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School district police must investigate, not cover up

When the Beaumont Independent School District formed its own police department, administrators cited the need to provide security for its many facilities. Accepting their stated good intentions does not diminish the duty to investigate allegations of wrongdoing – rather than cover up incidents the districts might find embarrassing or for which they might be held financially liable.

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The attempt by the Beaumont City Attorney’s office to protect Kendrick Perkins’ reputation rather than stand by the Beaumont Police Department is appalling. A full investigation would, at worst, reveal illegal actions and, at best, serious impropriety.

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A four-month battle over public records that should have been released involving the arrest of NBA star Kendrick Perkins is still being fought in Judge Layne Walker’s court, but the truth is the fight is more about the cover-up at the highest levels of city government than it is about Perkins’ behavior and statements on the videos from that night.

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