There is a very important trial coming up here in the Rio Grande Valley in regards to police violence. From a May 18, 2014 article in “The Monitor” by Ildefonso Ortiz:
"A local attorney has sued the city of Pharr, its police department, the chief and an officer on behalf of a teenage girl, claiming they covered up her sexual assault by a police officer.
Richard Alamia is representing the victim — identified in the lawsuit only as Jane Doe — who is not yet 18 years old. Alamia filed the lawsuit earlier this week, claiming that Officer Erasmo Mata sexually assaulted the female teenager during work hours five times from July through October [of 2013]. Mata and other officers would take the victim to abandoned houses throughout the city, according to the lawsuit.
'Other Pharr police officers would stand watch while the sexual assault was being committed on Jane Doe,' Alamia said in the lawsuit.”
Below is a list of some quick details to know about the upcoming trial:
Lawyer representing the plaintiff: Richard Alamia.
Defendant: Erasmo Mata Jr.
Judge: Letty Lopez.
Location: 389th State District Court in Edinburg.
Pre-Trial Date: January 8th (Thursday) at 9 AM.
Trial Date: January 12th (Monday) at 9 AM.
Court Case Number: cr-2488-14-h
There are more details to this case, this is just a quick primer. For more information on this case: