UPDATED: Lubbock Republican Party calls for Constable Barnes to

UPDATED: Lubbock Republican Party calls for Constable Barnes to resign

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock County Republican Party issued a statement condemning remarks made by Precinct Two constable Jody Barnes.

In a report published by L. Scott Mann on LubbockLights.com, Barnes is cited in a county HR report telling a Justice of the Peace clerk in December he would offer a free CHL class. Barnes told the clerk she could be a "can shooter", explaining "a can shooter shoots Mexicans and Africans".

Party chairman Steve Evans' statement calls for the immediate resignation of Constable Barnes.

"The Lubbock County Republican Party strives to hold our elected officials accountable and will not tolerate the type of conduct exhibited by Constable Barnes," the statement read.

Evans later told FOX34, "actions like this compromise the 1,600 officers in Lubbock County, because it erodes the public confidence and trust in our law enforcement and it simply can't be tolerated."

Evans provided the document below, from county HR director Greg George. It states that when George met with Barnes on January 7, Barnes aggressively pushed a chair back into a wall in George's office, damaging paint and sheetrock. When asked about the "can shooter" comments, George said Barnes refused to explain, then pointed to his vest camera. According to the report, Barnes said he would start using it to record conversations in the JP Precinct Two office. Then, Barnes explained he is in an interracial marriage and has interracial children.

The document shows Justice of the Peace Susan Rowley met with George the next day, January 8, agreeing to report any further comments that she believed classifies as retaliatory.

In an interview after the party's statement, Barnes told FOX34 he and the clerk were later fine, with no hard feelings. 

Barnes told us the HR report is not completely factual, including the portion stating Barnes damaged a wall.

"I went in there and I told him the same exact words I told you," Barnes said. "I am not going to repeat what anybody said, what I said I'm not going to repeat anything that was said in there, I understand that what was said shouldn't have been done and the action shouldn't be repeated and then we parted ways. Greg George did not tell the truth and I don't know why, but that never happened."

So why are we hearing about this several months later? The account was just published by Lubbock Lights. Barnes accuses author L. Scott Mann of being dishonest.

"That coincides with the person who released this information is having a personal vendetta against me and purposefully lying about me on at least three other occasions that I can prove," Barnes said.

Evans says if Barnes were to run for re-election next year, the party would not support him.

"The Lubbock County Republican party does have the option to by a motion of the executive committee to take some censor actions against him."

Constable Barnes stresses he has not committed a crime. And the issue was handled under the county's HR protocol. Barnes says he does not plan to resign and will serve his term through the end of next year.

 

In Texas the constable is an elected peace officer position.

After former constable C.J. Peterson resigned last year, after pleading to a DWI charge, and after Hockley County constable Michael "Lance Scott" was arrested on violence, resisting arrest and public intoxication charges in January, we reported on the role of constables. Constable Paul Hanna explained the critical role constables play.

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