A Texas prosecutor has been fired for refusing to press sexual assault charges because he thought the victim was 'illegal'
Raymond Boyd/Getty ImagesA Texas prosecutor was fired on Friday after refusing to file sexual assault charges because he believed the victim was an unauthorized immigrant. According to the Houston Police Officers' Union, the prosecutor asked a police officer, "Well, is the complainant illegal?" and said, "Because if he's illegal, I'm not taking the charge." The union said officers were "outraged" by the incident because they've been trying to build trust with the Hispanic community. "Regardless of your legal status, we want you to report crimes to us. And then the DA's office pulls an act like this? No. He needs to be gone," HPOU President Joe Gamaldi said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
A Texas prosecutor was fired Friday afternoon after refusing to file charges against a sexual assault suspect because he believed the victim was an unauthorized immigrant, the Harris County District Attorney's office announced.
The Houston Police Officers' Union released a scathing statement November 5, accusing Assistant District Attorney John Denholm of asking a police officer whether a victim was "illegal" before deciding whether to file charges.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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