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'I Still Think They're Heroes,' Houston's Police Chief Says of the Cops Who Killed a Couple During a Fraudulent Drug Raid

While the narcotics officers charged with murder and evidence tampering were bad eggs, Art Acevedo says, their colleagues acted "in good faith."


"I still think they're heroes," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says of the narcotics officers who shot and killed Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas during a fraudulent drug raid at their Harding Street home on January 28. At a press conference Friday, Acevedo said Gerald Goines, the officer who instigated the raid by falsely claiming that a confidential informant had bought heroin from Tuttle at the house the day before, and Steven Bryant, who bolstered Goines' cover story, had "dishonored" their badges and the Houston Police Department (HPD). But Acevedo insisted that the other officers who participated in the raid had "acted in good faith" and killed the couple in self-defense.

Goines was charged with two counts of felony murder on Friday. "Because false information was provided to a magistrate in order to secure a search warrant," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg explained during another press conference on Friday, "Goines' actions violated Texas Penal Code 37.10," which makes "tampering with a governmental record" a felony when it is done "to defraud or harm another." And because Goines' false statements led to a no-knock raid in which two people were killed, Ogg said, his conduct met the definition of felony murder, which occurs when someone, in the course of a felony, commits "an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual." Felony murder is punishable by five years to life in prison.

Bryant faces a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. In an offense-report supplement Bryant wrote two days after the raid, Ogg said, he claimed he had assisted Goines in the investigation of drug dealing at the Harding Street house. Goines named Bryant in his search warrant affidavit, saying he had verified that the "brown powder substance" supposedly purchased from Tuttle was black-tar heroin. Ogg said Goines later admitted to HPD investigators that Bryant had done no such thing. Goines also admitted that no informant had bought heroin at the house. Instead he switched to claiming he had made the purchase himself, although he could not say whether Tuttle was the man who had sold heroin to him.

Ogg said Bryant also falsely claimed in his supplemental report that, after the raid, he "recovered a plastic bag that contained a white napkin and two small packets of a brown powdery substance that he knew, based on his skill and expertise, contained heroin." He added that he "recognized the drugs as the same drugs allegedly purchased" by the confidential informant. That was a pretty brazen lie, since the official search warrant inventory said nothing about heroin or any other evidence of drug dealing. The only drugs the police recovered were personal-use quantities of marijuana and cocaine.

Acevedo, who initially defended the raid and described Goines as a hero, wants credit for investigating this fiasco. But he also wants us to believe that the fraud committed by Goines and Bryant, both of whom retired after the raid, does not implicate their colleagues in Narcotics Squad 15 or suggest broader problems in the HPD Narcotics Division. "I don't have any indication it's a pattern and practice," Acevedo said three weeks after the raid, by which time the Houston Chronicle and other local news outlets had noted Goines' history of alleged testilying and sloppy evidence handling.

Ogg, by contrast, says her office is continuing to investigate the integrity of Squad 15 by reviewing more than 14,000 cases it has generated. "While today the focus is on Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant, there may be more to the story," she said on Friday. "The purpose of the broader investigation of Gerald Goines' past cases and of the squad's ties to these 14,000 different cases is…to determine if this was a single act by rogue officers or whether it's part of a greater and pre-existing problem in that squad or that division."

Ogg said a Harris County grand jury will soon convene to consider additional charges against Goines and Bryant as well as possible charges against other officers. "We have had individuals contact our office who had prior contact with Officer Goines," Ogg said, "and there are other complaints that we are reviewing." Apart from his involvement in this particular case, Goines, who served the HPD for 34 years, faces allegations that he stole money, drugs, and guns.

"We recognize that the community has been violated," Ogg said, "and I want to assure my fellow Houstonians and other residents of Harris County that we are getting to the truth. You've heard Chapter 1. Each day, we uncover more, and with each fact we work toward doing justice. The breach of the public trust gives us great pause in this case, because our democracy depends on the public's trust of law enforcement and the courts."

It seems premature, to say the least, to conclude that officers who for years worked alongside a cop as corrupt as Goines seems to have been bear no responsibility for what looks like a pattern of dishonesty and shoddy work. Even if we focus on their actions the day of the raid, the "hero" label that Acevedo says they still deserve hardly seems apt. According to the official police account, these officers broke into the house without warning and immediately killed the couple's dog with a shotgun, setting off an exchange of gunfire that killed the residents and injured four officers, including Goines, who according to Ogg had falsely portrayed Tuttle as a dangerous character who routinely carried an apparently nonexistent 9mm semi-automatic pistol in his waistband.

"Mr. Tuttle shot at them," Acevedo said on Friday. "Nothing in the evidence shows he did not shoot these officers." Actually, an independent forensic examination of the house commissioned by Nicholas' family has cast doubt on the HPD's claim that Tuttle fired at the officers with a .357 Magnum revolver as they entered.

Michael Maloney, a retired supervisory special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, also found evidence that contradicted the claim that police shot Nicholas because they saw her reaching for the shotgun carried by the first officer through the door as he sat on a couch where he had collapsed after being hit by gunfire. Maloney found that Nicholas "was fatally struck by a bullet from a weapon fired outside the Harding Street Home by a person shooting from a position where the shooter could not have seen Ms. Nicholas at the time she was fatally shot."

Nor is it clear that the wounded officers were all struck by rounds from the revolver. After the raid, Acevedo responded indignantly to the suggestion that the officers might have been hit by friendly fire, and the HPD has refused to answer questions on that point. "As far as who is responsible for those officers' injuries," Ogg said on Friday, "the Texas Rangers have assisted us in that portion of the investigation" and "their findings will be presented to the grand jury."

Leaving all those issues aside, it is clear that the narcotics officers recklessly provoked the violence they encountered. There is no video of the raid, and Tuttle is not around to give his side of the story. But it is plausible that he did not realize the armed men who burst into his house and killed his dog, who were not wearing uniforms, were police officers. Nicholas' mother, who talked to her on the phone shortly before the raid, said she and Tuttle were about to take an afternoon nap, which suggests they were awakened by the tumult at their door and the ensuing shotgun blast around 5 p.m.

By imposing new restrictions on no-knock warrants, Acevedo has implicitly admitted that such "dynamic entries" in run-of-the-mill drug cases pose unjustified risks. On Friday he said no such warrants have been served by Houston police since the Harding Street raid, which suggests they were not necessary to begin with.

In addition to inventing a heroin purchase that never happened, Goines justified the no-knock raid with boilerplate claiming that "knocking and announcing would be dangerous, futile, or would inhibit the effective investigation of the offense." The only specific evidence he cited to support that claim was that "a weapon was observed during the narcotic investigation"—specifically, "a semi-auto hand gun of a 9mm caliber" that was supposedly seen by the nonexistent confidential informant the day before the raid but was not recovered from the house.

Houston Municipal Court Judge Gordon Marcum, who approved the no-knock warrant, had no way of knowing that Goines had invented the informant, the "controlled buy," and the handgun. But there were clues in Goines' affidavit that something fishy was going on. Although Goines claimed his warrant application was the culmination of a two-week investigation, he described Tuttle as "a white male, whose name is unknown." Apparently Goines had been investigating drug dealing at the house for two weeks, but he had not bothered to look up the names of its owners. Nor had he observed any evidence of drug dealing at the house that was worth mentioning (aside from the fictional transaction) or interviewed neighbors who had noticed suspicious activity there.

Acevedo has said Goines' "investigation" was triggered by a January 8 call in which "the mother of a young woman" reported that her daughter "was in there doing heroin." That unidentified caller, according to Acevedo, had described Tuttle and Nicholas as armed and dangerous. He said their home was known locally as "a drug house" and "a problem location," a claim that has been contradicted by neighbors in interviews with the local press.

While there is a record of the call to which Acevedo referred, it contains no details about the nature of the complaint. The Houston Chronicle reports that the genesis of Goines' investigation was "a tip scrawled on a yellow legal pad" by one of the officers who responded to the January 8 call but found no evidence of criminal activity. It looks like that piece of paper was the sole justification for the deadly raid that came two weeks later.

Michael Doyle, a lawyer hired by Nicholas' mother and brother, has cited evidence of lax supervision that allowed the raid to proceed. When informants provide "specific information about criminal activities," their identity "is required to be documented and readily accessible to police managers," Doyle noted in a July 25 petition seeking to depose Narcotics Division supervisors. "HPD's managers knew from the beginning that there was no documented [confidential informant] significant meeting record in its files supporting the assault on the Harding Street Home."

Acevedo, who became Houston's police chief in 2016 after a checkered history with the California Highway Patrol and the Austin Police Department, bears ultimate responsibility for this disaster and the supervisory practices that enabled it. The fact that he continues to describe the officers who killed Tuttle and Nicholas as "heroes," while tarring the couple as dangerous drug dealers despite the lack of evidence against them, suggests he cannot be trusted to get the Houston Police Department's house in order.

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  1. “I still think they’re heroes,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says of the narcotics officers who shot and killed Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas during a fraudulent drug raid at their Harding Street home on January 28.

    “I would hire a million of those kind of heroes”

    1. They could be The Seven’s redshirts.

      1. She’s HAWT.

      2. I can understand why.

    2. Hey, is there anyway to read the content online without get swept away to another page by some disgusting pop up mid sentence?

    3. Someone, anyone tell this half a Chief to shut his mouth. He is a major disgrace to Houston. He needs to be fired and sent to his next city. We know your past Art Acevedo AND your future looks just as sketchy. “Hero”, I’ve heard it all. Your reds conferences are a joke. You stand up there and ramble on and on, can’t even keep your lies straight. What an embarrassment. A hero, let’s think about this…..are you perhaps thinking of all the officers in Philadelphia or all the officers that uphold the laws and their badge? That actually are GOOD for their city. Someone FIRE HIM.

  2. Maloney found that Nicholas “was fatally struck by a bullet from a weapon fired outside the Harding Street Home by a person shooting from a position where the shooter could not have seen Ms. Nicholas at the time she was fatally shot.”

    Not only are the law enforcement professionals of HPD heroes but they are also deeply religious, as apparently they employ a variant of the spray and pray approach to breaching entry. Standing their ground outside the doorway whilst engaging in panic fire at both your target and your fellow overwhelming force is nothing if not heroic.

  3. “was fatally struck by a bullet from a weapon fired outside the Harding Street Home by a person shooting from a position where the shooter could not have seen Ms. Nicholas at the time she was fatally shot.”

    The Ruby Ridge school of marksmanship – – – –

    1. They shot the dog first then used the people’s reaction to seeing their dog shot as the excuse to summarily execute them.
      First shot fired at Ruby Ridge was USMS Art Roderick shooting the dog.
      First shots fired at Waco were the dog team “neutralizing” the dogs in a fenced in enclosure. Not all the ATF units brought in on the raid were advised the dog team would be shooting the dogs. So you plan to initiate gunfire with one team and have another team expecting gunfire to be the otherside shooting first.
      I suspect it is an unrecorded policy to shoot pets to have an excuse to escalate to summary execution if or when the targets react.
      They’ve already decided these are bad people who deserve no quarter.
      I had hoped they had learned something from Ruby Ridge and Waco. Apparaently they learned the wrong lesson.

      1. Oklahoma City didn’t teach anyone anything about Ruby Ridge or Waco. I don’t know why you would think the events themselves are paid any special attention.

  4. “reviewing more than 14,000 cases it has generated”

    14,000 cases by one squad?!? There’s your problem.

    1. Group of hammers.

  5. So the cops were shot at by a .357 revolver that was not evidence, firing bullets that were not evidence, and no officer’s medical reports mention .357 projectiles.
    Excellent report, men, all bases (and asses) covered.

    Maybe they were lying in ambush with the ice bullets from ‘Three Days of the Condor’, and ate the gun before being executed.

    1. There’s no ice bullet in ‘Three Days of the Condor’

      1. Yes, there was. The concept appears early in the movie. It was a hypothesis offered by the protagonist (Redford) to explain the absence of projectile evidence in a book one of his co workers was reading.

        1. So the ice bullet was a fantasy, even in the movie world. I can’t see how it would work – being fired from a gun heats the bullet and puts a lot of stress on it, and ice is not very strong.

          But this case requires an ice _gun_, which is much less plausible.

    2. It’s thought that this was a Serpico hit on one or more of the squad officers with the Tuttles being the patsys.

  6. Of course they are heroes — they paid their union dues!

  7. We need to find a way to attract a better class of people to law enforcement. Better education, better judgment, better training, better temperament, better intelligence, better character, better accountability.

    Enthusiastic drug warriors should be ineligible for public employment.

    1. Or, you know, surrender the drug war.

    2. Accountability would be a good start.

    3. Prohibit them from initiating force.

    4. Finally, a not retarded comment from you.

      Here’s your Scooby snack.

      1. Not so fast. He’s not saying that the authoritarians should be reduced. Good ol’ Rev is just saying we need ‘the right authoritarians”.

    5. They’ve already shown they don’t want intelligent cops. Guy got turned down for a cop job because he was too smart and he sued. The court upheld it.

  8. Acevedo insisted that the other officers who participated in the raid had “acted in good faith” and killed the couple and their dog for their completely legal and reasonable reaction to the unannounced invasion of their home in the middle of the night. in self-defense.


    1. Oops, they were sleeping, but it was not the middle of the night.

      1. Must have run out of cocaine.

        1. I hate when that happens.

  9. Sergeant Shultz earned that position, he saw nothing and he knows nothing but that’s no reason to infer that he shouldn’t be in a position where seeing nothing and knowing nothing is a handicap. “I had no idea, nobody told me” is a perfectly legitimate excuse for just about any failure by a government employee.

  10. It wouldn’t be a fraudulent drug raid if the cops would’ve planted some drugs there.
    Didn’t these guys learn anything while they were at the Houston Police Academy?

    1. My guess is the guy who was supposed to plant the drugs was one of the guys who got shot and he forgot to do his job.

  11. Nor is it clear that the wounded officers were all struck by rounds from the revolver.

    What revolver? Seriously, there is no revolver in evidence. What fucking revolver?

    1. I think the revolver WAS in evidence. It’s the 9mm that the non-existent Ci didn’t see that triggered the necessity for the no-knock raid that was missing from the evidence list.

      1. Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought I saw a seizer list that failed to show a .357/.38 revolver on it. I looked again and can’t find that document, but looked at earlier Reason stories that state there is a revolver seized from the house. My bad.

        1. They did make a big deal of parading as seizure trophies the man’s two ordinary rifles and two ordinary shotguns that were not fired in the raid.

          1. Never been fired, only dropped once!

        2. Seized immediately after the Houston PD raid on Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, 7815 Harding St, Houston TX, 28 Jan 2018:
          _ the body of the dog shotgunned by the raid officer who fired the first shot
          _ the body of Rhogena Nicholas who tried to grab officer’s shotgun after her husband wounded him for shooting their dog
          _ the body of Dennis Tuttle shot for shooting the officer who had shot his dog and then shot at the other officers after they shot his wife for trying to disarm the wounded dog shooter
          _ a six shot .357 revolver used by Tuttle to wound four of the five raiding officers for killing his dog and his wife.

          Separate search and seizure list. Inventoried after the separate warranted search of the house:
          _ 20-gauge Beretta ALS shotgun
          _ 12-gauge Remington 1100 shotgun
          _ Remington 700 bolt-action rifle
          _ .22-caliber Winchester 190 semi-automatic rifle
          _ approximately 18 grams of marijuana
          _ approximately 1.5 grams of an unknown white powder

          The two shotguns and two rifles are listed in the inventory for the search of the house; they are separate from the items seized initially which apparently included the revolver he routinely kept loaded for self defense. The long guns – common hunting makes and models – were found during the search of the house and were not in plain view.

          Neither list included the heroin or the 9mm semi-auto handgun described in the original search warrant.

          When the investigators for the family of the deceased surveyed the house, they found a lot of forensic evidence left behind by the police searches, including .223 rifle, .45 ACP pistol and 12ga shotgun fired casings, bloody cloths, a human tooth, etc.

          In contrast, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in shooting reviews (such as the shoot-out involving officers Jones & Brown against the Houston Brothers) map the location of every fired casing at the crime scene, tag and bag each casing as evidence, and later testfire the seized guns to establish ejection patterns and to reconstruct the sequence of events. The goal being to establish what happened, not to cover up for anyone.

  12. They were not heroes in this incident. The best you could say of them is that they were dupes. Dupes with hair triggers.

  13. By imposing new restrictions on no-knock warrants, Acevedo has implicitly admitted that such “dynamic entries” in run-of-the-mill drug cases pose unjustified risks.

    I’m not so sure I’d necessarily believe that what they actually do is any better.

    Head of local drug task force tells me they don’t do no-knock warrants because they don’t want the supposed drug dealers to think they are being robbed. They do knock and announce. When I heard that I was encouraged, until after I asked for more info.

    Me: So does that mean you don’t do things like show up at a person’s house at 5AM specifically because you expect them to be sleeping, knock once, shout “police search warrant”, and then bust down the door 10-15 seconds later well before the person would reasonably be expected to respond to your knock?

    Narc squad: Yes we sometimes do search warrants that way. Its not a no-knock because we knock and announce who we are and why we are there.

    From the Cops/Judge side of things I suppose that yes there is a legal difference in the two processes.

    From the point of view of whoever’s home is being invaded, coming at an unusual hour and not being given a chance to comply before your house is assaulted, there is little difference.

    1. and then bust down the door 10-15 seconds later well before the person would reasonably be expected to respond to your knock?

      10-15 seconds is a lifetime compared to how most of these raids are executed. It’s usually “Poli-*battering ram smash* ce!”

  14. “The purpose of the broader investigation of Gerald Goines’ past cases and of the squad’s ties to these 14,000 different cases is…to determine if this was a single act by rogue officers or whether it’s part of a greater and pre-existing problem in that squad or that division.”

    “Judges have handed down more than fifteen thousand man years of incarceration based on my investigations…”

    1. How much does it cost the taxpayer to incarcerate one man for a year?

      Gerald Goines has two unjustified felony murders to his discredit. How many unjustified man years of incarceration is on his account?
      Shouldn’t this concern the taxpayers of Houston?

  15. Sure some of the officers were duped into this invasion but it would be smarter to just say nothing instead of calling anyone a hero after being involved in this slaughter.

    1. if they mayor had any shred of integrity or an ounce of humanity or political sense

      1. – “if they mayor had any shred of integrity”

        Then he most likely would not be mayor.

  16. For fuck’s sake Sullum there was no EXCHANGE of gunfire! Stop saying that! They shot those people in cold blood! The cops all got shot by friendly fire.

    Here in Nashville the police are required to observe ‘HIGHER STANDARDS;’. They are now trained to respond ‘without force’ to mentally ill persons. The new jail being built also has a very large mental hospital ward where most mentally ill people will be directed instead of off to lengthy jail confinement. The new jail also is being built to accommodate far less prisoners as more and more non-violent offenders are given alternative sentences rather than jail confinement. We have the best law enforcement in the U.S., Also, we now have an new oversight board that helps prevent any abuse by officers. There are also other judicial innovations in place here,as well. I am not a bootlicker, but instead a police abuse survivor (multiple times). I am just reporting what I observe. Our elitist government will never allow such police misconduct. Here is an example other police departments should follow. If any officer tried these stunts here they would be ‘permanently’ out of the law enforcement business and locked up themselves. When the good law enforcement officers are advanced and allowed they will excel every time. I am sooo proud of these people and our law enforcement.
    NOTE # Unlike the other token U.S. oversight boards this one has subpoena powers.


    Nashville Police Oversight Board Launches First Investigation, Ev

    Nashville Police Oversight Board Launches First Investigation, Even Before Agreeing To All The Rules
    Nashville’s new Community Oversight Board has taken on its first official investigation, even

  18. …Ogg said on Friday, “the Texas Rangers have assisted us in that portion of the investigation” and “their findings will be presented to the grand jury.”

    Grand jury proceedings are not public so we may never know if the injuries were from friendly fire or not.

  19. no, they’re not heroes. they’re guilty of breaking and entering, home invasion, cruelty to animals, destruction of property, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, murder, making terroristic threats, and denying civil rights under color of law. They are worse than common criminals. The mayor should resign.

    1. But there is no prior case on point saying that it the police cannot initiate a raid based on false information, break down the suspects’ door, shoot the dog, shoot the suspects, and then lie about what happened in the aftermath.

      Qualified immunity!

  20. Art Acevedo is a criminal thug.

    HPD is a criminal organization.

  21. Are, like, secretaries this goddamn insanely loyal to each other? If one of my coworkers murdered someone, I don’t think anyone would have much of a problem forgetting they existed the next day.

    1. Is this Bizarro Tony? That’s two comments in a row I agree with!

    2. Members of strongly fraternal organizations, especially those with unions, have an instinct for covering for one another. Unfortunately, this applies all too often to LE organizations.

  22. Heroes? Good faith?

    Wouldn’t good faith be if all the other cops involved in the raid were charged with felony murder as well?

    If cops were held to that standard in the same way the ‘justice system’ applies it to everyone else, there would probably be a little more fact checking taking place before initiating no-knock raids in the future….

    1. If the other cops were duped by Goines’ lies, they were acting in good faith.

      If it comes out any of them knew Goines was a serial fabricator, in a just world, they would be held equally guilty.

      It should be a crime to obey an unlawful order as a police officer. For the record, I consider Guy Gabaldin and Hugh Thompson to be true war heroes and models to emulate. In the class I attended on the UCMJ, if given an order that violated the US Constitution, military regulations, or the UCMJ, you were obligated to raise a question and if the answer was wonky, to resign your commission as an officer or mutiny as an enlisted man. If you knowingly obeyed an unlawful order, you were guilty of a war crime. Even bad judgement short of war crime was supposed to be questioned; you can find US Navy logs “order obeyed under protest” countersigned “protest duely noted”; my brother-in-law’s infantry unit mutinied against a dumb order by a new commander to march into an ambush and were eventually exonerated. Police should have that option as well.

      1. Do you really doubt that at least some, if not all of these officers knew Goines’ “methodology.” Sure they didn’t.

        1. Absent compelling evidence, what you, I or anyone else might or might not doubt is (or at least ought to be) irrelevant when you’re talking about charging someone with murder.

  23. The reason police are not in the Constitution.
    And two people were killed for what? Like the LA shoot out some years ago, all because of paper fiat money taken from a bank that is federal jurisdiction. Why did the LAPD leave their M16s in the trunk? There was no heroic bravery just lust for killing that never can be mistaken for crime fighting. Those cops you love on TV shows are not the same as the one’s who drive around in patrol cars hating you. Tough with a gun and a badge with the full power of the DA behind them and they all share in the spoils. Crime pays.

  24. “I still think they’re heroes,”

    /face palm.

    1. That fuckstick Acevedo makes my blood boil every time I see him. As of Friday press conference he was still saying the cops had probable cause. Probable cause based on what?

      1. “Probable cause.” Like “heroes,” I don’t think Acavedo knows what that means.

        1. This is the same douchebag who announced to someone on Twitter who was giving him shit about something that he (the Tweeter) was “a coward”, that Acevedo was blocking him and that he (the Tweeter) should come to the chief’s office (you know, where the Tweeter would be disarmed and the chief would be surrounded by armed cops, and possibly armed himself) if he wanted to discuss if further.

      2. Inigo needs to tell Acevedo: “You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  25. Acevedo went full tilt boogie in the aftermath of the (“en.wikipedia.org wiki Pecan_Park_Raid”) Pecan Park Raid on the Tuttle/Nicholas couple supporting Goines and Bryant as heroes, until the evidence was overwelming Goines lied about the couple selling black tar heroin to a fictious informant. Evidence was found they bought small personal-use amounts of marihuana and cocaine but no evidence they sold drugs especially the evil demon black tar heroin Goines apparently procured from an actual dealer.

    For the sake of any innocent members of HPD Narcotics Division and Squad 15 who did their jobs without fabricating evidence, Acevedo should just. shut. up. already. He has proven himself clueless about Goines and Bryant. Further statements from him will cast doubt on all cases brought by Squad 15, HPD Narcotics, HPD traffic cops, Texas law enforcement, the entire LE of the USA and Planet Earth. If he keeps running his mouth, people will develop doubts about the integrity of the Roswell Gray Space Patrol.

    Goines used a welfare intervention request by a relative concerned over Nicholas’ private use of drugs to inflate a false claim that Tuttle/Nicholas were heroin dealers and get a warrant justifying a SWAT raid (shoot any dog that barks and use the scum dealers’ reaction to exterminate them, good riddance). Think about that before you call police to do a welfare check on a relative you are concerned about or have not heard from for a while. This is not the first time that a welfare check request led to a summary execution.

    Equal time for the other side:

    “If you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, just know we’ve all got your number now, we’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families.”
    — President of the Houston Police Officers Union, Joe Grimaldi

    1. Apparently, Acavedo is reading from the leftist and Trump playbook: When faced with overwhelming evidence that your assertion is false, double-down.

  26. Art Acevedo says, their colleagues acted “in good faith.”

    No. Acting in good faith would be standing trial knowing that you’re innocent and a jury won’t convict you of your actions. “I just did what I was told to do.” is not good faith, especially when executing people.

    1. – “Acting in good faith would be standing trial knowing that you’re innocent and a jury won’t convict you of your actions.”

      I’m not defending Acevedo or the cops in question, but I’m astounded at the naivete of that statement.

  27. I’m amused at a DA with the last name of Ogg. Hopefully she oggs the royal fuck out of these clowns with badges.

    1. “Ogg smash!”

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