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  • 14,000 cases related to Gerald Goines, Steven Bryant now under investigation

    09/05/2019 10:46:56 AM PDT · by abb · 12 replies
    KHOU-TV ^ | September 4, 2019 | Chloe Alexander
    The Harris County District Attorney's Office has dismissed 27 criminal cases and is in the process of reviewing 1,400 other convictions related to the officers charged in the botched Harding Street raid. The 14,000 cases being probed include 2,200 drug cases linked to Goines and Bryant. However, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo believes it's not a department wide problem. "We've been looking at a lot of cases and we have yet to see it again, any evidence of any systemic issues," Acevedo said. Harris County DA @HarrisCountyDAO Ogg's office has dismissed 27 cases and is reviewing 1,400 other convictions after...
  • Gerald Goines loses police union's support after being charged in deadly Harding Street raid

    08/27/2019 5:33:41 PM PDT · by abb · 12 replies
    KPRC - TV2 Houston, TX ^ | August 27, 2019 | Mario Diaz
    HOUSTON - Remember the explosive speech by Houston Police Officers' Union President Joe Gamaldi in the hours following the deadly botched raid at a home on Harding Street earlier this year? "We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we are trying to do is protect this community and protect our families," Gamaldi said on Jan. Gamaldi and the union stood defiantly that night in its backing of Sgt. Gerald Goines, as well as the other Houston police officers injured in the raid. For months thereafter, the union picked up Goines' legal tab....
  • Former HPD officer charged with murder in botched raid at Harding Street house

    08/23/2019 8:08:13 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 24 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 23, 2019 | St. John Barned-Smith and Keri Blakinger
    ...Ogg said that as investigators probed the case, they determined that Goines first lied about using a confidential informant to buy heroin; then claimed to have bought the drugs himself; then lied about who identified the drugs; and finally admitted that he couldn’t determine whether Tuttle was the same person from whom he allegedly purchased the drugs....
  • Former HPD officer Gerald Goines charged with murder in botched Harding Street raid

    08/23/2019 12:51:06 PM PDT · by abb · 52 replies
    KPRC - TV2 Houston, TX ^ | August 23, 2019 | Aaron Barker
    Former HPD officer Gerald Goines charged with murder in botched Harding Street raid Second former officer faces tampering charge By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor Posted: 12:50 PM, August 23, 2019 Updated: 2:20 PM, August 23, 2019 HOUSTON - Charges have been filed against two former officers in connection with the deadly botched raid at a home on Harding Street earlier this year. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said former Houston police Sgt. Gerald Goines has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the Jan. 28 raid during which Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, who...
  • Kealohas, 2 Honolulu officers found guilty of conspiracy in massive public corruption trial

    06/27/2019 11:56:38 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | June 27, 2019 | HNN Staff
    Katherine and Louis Kealoha found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After deliberating for less than nine hours, a jury of seven men and five women found former law enforcement power couple Louis and Katherine Kealoha guilty Thursday of conspiracy and other counts in one of Hawaii's most closely-watched public corruption trials. After hearing the verdict, the Kealohas left the federal courthouse stone-faced. Katherine Kealoha, walking ahead of her husband, and her attorneys declined comment. Louis Katherine, appearing stunned at his incredible turn of fortunes, told reporters: "There's still a lot to take in. I just...
  • Houston cop 'lied about drug dealing so officers could storm home'...

    02/16/2019 7:23:20 AM PST · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 200 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02-15-2019 | Lauren Fruen
    Houston cop 'lied about drug dealing so officers could storm home' sparking a shootout which left a couple dead and five officers wounded The Houston officer who led a deadly raid in which a couple were killed and five cops were injured lied to get a search warrant, according to the city's police chief. Lead investigator Gerald Goines alleged an informant bought heroin at the house of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, the day before the January 28 raid. The informant had also allegedly seen a handgun in the home. But according to an affidavit filed as part...
  • Channel 2 Investigates: Major questions raised about raid-turned-shootout after warrant reviewed

    02/15/2019 9:08:12 AM PST · by Jaded · 40 replies
    NBC Houston/ KPRC ^ | 2/15/19 | Mario Diaz
    HOUSTON - The story from Houston Police Department narcotics officers surrounding a drug raid-turned-shootout that left five officers injured and two people dead doesn’t add up, according to a warrant reviewed by Channel 2 Investigates on Friday. The warrant was requested by an HPD sergeant with the Special Investigations Unit, regarding the controversial raid at 7815 Harding St. on Jan. 28. In the legal documents obtained by Channel 2 Investigates, a sergeant stated that he along with his partner were unable to track down any confidential informants involved in a drug buy at the home of 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and...
  • Houston Police Only Seized Small Amount Of Marijuana In Deadly Raid, No Heroin

    02/11/2019 4:09:49 AM PST · by abb · 96 replies
    Houston Public Media ^ | February 8, 2019 | HPM Digital Team
    The Houston Police officers who conducted a deadly raid in an East Houston home on January 28, expecting to find heroin, only seized 18 grams of marijuana and 1.5 grams of an unknown white powder. The Houston Chronicle obtained the results of the search warrant Friday, which also showed officers found two shotguns and two rifles inside the house. The house had been under investigation for about two weeks after HPD received information about a suspect that was allegedly selling narcotics. A confidential informant was sent to purchase heroin from the suspect on January 27. The informant told officers the...
  • Veteran HPD officer connected to deadly drug raid relieved of duty

    02/07/2019 2:22:52 PM PST · by slumber1 · 52 replies
    KHOU 11 ^ | 2-7-19 | Jeremy Rogalski
    HOUSTON — A veteran Houston police narcotics detective has been temporarily relieved of duty due to ongoing questions about his role in last week’s drug search warrant that ended in a deadly shootout between two suspects and police. A department spokesperson confirmed that the senior police officer, who joined the department in 1996, must temporarily surrender his badge pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. “The department has made the decision to relieve the officer of duty while a thorough investigation continues,” the Houston Police Officers Union said in a written statement.
  • HPD officer connected to deadly raid, shootout relieved of duty (raid where 5 cops shot)

    02/07/2019 11:35:57 AM PST · by abb · 51 replies
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HPD-officer-connected-to-deadly-raid-shooto ^ | Thursday, February 7, 2019 | St. John Barned-Smith, Jay R. Jordan, and Keri Blakinger
    A veteran Houston police narcotics officer has been relieved of duty due to "ongoing questions" that have emerged over his role in a raid last week that ended in a deadly mid-afternoon shootout, police said Thursday. "We have confirmed that at least one narcotics officer has been relieved of duty due to ongoing questions that cannot be answered until the case agent is interviewed," HPOU President Joe Gamaldi said in a written statement. "The department made the decision to relieve the officer of duty while a thorough investigation continues. Nearly all officers relieved of duty return to work quickly after...
  • Drug Dealer Ambush or Defense Against Home Invasion?

    02/02/2019 7:22:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 346 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 January, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    The recent killing of a couple in Houston, Texas, and the wounding of four police officers, has been claimed to be an ambush of police by drug dealers. Later accounts by officers at the scene show that police broke into the house, and fired first, killing the couple's dog.The husband then fired back, wounding the officer who killed their dog. Officers then shot the unarmed 58-year-old wife. They claim she was attempting to get the shotgun from the wounded officer. From cnn.com: When Monday afternoon's raid was over, two suspects were dead and five officers were injured, four of...
  • Houston Police Chief to Criminals: "Don't Victimize Our People"

    08/29/2017 7:06:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    wwltv ^ | 8-29-17
    Houston area law enforcement responded to reports of looting as the city continued to face devastating flooding.
  • Houston Police sergeant kills himself inside HPD station

    03/31/2017 10:10:33 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    MySA ^ | March 31, 2017 | Margaret Kadifa
    The man was found around 8:35 a.m. inside of a stairwell on the fourth floor at the Westside Patrol Station, where he worked, at 3203 South Dairy Ashford, Acevedo said. The fourth floor is not currently in use by the department, so no one heard the gunshot. Officers working in the Westside Patrol Station decided to search the facility after they discovered at 7 a.m. the sergeant had not come to work.
  • HPD: More than 100 immigrants found in suspected stash house

    03/19/2014 5:09:36 PM PDT · by deport · 14 replies
    Click2Houston.com ^ | Mar. 19, 2014 | Amanda Perez, Reporter
    HOUSTON - More than 100 immigrants were found at a suspected stash house in south Harris County, according to the Houston Police Department..... Police say a total of 94 men and 14 women were discovered, including one pregnant woman who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Cannon said all of the illegal immigrants had been held against their will for up to two weeks, locked inside of the home that had only one bathroom with a partially functioning toilet..... Authorities say 500 chickens were also found on the property. Photos and video at article link.
  • Activists and civil rights groups weigh in on arrest beating video

    02/10/2011 3:43:06 AM PST · by humblegunner · 33 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 8, 2011 | JAMES PINKERTON
    Outrage mounted Tuesday to the video broadcast of Houston police officers beating a teenage burglary suspect, with several activists and civil rights groups holding a town hall meeting and news conferences to demand tougher and more open disciplinary procedures aimed at curbing police brutality. A number of civil rights groups also backed a Houston congressman's call for an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Meanwhile, local prosecutors forcefully defended the appropriateness of misdemeanor charges filed against four police officers who took part in the youth's arrest in March. Chad Holley, who was then 15, was fleeing from a burglary on...
  • Police looking for two men posing as Houston cops

    12/22/2010 6:36:24 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 22 December 2010
    Late last night, a white truck with flashing blue lights pulled over two vehicles on the Katy Freeway at the Grand Parkway in west Harris County. At least two men got out of the truck wearing what appeared to be police uniforms. They also had guns. They robbed the victims of one of their cars and also took cash, cell phones and other belongings.
  • REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: A Review of ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis’s Rolodex Suggests Strong White House Ties

    09/22/2009 7:23:44 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 13 replies · 1,117+ views
    Red State ^ | September 22, 2009 | Erick Erickson
    The story in a nutshell: Bertha Lewis is the CEO of ACORN. In a review of Lewis’s contacts list, which was leaked to RedState, Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard. Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign. In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group. The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization. In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s...
  • HPD officer kills man armed with screwdriver

    07/25/2009 1:59:28 PM PDT · by humblegunner · 32 replies · 828+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | July 25, 2009, 2:40PM | MICHELA GARCIA and LINDSAY WISE
    A Houston police officer shot and killed a suspected burglar who attacked him and his police dog with a screwdriver, authorities said. The officer, identified by HPD as G. Smith, was responding to a burglary call at an apartment in the 7100 block of Renwick about 4:20 p.m. Smith has been with the department 11 years and is assigned to the canine unit, according to HPD spokeswoman Jodi Silva. Residents in the apartment reported the burglary and when a patrol officer arrived the burglar was still inside, officials said. Smith called for a supervisor and a canine unit. The burglar...
  • Storm frenzy overshadows girl's death, crime news (Houston citywide curfew and crime stats)

    09/22/2008 11:22:03 PM PDT · by weegee · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 22, 2008, 10:22PM | MIKE GLENN
    Since Hurricane Ike struck — pitching much of the city into darkness — Houston police have made about 280 arrests every day. Most were for nonviolent offenses, including 388 for public intoxication and 335 for drug possession, police said. The totals actually show a decrease from pre-Ike levels, when Houston police were arresting about 370 people daily, according to department officials. "A lot of the credit goes to the visibility of the officers. We're trying to deter as much crime as we possibly can," said HPD spokesman John Cannon. Arrests for looting have dwindled. Of the 168 arrests made since...
  • Off-duty (HPD) officer faces charge after gunfire (New Year's celebratory gunfire)

    01/02/2007 11:40:36 PM PST · by weegee · 31 replies · 889+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 3, 2007, 12:04AM | By MIKE GLENN
    Off-duty officer faces charge after gunfire He is suspended after deputies say at least 2 shots fired during party hit a nearby home An off-duty Houston police officer was arrested early Monday after allegedly firing a gun during a New Year's party, striking a nearby home, authorities said. Ricardo Pińeda, 27, was charged with deadly conduct after the shooting that happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the 8800 block of Rustling Leaves, Harris County sheriff's deputies said. The owner of the home struck by the bullets was in the laundry room when someone attending a New Year's party across the...