Indicted APD Officer Justin Berry Appointed to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Governor Greg Abbott has nominated Justin Berry to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for a term that will expire Aug. 30, 2027. Abbott has also nominated Martina Lemond Dixon for a term that will expire in 2023.

Berry, originally from Austin, is a senior Austin police officer. He tweeted thanking Governor Abbott for appointing him to TCOLE Friday afternoon.

“The demands and expectations of today’s professional police officers have never been greater. I look forward to ensuring Texas has the best police in the world. Ensuring that those who answer the call to serve their respective communities have the training and resources necessary to be set up to succeed is a priority not only to keep Texans safe, but also to ensure that trust is earned and maintained by these same communities,” Berry wrote on Twitter.

Earlier this year, he was charged, along with 18 other APD officers, with aggravated assault in connection with the May 2020 racial injustice protests in downtown Austin. He previously called the indictment “frivolous”. He tied himself with an amount of $1.

Berry also ran for the new Texas House District 19, but was defeated in the Republican primary runoff in May by former councilwoman Ellen Troxclair.

The governor has the power to make governmental appointments, a power granted to the governor of Texas by the state constitution.

Most appointments are:

  • State officials and members of state boards, commissions, and councils who execute the laws and direct the policies of state government activities;
  • Members of task forces who advise the Governor or executive agencies on specific issues and policies; Where
  • Statement of elective and judicial offices in the event of vacancy due to resignation or death of the holder.

Texas residents may also seek appointment to a board or commission position.

TCOLE is composed of nine members appointed by the governor. Commissioners serve staggered six-year terms and serve without compensation except for reasonable and necessary expenses. Three are members of the general public, three are executive directors of law enforcement, and three are law enforcement enforcement personnel at the time of their appointment.

KXAN has reached out to the governor’s office, District Attorney Jose Garza and TCOLE for information on how Berry’s indictment affects his nomination.


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