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General Counsel

Phone: (512) ***-****  HQ Phone
Austin Police Association
5817 Wilcab Road Suite 1
Austin , Texas 78721
United States

Company Description: The Austin Police Association has a legitimate interest in the retention of its membership by preventing officers from simply joining the union for short stints in...   more

Employment History


  • political science and accounting
    Texas A&M University at Commerce
  • University of Texas
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APA RELATED NEWS - Local News, 6 Aug 2011 [cached]
In a briefing last week, APD Assistant Chief David Carter said a "struggle ensued" when Olsen attempted to question Brown and that Brown fled, scaled a fence, and took off running through a neighboring apartment complex. (The very brief struggle, during which Brown slapped Olsen's hand away from his shirt and ran, was recorded on an amateur video broadcast repeatedly on TV news and posted online.) The officers followed – Olsen ran around the fence, trying to head Brown off, said attorney Tom Stribling, a union lawyer who represented Olsen in the first hours after the shooting.
Olsen repeatedly yelled for Brown to "show his hands," Stribling said.
In other words, says Follmer's attorney Tom Stribling, it appears that being a probationary public safety employee in Austin - either a rookie cop or firefighter - means being an employee of no-man's land, working toward the promise of civil service protection, but without any interim employment protection.
"The point is that [the city] just [doesn't] want to give rookie police officers and firefighters who've worked for the city at least six months, but are still on probation, any route for an appeal," Stribling said.
Nonetheless, Stribling says Follmer's termination seems to hinge on what Ellison sees as "inconsistencies" in the statements Follmer gave to Internal Affairs detectives and to investigators in the department's Integrity Crimes Unit, which reviews allegations of criminal misconduct by police and other public officials. Stribling says that during Follmer's disciplinary review-board hearing, Ellison focused on a single answer Follmer gave to IA detectives as evidence that Follmer offered inconsistent explanations as to why he hit Hernandez. According to Stribling, Follmer told both IA and ICU officers that he hit Hernandez because he continued to struggle with the officers. Late in the questioning, however, Follmer told IA - in response to a direct question - that he might not have struck Hernandez if Gray, who was Follmer's field training officer and thus responsible for evaluating Follmer's performance during part of his probationary period, hadn't first struck the handcuffed man. Stribling says it was that answer that Ellison used as the basis to complain that Follmer was inconsistent.
That makes little - if any - sense to Stribling.
Stribling filed an official notice of Follmer's appeal with Human Resources' Rodgers on June 7, seeking review by a hearing examiner who would be tasked with reviewing the case and then recommending to City Manager Toby Futrell whether Follmer's termination should be upheld or whether a lesser punishment would be warranted; Futrell would have the final say.
At press time, Stribling said he was reviewing city policy and exploring the possibility of other avenues for appeal.
"He's extremely happy," said Little's attorney Tom Stribling.
Little's attorney, Tom Stribling, general counsel for the Austin Police Association, presented to civil service arbitrator Herman Bennett evidence of at least a dozen similar cases in which Knee had responded more leniently (from three to 60 days off), and not a single offending officer had been terminated.
Stribling questioned the APD's apparently arbitrary distinction between what the brass considers a "mistake" versus a "lie."
But as attorney Stribling pointed out during the hearing, that hasn't been the price for other officers who've committed similar infractions. Stribling offered evidence of more than a dozen similar cases, none resulting in termination.
Yet Stribling recounted a case in which an officer had pulled over a drunken off-duty officer and drove the officer home, where he found evidence of a domestic dispute.
Asked by Stribling to explain the time discrepancy in the documents, Knee initially sat mute. After a long silence, he claimed that there was, indeed, a valid reason for his belated request.
Stribling asked how the DA's decision could have "affected this case if you'd imposed discipline before the grand jury" acted?
Asked about the apparent conflict, Stribling said that pending the arbitrator's decision in the matter,"it may be necessary to resolve these conflicting statements through the judicial system."
APA RELATED NEWS - Local News [cached]
Fearing that the opinion of a city board would tilt toward the department, they almost always want arbitrators, said attorney Tom Stribling, who has represented dozens of police officers.
In a recent case in which an officer's punishment was overturned, Stribling successfully argued that Quintana had been treated differently than other officers charged with drunken driving, none of whom were fired.
Stribling, who represented the three police officers, said he thinks the city has not yet presented a case in which a bypass was directly tied to work performance. The cases have been linked to previous discipline, he said, which was not the purpose of the law.
However, attorney Tom ..., 16 Oct 2009 [cached]
However, attorney Tom Stribling, who is representing Dunn and Quintana in the dual investigations, said Thursday that the type of information Dunn suggested investigators review is "critical to understanding the entire event."
"You are doing an after-the-fact, hindsight review, what are the tendencies of the individuals," Stribling said.
Stribling said that Dunn was not told until after the release of the KeyPoint review that his e-mail may have violated departmental policies.
"It was decided that they would not use that information, but not in the sense of, 'You have violated a policy, or you have shown yourself to be biased,' " Stribling said. "It was just a decision on the direction of the investigation."
Sgt. Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association, said he wonders whether Dunn's e-mail is a "side issue" or if it affected the outcome of the inquiry.
"My only interest is the integrity of the investigation," he said.
Criminal Defense Lawyer, Austin, Texas, Robbery, Shooting, Weapons Charge, 4 May 2006 [cached]
Tom Stribling, the lawyer for the Austin Police Association, the union that represents about 97 percent of the force's roughly 1,035 officers, defended the system. If the public is unhappy about the grand jury review, it can hold the Travis County district attorney accountable, he said. If the public is concerned about the police investigations or a one-day suspension, it can hold the chief, the city manager and the Austin City Council responsible, he said.
CLEAT, 1 Mar 2011 [cached]
Tom Stribling Staff Attorney
Tom Stribling is a staff attorney for Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), currently serving in the Austin CLEAT office.
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