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Cameron County Slaps Sheriff With Lawsuit

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A judge has issued a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit Cameron County has filed against its own sheriff in a dispute over courthouse security. County commissioners petitioned for the restraining order claiming Sheriff Eric Garza acted outside his authority in a move to put his department back in charge of courthouse security.

The Precinct 2 County Constable’s Office has been providing courthouse security since 2016 under a Memorandum of Understanding with former sheriff Omar Lucio. Garza terminated that agreement late last month, saying it wasn’t legally binding.

The county’s lawsuit accuses Garza of wrongfully bypassing the legal and administrative process to put sheriff’s deputies in charge of courthouse security. A court hearing on the restraining order, which keeps the previous agreement in place, is set for April 27th.

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