Tarrant County Parental Rights

What are the ramifications when the government intervenes to place legal barriers between a parent and his or her child? Parental rights are a hot button topic in Texas. Where most parents find consensus is in the idea that biological parents have a fundamental right to raise their child as the parents see fit. As one Tarrant County Family Court judge recently told me, the right to raise children in peace and without government interference is the most fundamental liberty we as Americans have. I agree with Judge Kim.

Parental rights have been on my mind as I continue my research into likely obstruction of justice committed by members of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office. One intake attorney, when trying to do a favor for a wealthy and well-connected family, ran into a barrier. The peace officer whom he was placing pressure on believed in parental rights. The officer believed that children have the right to know their father and mother. 

To work around this moral barrier, the intake attorney began digging, according the DA. In the spring of 2019, the intake attorney realized that the peace officer could be compelled to aid the DA’s efforts to disrupt an ongoing legal matter that I am, at the moment, not allowed to describe. This matter is not a lawsuit, as some commentators have assumed.

Unanswered phone calls to a middle-aged man who was hiding a small child in his home were used as grounds to force the peace officer to sign an arrest warrant. Even in a state that reveres parental rights, there are legal workarounds that can allow the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office to place barriers between children and loving parents.

The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office should not be in the business of separating small children from loving parents. The TCDA’s office should not be in the business of strong-arming peace officer as a favor to wealthy and well-connected families. When our county-level prosecutors use their resources to separate families simply because they were asked to do so by well-connected individuals, it undermines the credibility of every case they prosecute.  

Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 


An Open Letter to DA Sharen Wilson

Update: An independent criminal investigator is inquiring into this case. 

Honorable DA Sharen Wilson,

I was advised by the Attorney General via the enclosed letter to contact your office to discuss documented interference in a FWPD investigation. The interference, according to your office and two FWPD officers, was conducted [by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office] at the request of a local family that maintains close ties with the DA.

Please respond in writing that your office will or will not fulfill the AG’s request to appoint a District Attorney Pro Tem to act as a prosecutor in this matter.


Edward Brown

Jan 10, 2020






For further reading:

Obstruction of Justice in Tarrant County

The Obstruction of Justice Playbook



Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 


The Obstruction of Justice Playbook

If there were an Obstruction of Justice Playbook, Chapter 1 may well read like this.

Step 1: Before strongarming a peace officer into complying with your wishes, take steps to discredit the peace officer. 

This, of course, is what members of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office did, based on DA documents, in a matter that personally involves me. Before using “countless DA connections” to strongarm two peace officers into complying with the wishes of a local, wealthy family, members of the DA made the following assertions.

The peace officer involved in my case “didn’t do her job,” and she “has a history of not being responsive.”

Remember, by doing their job, the officers were getting in the way of the DA’s desire to do a favor for a local, well-connected family. The peace officers certainly did not believe that they were not doing their job. They did not believe that a crime had been committed, according to a FWPD email. 

There is an objective way to look at the DA’s assertion that this officer has a history of not being responsive. I requested a copy of this officer’s decades-long work history file from FWPD to see if the DA’s office was right. Did this officer truly have issues with responsiveness, or was the DA using this individual as a scapegoat to justify unethical and potentially criminal actions they were about to undertake. 

  • 2016 commendation for aid in apprehending a fugitive
  • 2011 commendation for handling a high case load with distinction
  • 2011 commendation for contacting the victim of excessive phone calls
  • 2011 commendation for not having overdue prisoners for 150 days
  • 2009 commendation for assisting in recovery $100,000 in stolen property

The list goes on and on. The officer’s performance reviews average close to four stars (the highest rating). 233 pages of personnel files contradict the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office assertion that the detective has a history of not being responsive to victims. Was the DA right about these peace officers, or were members of Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office taking a note from the Obstruction of Justice Playbook?

Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 

Update: U.S. Representative Kay Granger has notified me that her office “was able to forward your concerns to the FBI for their review. Please note that the FBI may reach out to you directly.”

Update: The Texas Attorney General’s office has replied to my request for an investigation and provided details on how to proceed. 

For further reading:

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Letter of Refusal

What Does Obstruction of Justice Look Like?

Where Things Stand



What Does Obstruction of Justice Look Like?

Did members of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office commit criminal obstruction of justice to do a favor for a local wealthy family? What are the implications for the subsequently attempted cover-up by the Fort Worth Police Department’s Office of Internal Affairs?

Update: U.S. Representative Kay Granger has notified me that her office “was able to forward your concerns to the FBI for their review. Please note that the FBI may reach out to you directly.”

One of the most pervasive criticisms of our criminal justice system is that it favors the well-connected and targets the poor and vulnerable. This criticism is not without merit. In Tarrant County, knowing the right people at the DA’s office can lend you the resources to strong-arm Fort Worth’s peace officers with little to no risk of being held accountable. 

I have spent the last several months documenting and collecting evidence of nepotism, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice at the highest positions of power in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Through sworn complaints, public speeches, countless letters, and this blog, I plan to raise public awareness of unethical and potentially illegal acts that were committed by high-ranking officials in Tarrant County.

My First Tip: A Peace Officer Whistleblower

Last June, a law enforcement officer who observed obstruction of justice verbally recounted the wrongdoing to me through a phone call. Members of the District Attorney’s office were using their positions to interfere with a custody suit on behalf of a local, well-connected family, I was told. The officer asked to remain anonymous, and I have only provided that individual’s name to my editors at the Weekly. Everything recounted in this blog reflects my personal views and research and does not reflect the views of any publication I work for. 

The suit personally involves me, and I am unable to provide any details related to the ongoing legal battle until it is fully resolved. Suffice to say, a wealthy family does not want that effort to end in my favor, and they have had the support of the DA’s office as well as multiple members of the FWPD, according to DA documents and emails I later retrieved through open records requests (see below).

As DA documents recounted (see below), an intake attorney met extensively with one member of this well-connected family early in 2019 when they formulated a plan to disrupt an ongoing family custody suit. The Assistant District Attorney, according to the DA, had initially rejected the individual’s baseless efforts to press harassment charges against me. After personal connections were used, according to the DA, the individual was given entry into the DA’s office and, according to one FWPD officer, “countless DA connections.”

Obstruction of Justice

The efforts of the ADA and this individual resulted in the “strong-arming” of two FWPD officers into forwarding the very harassment changes that the DA had rejected only months before. The ADA, according to DA documents, promised this well-connected individual that multiple criminal charges would be brought once FWPD was forced to comply.

It is worth noting that the DA documented its efforts to plan and execute criminal obstruction of justice. A FWPD email that I later obtained describes the criminal acts from the point of view of a FWPD who was warning her Lieutenant of the then-ongoing obstruction. Obstruction of justice is described under Texas criminal law. 



Sec. 38.15. INTERFERENCE WITH PUBLIC DUTIES. (a) A person commits an offense if the person with criminal negligence interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes with:

(1) a peace officer while the peace officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted by law

Attempted Cover-Up

One would imagine that the City of Fort Worth or FWPD would take an interest in documented strongarming of FWPD officers by the DA’s office. On August 26, 2019, I filed a sworn complaint with the City of Fort Worth after learning from a first-hand source that the District Attorney’s office had strong-armed FWPD into complying with the wishes of a well-connected local family. 

In response to my sworn complaint, FWPD’s Office of Internal Affairs responded with misleading and false statements that were intended to cover up wrongdoing by the DA’s office. 

Email from FWPD Det. Chadwick Scroggins, September 11:

Once again, I was informed that [the officer] was not pressured or influenced in her actions regarding your case by anyone from the DA’s office or her chain of command. 

There was also no evidence that showed that she was at any time, improperly influenced by anyone from her chain of command or the DA’s office. It is because of that lack of evidence that our investigation has been closed.  

Phone call transcript from Lt. Walls, September 2019:

We have looked into it extensively. If I had anything to tell you or evidence that the DA was influencing us, I’d tell ya. I’d tell the DA. If there was evidence of misconduct. I can’t find any of that on our end. […] There was a meeting about your case. The DA who had scheduled this meeting had taken a month off. […] We did not find evidence of influence. I’m telling you what we’ve found. We found no influence. 

What’s Next?

After observing and documenting these acts, I have filed sworn complaints with FWPD Chief Ed Kraus, DA Sharen Wilson, Criminal Division Chief Larry Moore, Mayor Betsy Price, and the City of Fort Worth. I have spoken at city council and Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court. I have mailed certified packages to every state representative and senator in Tarrant County. The response has been silence. 

Our elected officials continue to choose supporting criminal acts, so my efforts to raise public awareness of these events continue elsewhere. Daily, I am communicating these events to local journalists, politicians, and community leaders. I am seeking public speaking events and publications through media outlets. 

If you have any connections with the Texas Rangers, FBI, or any law enforcement agency, I welcome your support. My email is ejb0017@yahoo.com


Criminal Division Chief Larry Moore,

Based on first-hand conversations I have had with FWPD officials and DA documents that I have read, it is my belief that one or more DA officials knowingly acted in a manner that has interfered with an ongoing […] suit. In this letter, I will detail the events and individuals who likely acted on behalf of my REDACTED’s family and against the interests of my daughter. My daughter, whom I have never seen, is now 18 months old. 

On January 9, my REDACTED was notified that her case would not be accepted by the DA’s office. The DA had determined that my REDACTED was motivated by a desire to keep her daughter from seeing her father. A law enforcement official who read this document described the internal opinion to me. After the DA’s opinion was issued, one or more DA officials began acting on my REDACTED’s behalf and against the judgment of the FWPD in an effort to criminalize my efforts to see my child. 

By June 17 of this year, according to the DA, REDACTED had met with an ADA around 10  times. My REDACTED the ADA discussed ways that I could be charged with harassment even though the DA’s stated opinion of REDACTED’s efforts were known and documented. 

Here is an excerpt from the DA’s description of the case:

“The way they got the police to refer it over was based on that one incident. The ADA told [REDACTED] that [the DA was] going to add charges and also to look into stalking.”

The one incident refers to my attempt to communicate with the grown male who was hiding my child from me in his home for several months. My [REDACTED] father never allowed our family to see or hear from our child. On March 28, [REDACTED] was served orders to begin a child custody suit to unite my daughter with her father. My [REDACTED] described FWPD’s intentions to not pursue her case given her past documented behavior. 

FWPD “officers don’t like to refer it over to” the DA’s office, according to the DA document. 

On May 1, and after numerous meetings with [REDACTED], the ADA stated that “it did not matter who sent the phone records (referring to someone other than my [REDACTED]. Allowing my [REDACTED] father’s phone to ring is abusive.”

After the ADA and my [REDACTED] determined how they would criminalize my attempts to reach my child, as described in the DA’s own document, an effort began to compel FWPD to bring the case forward. I base this understanding on three sources: a first-hand conversation with a law enforcement officer who observed the DA’s interference, the DA’s description of its actions, and a conversation I had with Lt. Walls. In that conversation, he described a meeting between FWPD and the DA where my case was discussed.

I have filed a sworn complaint with the City of Fort Worth and have met with one member of the City Attorney’s office in person. I am using that complaint to determine which members of FWPD pressured Det. Dunn to submit [REDACTED]’s file. If members of FWPD did work at the behest of a member of the [REDACTED] family, they violated FWPD’s ethics code. My conversations with FWPD have included Det. Scroggins and Lt. Walls.

In short, I have documented and continue to document this summary of the DA’s actions:

Last January, the District Attorney’s office concluded that my [REDACTED]’s efforts to press charges were motivated by a desire to separate my daughter from her father. After reaching this conclusion, the DA’s office underwent a lengthy and documented effort to aid my [REDACTED] in her efforts to separate my daughter from her father. Around March 28, when my [REDACTED] was notified of the ongoing Tarrant County Family Court custody suit, the ADA met with my [REDACTED] extensively. Together, according to the DA, they formulated a plan that allowed them to force FWPD to hand over documents related to my case. Those efforts have complicated the ongoing [REDACED] suit, according to my lawyer, Sean Lynch. 

It should be asked why a law enforcement official would risk his or her own career to share intimate details about my case. The answer is that the peace officer was disturbed to witness a wealthy and well-connected family use the DA to serve the aim of separating a small child from her father. 

Everything I have described in this letter is based on primary sources: Tarrant County District Attorney documents, first-person conversations with law enforcement individuals, and communications related to my sworn complaint with the City of Fort Worth. 

The ramifications of these documented incidents should not be underestimated. I wish for this case to be reviewed and to be given a contact at the DA’s office whom I can meet with in person. 


Edward Brown