World Texas suspect accused of killing SWAT officer during standoff faces federal assault charge
Texas Democrat’s photo of drying clothes leads to new accusations of phony ‘sacrifice’
A Texas Democrat who was among more than 50 state lawmakers to fly from Austin to Washington, D.C., earlier this week to block a GOP voting bill by denying quorum was called out by critics on social media Thursday night over a post about her hand-washed clothes. Critics suggested the post was another self-serving attempt by a Democrat to portray their absence from Texas – after taking a chartered flight to the nation's capital – as a personal sacrifice instead of a political strategy move. "You bet we’re recognizing & honoring our country’s heritage," state Rep. Donna Howard posted.
A suspect accused ofa SWAT during a standoff earlier this month was additionally charged Friday with assaulting a federal officer who responded to the scene.
Omar Soto-Chavira, 22, allegedly fired multiple times at officers during the hours-long July 15 standoff at a house in Levelland, Texas, near Lubbock, killing Lubbock County sheriff's Sgt. Josh Bartlett.
Soto-Chavira is accused of wounding three other officers in the incident. Levelland police Sgt. Shawn Wilson remained hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head during the standoff, federal prosecutors said.
Texas Dem Lawmaker Downplays Arrest Threat, Stays Outside State to Fight Voting Bill
At least 50 Texas Democrats departed the state for Washington, D.C., in protest of restrictive new voting laws proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and their other GOP counterparts. By leaving Texas, they prevented the two-thirds quorum required for Republicans to be able to introduce their legislation.Since arriving in D.C., many of these lawmakers have been engaging in activist efforts in support of voting rights. This has included meetings at the White House, as well as meetings with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Bartlett, who commanded the SWAT team, was shot in the neck soon after arriving and pronounced dead at a hospital.
Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said in a news release that if Soto-Chavira were to post the $500,000 bond set in the state case, he would be transferred to federal custody, where criminal defendants can be detained without bond.
Soto-Chavira bonded out of jail just four days before the standoff after being accused of assaulting family members, KAMC-TV of Lubbock, reported. Texas has seen– and earlier this month the state Senate passed a bond reform bill aimed at addressing the problem.
The nearly 11-hour standoff between the defendant and law enforcement started after someone reported a man as possibly armed along a street, authorities have said.
Beto O’Rourke Is Back From the Political Graveyard .
Beto O’Rourke is back in his natural state: rallying packed crowds, raising piles of cash, and grabbing headlines. But the reason he’s back has nothing to do with getting himself elected to office. For now, at least. The former Democratic congressman from El Paso—who won liberal hearts with his near-upset of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018 and lost a few of them during his subsequent bid for the White House—has gone all-in on stopping a push from Texas Republicans to enact legislation that could restrict avenues to the ballot box.