SAN SABA, Texas (KXAN) - The city of San Saba is a quaint town with not much traffic but plenty of gossip. More than two dozen complaints against Sheriff Allen Brown is Tuesday's topic.
'We have golfers, hunters; complaints from them that they don't want to come back here and they don't want to come to town once they get here because they're so worried that they might be pulled over or harrassed or stopped unnecessarily," said business owner Reagan Burnham.
At Monday's City Council meeting , citizens complained that Brown's law enforcement tactics are a bit too much.
"We're after the drug dealers, we're after the people who are breaking the law and educting people at the same time. I don't know what they expect us to do," said Brown.
"From the business side of it, I've thought the sheriff's department was over-zealous," said Burnham.
"You cannot do law enforcement without making some people upset," said Brown. "The best you can be is 50/50 in law enforcement. If you want to be a hero, you've got to be a fireman."
There are now 23 written complaints on file from various citizens alleging civil rights violations, harrassment and unnecessary traffic stops.
"Am I perfect? No," said Brown. "Do I violate rights? Absolutely not. Have I arrested someone that doesn't believe that they're not guilty? Absolutely."
In a vote of 3-1, City Council voted to pass along those complaints to the district attorney.
"If what they've said is true, it's really, really sad," said San Saba county attorney, Tim Inman. "We're doing our best to do a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of everyone's complaint. We're looking at every complaint individually."
"We have bigger issues that are going on in this department than to worry about what they're mad about and I represent them as well," said Brown. "The sheriff's office helps police -- the city as well."
Once the 23 complaints are reviewed by the county attorney, they will then land on the district attorney Sam Oatman's desk . If the investigation reveals criminal activity, the DA will then decide if a grand jury will need to make a decision.
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