We’re all for accolades given to police officers distinguishing themselves in the line of duty. So when Corpus Christi Police Officer Robert Cunningham was feted for his pursuit and capture of two gun- and knife-wielding robbery suspects this April – he was named Bravo District Officer of the Month in the department’s monthly newsletter - it was certainly a merited citation.
Cunningham in court claimed that Hogan struck him with a door, giving him a reason to enter the apartment to arrest Hogan for assaulting a police officer.
In a ruling last week, a judge refused to dismiss the charges against the officers. Courthouse News carries a good account of the ruling:
Though the officers arrested Hogan for assault on a peace officer, charges against him were never pursued by the city of Corpus Christi.
(The judge) refused the officers' motion to dismiss the majority of Hogan's claims, holding that the officers had put themselves in harm's way of Hogan's door when they crossed the threshold of his home without a warrant and that there were outstanding issues of fact issues stemming from the varied accounts of the incident. ...She also dismissed the officers' argument that they were entitled to enter Hogan's home to enforce a child custody order, as under Texas law police officers can only act on a request from a prosecutor, or public official, when obtaining the return of a child, which they did not have.
The department did not respond to an email asking for a comment from Corpus Christi Chief of Police Troy Riggs and from Cunningham. If we hear back, we will update this post.
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