UPDATE: The interim city manager may have broken the law with his calls to 911.
An Amarillo attorney advised Terry Childers Tuesday during the city council meeting that he should refrain from speaking about the incident for his own legal good.
Chris Hesse cited Texas law in claiming Childers illegally abused three 911 operators.
Texas penal code 42.061 deals with silent or abusive calls to 911.
A person commits an offense if the person makes a telephone call to 911 when there is not an emergency and knowingly or intentionally remains silent or makes abusive or harassing statements to a PSAP employee.
“There could be three different agencies that could investigate him. There could be local Amarillo PD. Could be the sheriff’s department here, they have jurisdiction. Maybe even state troopers.” Hesse said. “For a misdemeanor class B, it would be Potter county attorney Scott Brumley who would prosecute him”
Prior to Hesse’s statements to the city council, Childers read a statement expressing his regrets over the incident. Though he stopped short of offering an apology.
This all started Valentine’s day when Childers called 911 three different times threatening the operators’ jobs while demanding police shut down an entire hotel because he lost his briefcase.
The controversy has spawned an online petition demanding Childers’ resignation. Tuesday alone, they’ve already collected nearly 1,500 signatures.