A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department(TPWD) game warden was recently convicted and sentenced to a one-year jail term on a charge of “official oppression”, an abuse of police powers.
On Nov. 13, 2011, Daniel Diaz, while on duty as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden, initiated a traffic stop on a Liberty County resident who Diaz claimed was exceeding the speed limit.
Because of prior incidents involving Diaz and the victim, the victim, while being pulled over, notified 911 of the vehicle stop and requested the presence of additional officers.
Officers from Liberty Police Department responded to find that the victim had been ordered out of the vehicle and handcuffed by Diaz without just legal reason for detention. The resident was released from the scene. An investigation conducted by the Internal Affairs Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department resulted in the case being brought to the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office.
Diaz was subsequently indicted for the misdemeanor offense of Official Oppression. A jury was selected on Feb. 25, 2013, in the 253rd District Court, being presided over by visiting Judge Susan Baker.