For Years Texas Biker Radio / Sons Of Liberty Riders MC / TXCOCI - For years we've filed complaints with DPS Inspector General, filed bills with the State Legislature, held rallies, protests over the TXGangdatabase. Many of those rallies/ protest were because people were arrested and charged using the gang database, totally innocent of the charges. There is plenty wrong with the system that includes innocent people.
Our Governor has funded it to the tune of millions of dollars. The system has run basically with no oversight and no accountability (sound familiar).
They can and will frame you and use the gang database to help do it. It helps lead law officers and courts to join in the corruption. We've seen it we've fought it again and again in Texas and around the country., Finally in 2021 a few TX legislators opened theirs eyes and listened to our Bills. They did not pass. One of those legislators who sits on the appropriations committee called for an audit of TXGANG, results are in the article below..
We believe now is the time to go to court, we've had evidence and now we have more.. Thank you TX State Rep Mary Gonzalez..
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 25-year U.S. Army veteran from New Mexico with no criminal history testified at a 2021 state legislative hearing that he’d been wrongfully placed in Texas’ gang intelligence database, making it difficult for him to access an El Paso veterans hospital and lawfully carry a handgun in the state.
Another man, also speaking to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, said he was a professor with no criminal history yet classified as a gang member in Texas. He didn’t know he was in the database until he was detained by Mexican authorities in Guadalajara and denied entry to the country during a humanitarian visit in 2017.
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Those men were among several motorcycle club members who testified in favor a bill authored by State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-Clint. The bikers, who said they were not part of any criminal gang, alleged Texas’ gang database violated their constitutional rights.
Gonzalez’s legislation was intended to reform the system by adding rules that would require notifying people put in it and providing a method for getting removed, among other changes. Her bill didn’t pass, but Gonzalez, who also sits on the House Appropriations Committee, did manage to add a budget rider to ensure a state audit of the gang database, commonly called TxGANG.
The State Auditor’s Office conducted the probe and released its findings in August. The audit identified more than 5,000 records that were uploaded without the required information and over 1,000 that weren’t validated within the last five years – a federal requirement.
The audit pulls the curtain back on flaws in a database that law enforcement officials consider critical to tackling gang violence – an issue state leaders have devoted millions of dollars to address.
“Because we weren’t able to get that piece of legislation through, an audit also seemed critically important,” Gonzalez told KXAN in an interview. “We were finding that individuals had been on this database longer than was allowed. And there was really, again, a lack of accountability and transparency.”
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Texas’ gang database “serves as a statewide repository of criminal intelligence information on gang organizations and their members. TxGANG’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice community by providing for the timely exchange of documented and reliable information,” according to the audit.
DPS operates the database, but the information is supplied and maintained by individual law enforcement agencies. Agencies in municipalities with more than 50,000 people or in counties with more than 100,000 are required to contribute gang information to the database, the audit states.
A person can get a record in TxGANG without an arrest. Each law enforcement agency is responsible for validating its own TxGANG records, and individuals can have more than one TxGANG record, according to the audit.
The database has more than 71,600 records of supposed gang members associated with “at least one of 10,845” gang organizations, according to the audit. The scope of the audit was to find all records over 10 years old and determine the number of those that were not validated within five years.
Auditors discovered more than 15,000 records that were at least a decade old in February. More than 6,800 of those – or 44% – were not validated within the last five years or didn’t contain all the information needed to determine if they had been validated as required by federal regulations, according to the audit.