood announces the launch of the new Law Enforcement Integrity Unit. The Law Enforcement Integrity Unit will focus on the investigation and review of officer-involved shootings, allegations of improper use of force and other police misconduct.
The Unit, which will be within the Special Crimes Division, will consist of an experienced prosecutor and investigator. Currently, the District Attorney’s Office is investigating over 60 cases involving allegations against law enforcement officers.
“If a law enforcement officer breaks the law, they need to be held accountable but if they didn’t do it they need to be exonerated,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “We need to continue to build trust with the community and with law enforcement. The community needs to be assured we will prosecute anyone who breaks the law – it doesn't matter if the suspect is a police officer, a doctor, or anybody else.”
Jay Norton, a well-respected criminal defense attorney, is leaving private practice to head the unit. Norton has over 30 years of experience practicing law, including more than 24 years in private practice. Additionally, Norton is a former Assistant District Attorney with the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. Throughout this career as a criminal defense attorney, Norton represented numerous law enforcement officers and is very familiar with the legal issues involved in these types of cases.