Press Release: Virtual Press Conference by The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, CLEAT at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 23

ATTN: All Texas Media Outlets

Date:                    April 23, 2020

Contact:              Alex Price, CLEAT Public Affairs, alex.price@cleat.org, 512.609.7770

Who:                    The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, CLEAT

What:                   Virtual Press Conference Regarding COVID-19 becoming presumptive under Texas Law for ALL First Responders.

When:                  Thursday, April 23, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Where:                Facebook Live from CLEAT HQ* –  Facebook.com/CLEATTX

CLEAT will continue with our push to make COVID-19 a presumptive illness in the State of Texas. Our initial demand for rights was made on March 24, 2020 and we are still awaiting a response from Governor Greg Abbott that will cover all of our first responders. Since then, CLEAT and elected officials have sent letters and videos to the Governor explaining our position.

Making COVID-19 a presumptive illness for first responders is very important to us as the current law will not cover them for COVID as it stands today. Law enforcement is out there exposing themselves and in many cases without the proper PPE. All of our years of experience at the Capitol fighting for law enforcement tells us that political subdivisions will not do the right thing just naturally. They have to be pushed through by changing the rules or the law which is why will never leave this issue alone.

In addition to formally written correspondence, CLEAT made two videos and recorded audio message directed at Governor Abbott in regards to the aforementioned problem.

Below are the links to the videos/audio messages:

March 24, 2020 >> Video #1: CLEAT Message to Gov. Abbott

April 7, 2020 >> Video #2: CLEAT Message to Gov. Abbott

April 17, 2020 >> Audio Message in regards to COVID-19

Attached is a media kit with a timeline of letters to Governor Abbott.

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Media Kit:

0. CLEAT Media Advisory (COVID-19).pdf

1. 1st Letter to Gov. Abbott COVID-19 Exposures (3.24).pdf

2. TML Letter to Charley Wilkison on COVID-19.pdf

3. Press Release from Gov. Abbott (3.30).png

4. 2nd Letter to Gov. Abbott (3.31).pdf

5. Letter to Governor Abbott from Representative Terry Canales.pdf

6. Letter to Governor Abbott from Senator Beverly Powell.jpg

7. Letter to Governor Abbott from Senator Peter Flores.pdf

8. Letter to Governor Abbott from Representative Matt Krause.jpg

9. Letter to Governor Abbott from Rep. Tony Tinderholt.jpg