Texas’s 22nd (TX - 22)

Updated: October 22, 2020

Overview

We can’t trust Troy Nehls to keep us safe. He failed the people he was sworn to protect and played politics with the health of our families amid a pandemic.

Summary

Voters across the district and voters on the go need to see:

  • Nehls was fired from a Texas police department after his superiors cited 20 violations in just over a year, including destroying evidence, making an improper arrest and disobeying orders. Later, Nehls lied on an application to a different police department about his criminal record, falsely swearing he’d never been charged with a crime. (BACK UP)
  • Nehls has been sued multiple times for allegations of misconduct that occurred on his watch as sheriff, forcing costly lawsuits paid by taxpayers. Nehls was accused in a lawsuit of failing to provide help to a teenager in a juvenile center, who was allegedly sexually assaulted hundreds of times, including on video, and sued again after a county jail he oversaw was condemned for failing to prevent suicides. (BACK UP)

Latinx voters and Latinx voters on the go need to see:

  • Nehls played politics with the health of Texas families by downplaying the risk of coronavirus and saying the worst was behind us in April. (BACK UP)
  • Nehls said there were no cases of coronavirus in the county jail he oversaw, but, two months later, at least six of his own employees were infected. (BACK UP)
  • Nehls even called the requirement to wear masks ‘un-American’ and said that a mask requirement recommended by public health experts made our country look like a “communist dictatorship” (BACK UP)

AAPI voters and AAPI voters on the go need to read and hear:

  • Troy Nehls was fired from a Texas police department after his superiors cited 20 violations in just over a year, including destroying evidence, making an improper arrest and disobeying orders. Later, Nehls lied on an application to a different police department about his criminal record, falsely swearing he’d never been charged with a crime. (BACK UP)
  • Nehls has been sued multiple times for allegations of misconduct that occurred on his watch as sheriff, forcing costly lawsuits paid by taxpayers. Nehls was accused in a lawsuit of failing to provide help to a teenager in a juvenile center, who was allegedly sexually assaulted hundreds of times, including on video, and sued again after a county jail he oversaw was condemned for failing to prevent suicides. (BACK UP)
  • It’s helpful for voters to know that as sheriff, Nehls’ department was twice as likely to arrest people of color and in some areas, they were eight times more likely to be arrested. He also oversaw a task force that targeted and some people of color and failed to hold officers accountable, even when 98 percent of the people they pulled over were of color. (BACK UP)

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Research Book

  • It’s helpful for voters to know that as sheriff, Nehls’ department was twice as likely to arrest Black people, and in some areas, Black residents were eight times more likely to be arrested. He also oversaw a task force that targeted Latinos and failed to hold officers accountable, even when 98 percent of the people they pulled over were Latino. (BACK UP)



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