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Blue Lives Matter

In the course of recent events, we’ve heard the media-driven mantras ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘All Lives Matter.” Well, police lives matter, too. Thousands of men and women, who have been participating in protests around the country, reveal that there are huge issues of misunderstanding and distrust between police officers and the people they serve.

A reoccurring issue today is the use of force by law enforcement. The use of force is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’, and when that moment inevitably arrives, the probability for it to be necessary should not be a surprise. Police split-second decisions generally have permanent consequences. It is impossible to always reach a perfect resolution to manage physical violence and crime. No officer wants to kill, but every officer, just like every military person, must be prepared to take a life in order to save others for self defense. We all know this and ought to support and acknowledge it.

It’s disheartening certain media repeatedly parades certain unrepresentative stories suggesting they are the norm instead of the exception. Of course, these narratives are to boost ratings but not truth. Sadly, they spark foreseeable conflict between police officers and those that they both serve and protect. These off balance stories can recklessly ramp up racism where police officers are being attacked and even assassinated when race was never an issue. These actions are an ‘affront to civil society,’ and in particular to recently deceased Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, his family, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and all law enforcement.

If police were construed as more harmful than beneficial, then imagine a society without police or, where police officers refuse to render aid in an area that is openly hostile towards it. What other 24-hour non-military agency would be accessible to provide immediate protection in a time of crisis? What organization would provide immediate relief or aid during a natural disaster or terrorist attack? Who would bring a criminal suspect before our judicial system to deter future crime? Who else has received the proper training to conduct a proper murder investigation so that justice is preserved? Without this accessibility, proper training and dedication police officers provide, it’s unfathomable to know the number of lives that would not be saved or future crimes that would not be deterred.

The overwhelming majority of men and women who have chosen law enforcement have dedicated their lives to the communities they serve and protect. We should continue to highlight the every day bravery that police officers show in our communities. They have put their all on the line 24/7. We as a free people, and in our desire to continue to be a free people, need to support our police. Yes, blue lives matter! Moreover, ALL LIVES AND TRUTH MATTER!


Bandera DWI Lawyer


HOUSTON — Aug. 3, 2015 — Trichter & Murphy P.C. announced today that former Harris County District Attorney and Chief of the Organized Crime Section, Ed McClees has joined the leading Houston DWI law firm as its newest criminal defense attorney.

“Ed McClees has been a very talented and effective prosecutor with the Harris County Office of District Attorney for several years,” said J. Gary Trichter, principal and founder, Trichter & Murphy P.C. “His aggressive and thorough nature, which made him a leader with the DA’s office, as well as his reputation for seeking fairness and justice for Harris County citizens will give our clients their best opportunity for a favorable outcome in their criminal cases.”

McClees, the newest Houston, Texas, DWI lawyers with Trichter & Murphy, gained notoriety for trying DWI cases for two years as a prosecutor and chief prosecutor for Harris County misdemeanor court. As chief of the Organized Crime Section, he prosecuted cases involving complex organized criminal activities, including fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, false statement to obtain credit, engaging in organized criminal activity, money laundering, aggravated robbery, theft, murder and other crimes. He also supervised prosecutors, investigators and support staff. He also served in the civil rights division.

“Trichter & Murphy is one of the most respected criminal defense law firms in Houston. Their reputation for providing strong criminal defense while showing tremendous compassion to their clients is one of the many reasons I joined the firm. I take my role of upholding the United States Constitution seriously and hold that defending the rights of our clients is the most important judicial role in our country,” McClees said.

Prior to joining the Harris County Office of District Attorney, McClees worked for the Callahan Law Firm PC and the Watts Law Firm LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and graduated cum laude with a B.S. from Texas A&M University.