Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014. 8:40 pm CST.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: This morning, the GSU Commander Inspector Mark Flowers spoke out for the first time about several allegations of police brutality in which his name has been called.
While these are being investigated by initially the Professional Standards Branch of the Department and eventually the Security Services Commission if approved, Inspector Flowers was intent on clearing his good name and going after his accusers.
He specifically accuses Channel 7 of running a campaign to defame his character, a charge the television station denies.
According to Inspector Flowers, Allan McKoy, who has alleged a brutal assault at the hands of the GSU after being accused of knocking down officer Dejohn Cayetano, has told the Ombudsman’s office that he was not menaced by Flowers as he originally claimed in press interviews.
Inspector Flowers promised to make the statement available, alleging other inconsistencies between it and what McKoy has told the press, but has yet to do so.
He also claimed to have a surveillance video recording which he said shows McKoy’s vehicle near the scene.
The matter remains under investigation and McKoy is still in danger of charges.
Meanwhile, an allegation of menacing a family on Wilson Street a few weeks before that was dismissed by Inspector Flowers as being before the courts, precluding him from commenting.
But he had no such reservations in shooting down a story run by Channel 7 Tuesday night, October 7, after holding off for several days, in which one Joshua Wade accused Inspector Flowers of running into the back of his parked vehicle on the night of October 2 around 8:00 p.m.
Wade says he has not been paid the $250 in damages for his vehicle.
But Flowers says the station was explicitly told not to run the story and did so anyway.
Channel 7, who was represented at today’s briefing by reporter Daniel Ortiz, in turn fiercely defended its reporting.
There is another breaking allegation concerning Flowers’ work a few years ago.
Channel 5 has come forward with documentation alleging that Flowers was part of an alleged smuggling operation of Salvadorans across the border five years ago.
The Inspector says he was cleared of such allegations and the incident was part of a routine police operation.
Inspector Flowers says the Unit and himself have been unfairly run down by the press and those attempting to subvert the Unit’s work but he vows not to give in.
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