City Council Terminates Police Force — Town Doesn’t Descend Into Chaos

After the Galveston Marshal’s office allegedly went rogue, refusing to obey the orders of the town’s council, the council voted this week to eliminate their police force. Dozens of protesters turned out to voice their discontent and fears about ridding the town of 1,200 of their police force. After only being in office for a month, Town Marshal Shawn Durham had made many enemies. According to council documents, Durham was found guilty of violating the rules, neglecting or disobeying orders, conduct unbecoming of an officer, and another breach of discipline. The charges stem from an apparent power struggle that entailed after Durham was sworn in back in June. According to the council, Durham displayed insubordinate behavior when he refused to grant Town Council President John Hart’s requests on behalf of the council for keys to the police department and police vehicles, passwords to police computers and the code to […] Read More