This past weekend two protests were held near the State Capitol, one in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement the other in support of law enforcement.
Last night, we heard from Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder who told us he doesn't think the "police lives matter" protest should have been organized on the same day as the "black lives matter" protest.
Nelson says that the Black Lives Matter protest was scheduled first.
However, the man behind the Police Lives Matter protest, Robert Chody says that isn't true.
Watch FOX 7's Rebecca Thomas interview the organizer of this weekend's "police lives matter" protest Robert Chody. Chody is Constable of Williamson County Precinct One.
In the interest of full disclosure it has come to FOX 7 attention that Chody was involved in a lawsuit while working as an Austin Police Officer in the late 90’s. He was accused of ruffing up and falsely arresting a black teenager. The City settled the case in 2001. Chody resigned a few months later.
In a written statement to FOX 7 News Chody says…
Yes it is true I was involved in a lawsuit while working for the Austin Police Department in the late 1990s. I anxiously awaited for my day in court for over a year and a half for what was referred to by the city as a nuisance lawsuit. In 2001 my wife won the Texas lottery. Because of this great change of events in my life. The city was kind enough to settle the lawsuit which does not allow me to comment on the particulars of the case. I certainly wish I could express my side of the story as there are two sides to every story. With that said after winning the Texas lottery I took a few months and then resigned due to my life altering event in my financial matters. Let me be clear resigning from the Austin Police Department had nothing to do with the lawsuit as some media outlets claim.
The lawsuit claim only became an issue when I first ran for office as a political move by a over anxious reporter who was clearly rooting for the other team. I believe the remaining 14 years in my law-enforcement career demonstrate my professional demeanor and commitment to the community in which I serve without such suits.
My hope is u tell the whole story.