Police and Qualified Immunity

Official Invitation to attend our panel on October 25th

Join us on October 25th from 5:30-7:45pm

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 5:30-7:45pm

13522 West Airport Boulevard

Sugar Land, TX

Tickets: $5 for non HSSH Debate members

Light refreshments will be provided with a small donation requested

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Attorney Shawn McDonald

Shawn McDonald is a current criminal defense attorney and prior criminal prosecutor practicing since 2001. He has been frequently called upon to teach and present on criminal law related issues. McDonald is board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is licensed by the Supreme Court, and is a member of the Fort Bend, Harris, and Brazoria County Bar Associations. His experience includes prosecuting for the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, serving as a founder and director of the Innocence Project at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, teaching at Marshall’s criminal law clinic, and speaking on Fox News and prison radio on legal topics. He also participated in the investigation of police in the Sandra Bland case.

Lieutenant Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BS in Criminal Justice. Chris attended The University of Texas-Austin police Academy and began his law enforcement career in Galveston, TX. He moved to Sugar Land in 1995 when hired by the Sugar Land Police Department. Officer Thompson moved to different positions throughout the department over the years, and has been a street Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Detective, Sergeant supervisor over training and patrol, and is now a Lieutenant over the patrol division. He has served the agency on the SWAT team, as well as the Special Response Team and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Lt. Thompson has obtained an MBA from the University of Houston-Victoria as well as a second Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University. He is also a graduate of The Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy 263 and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

Activist Stevens Orozco

Stevens Orozco is a member of Truth2Power and host of Raw Politics on All Real Audio. He was born to immigrant Colombian parents and is currently a senior at Texas Southern University majoring in History and minor infractions in Women's Studies.

Judge David Newell

Judge Newell was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014. Prior to that, he worked for the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office and was as an appellate prosecutor in the Fort Bend County Harris County District Attorney's Offices. His legal analysis has been published in the legal columns “The Texas Prosecutor, and “As the Judges Saw It”. Judge Newell has served on the planning committee for the Advanced Criminal Law Course for the State Bar of Texas and presented at the Texas Conference on Criminal Appeals, for the TDCAA Criminal and Civil Law Update, and taught the Texas State Bar's Advanced Criminal Law Course. Judge Newell is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both criminal law and criminal appellate law, licensed by the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Chris Tritico

Chris Tritico has practiced criminal defense his entire career in both state and federal court. He has represented notable athletes such as Moses Malone, Gary Sheffield, and Julio Lugo. In 1997, Mr. Tritico was one of the trial lawyers who represented Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City Bombing Case. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and the Tenth Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas . He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and The Houston Bar Association. Mr. Tritico was named one of the Top Lawyers for the People by H Texas Magazine in 2005-2009. In addition to running his firm, Tritico Rainey PCCC, he has authored several notable legal articles, is a regular speaker for the Houston Federation of Teachers, is a legal analyst for Fox 26 Houston, has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Night Line, CBS Evening News, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, 20/20, CNN, Fox News Channel, Court TV and others both nationally and internationally. Mr. Tritico is the legal analyst for and host of The Chris Tritico Show on News Radio 740 KTRH

Activist Biko Gray

Biko Gray is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Rice University and a community advocate. As a scholar, his research involves thinking through the connection between religion, race, the body, and human agency; as a community advocate, he participated in and planned vigils and marches for Mike Brown, Jordan Baker, and Sandra Bland. With the help of others, he beat back a gang injunction that would have permanently evicted 92 black men from their homes, and is currently working on exposing the systemic injustice of the Harris County criminal justice system in order to reform it. To date, he has co-written one book and two articles, and written a chapter on the Five Percenters. He has another co-written book under review and will be published sometime next year.