- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The mayor of Lubbock requested communications to or from an assistant police chief who oversaw a 2012 murder investigation that has come under scrutiny and later withdrew it, according to a newspaper report.

Citing an open records request, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1KbKhUU ) that days after Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson filed the request for emails, text messages and other communications with Assistant Police Chief James Shavers, he asked the city manager to withdraw it because he didn’t want the information provided through documents.

Robertson did not tell the newspaper why he placed the request, but Shavers had been in charge of investigations when Robertson was accused of pointing a gun at a man on his property. The Lubbock police were recused from the case against Robertson, and it was dismissed by the Lubbock County District Attorney’s office following an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Shavers also oversaw an investigation into the killing of 15-year-old Mark Anthony Ysasaga, whose remains were found in June with help from a tipster. But public criticism has questioned whether the tipster, Christian Castro, who was arrested on unrelated charges, was involved in the 2012 murder.

When the city manager asked for Castro’s arrest report, Shavers said it had been canceled by Sgt. Mark Watkins.

Later that month, Shavers was demoted, and Police Chief Roger Ellis was demoted to captain a day later.

The police department has also been accused by the U.S. Justice Department of discriminating against women and Hispanics in hiring probationary police officers. The Justice Department has told the city that a lawsuit resulting from the federal investigation likely will be filed no later than August.

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Information from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, https://www.lubbockonline.com

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