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July 28, 2020

Hon. Greg Abbott Steven McCraw

Office of the Governor Executive Director
P.O. Box 12428 Texas Department of Public Safety
Austin, Texas 78711 Agency # 405 5805 N. Lamar Blvd.
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

Hon. Ken Paxton

Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548

VIA FACSIMILE (512) 463-5571 AND (512) 424-5708;


RE: Request For Your Assistance Concerning Texas Rangers; Investigation of Tyler
Police Department Actions

Dear Governor Abbott, Mr. McCraw, and General Paxton:

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, a peaceful protest scheduled in Tyler, Texas became violent after
counter-protesters incited violence against both my campaign manager and at least three other

I am writing to you to ask that the Public Integrity Division of the Texas Rangers immediately
undertake an investigation into the Tyler Police Department’s response to the violence and into
the department’s ongoing investigation of the violence.
The Tyler Police Department essentially stood idly by as violence escalated and got out of hand,
not showing up on the square until after the violence had dissipated. Tyler’s police chief has
stated he had officers on the square who were quickly on top of the violence.

This is untrue. Among his officers were one who was idly driving around the square, waving at
counter-protesters. No officers were even near where violence broke out.

We believe, under Texas law, the Tyler Police Department had a duty to intervene to ensure
violence did not break out. We ask that the PID of the Texas Rangers undertake an investigation
to determine what, if any, laws may have been broken by the Tyler Police Department’s failure
to properly respond to the violence.

Further, as Tyler PD has to date made no arrests--in spite of overwhelming photographic

evidence on the front page of the ​Tyler Morning Telegraph​--we are asking that the PID
undertake an investigation of the Tyler Police Department to ensure state law is properly
followed, and this matter is properly investigated. At this point, after videoed confessions of the
perpetrators have surfaced, and after the perpetrators of violence have been identified and
featured in media all around the nation, it appears Tyler PD is either dragging their feet or does
not intend on conducting a full investigation. The manner in which the Tyler PD treated my
campaign manager, until he told them he was represented by a local attorney, is one reason we
are concerned. The officer publicly questioned the reality of what is visible on multiple videos,
and that is disconcerting.

The PID’s assistance is needed in Smith County. As you are no doubt aware, the criminal justice
system in Smith County has an unfortunate history of failing to dispense justice, going back to
the book ​Smith County Justice​ and beyond.

I ask that the state investigate these matters as stated.



Hank Gilbert
Candidate for U.S. Congress