What is Official Oppression?
A reader wants to know about “official oppression.” Texas does have a law against official oppression. That sounds better than it is. Prosecutions are extremely rare. I’ve never seen one.
What is OO? If the police pull you over and offer to let you go for sexual favors. Or if the game warden illegally keeps you from voting.
It doesn’t have to involve law enforcement, just a “public servant acting under color of his office.” From the penal code.
§ 39.03. Official Oppression
(a) A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he:
(1) intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful;
(2) intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful; or
(3) intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment.
(b) For purposes of this section, a public servant acts under color of his office or employment if he acts or purports to act in an official capacity or takes advantage of such actual or purported capacity.
(c) In this section, “sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, submission to which is made a term or condition of a person’s exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, either explicitly or implicitly.