The statement attributed to Carlos Leon and documented by Aileen B. Flores is one of the most hypocritical statements I have ever read in my life. According to Flores, Carlos Leon “was surprised at the findings of the study.” Flores further quotes Leon as stating “It really contradicts everything that I understood for many years that our rates were low (compared to) the rest of Texas. This is an eye-opener.”
Wow, Carlos Leon is “surprised”!
As you already know, the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s report pointed out that the county did not properly document 25% of those arrested during the study’s period. The report also pointed out that almost half of those released on personal recognizance bonds are being rearrested within two years.
The obvious issue with the report is that it exposes the safest city lie that the city has been peddling for a number of years.
However, in regards to Carlos Leon, his “surprise” of the results is beyond hypocritical.
Consider that not only has Leon been intimately involved in the safest city lie, as police chief, but he has also been accused of protecting someone within the police department that was accused of collaborating with Mexican drug cartels. Carlos Leon was even reprimanded for falsely altering a government document.
Individuals alter government documents in attempts to cover up criminal activity. Individuals refuse to investigate credible corruption charges by deflecting attention away from the allegation and pointing it back towards the alleged activities of the whistleblower.
It has been amply documented that Carlos Leon participated in both types of the above examples and presided over a police department that has had many numerous instances of abuse documented as well not investigating a single case of public corruption that was finally identified by the FBI. Oh, not and do not forget that Carlos Leon worked as the security chief for the one individual that brought the attention of the FBI to El Paso’s numerous corruption cases: – Bob Jones.
So excuse me for being utterly disgusted with Carlos Leon’s “surprise” at the results of the report.
I can’t help but wonder if his “surprise” has more to do with the exposing the lies he has protected over the years or his cover ups at the El Paso Police Department by his inaction and refusal to investigate reports of cartel infiltration.
It is because of individuals like Carlos Leon that El Paso will never become the city it strives to be.