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Grand Jury Indictments Paint a Picture of Deadly Deceit in Houston Narcotics Division

The charges, which grew out of a lethal 2019 raid based on a fraudulent search warrant affidavit, suggest that cops routinely built their cases on lies.

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A Harris County, Texas, grand jury has confirmed the criminal charges against six former Houston narcotics officers that District Attorney Kim Ogg announced on July 1, while adding two more counts against one of the defendants. The 17 felony charges include falsification of search warrants, fraudulent reports of drug purchases, and phony overtime claims. The indictments, which were issued on Friday, reflect the shady practices and lax supervision that enabled veteran Houston police officer Gerald Goines to instigate a deadly 2019 raid based on a drug sale that never happened.

All six defendants—three officers, two sergeants, and a lieutenant—worked for the Houston Police Department's Narcotics Division, which according to an internal audit has been plagued for years by sloppy record keeping and loose oversight. "These indictments reinforce our decision to prosecute the graft, greed and corruption in this troubled Houston Police division," Ogg said. "We look forward to presenting all of the evidence in a courtroom to a jury and the people of Harris County."

Goines, who was employed by the Houston Police Department for 34 years, already faced state murder and record tampering charges, plus federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges, in connection with the January 28, 2019, raid at 7815 Harding Street. The operation, which was authorized by a no-knock search warrant that Goines obtained based on a fictional heroin purchase, killed Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, the middle-aged couple who lived in the house, but discovered no evidence of drug dealing. The new charges against Goines include three more record tampering counts related to falsification of search warrants, each punishable by six months to two years in jail, and one count of stealing public money by claiming overtime for hours he did not actually work, punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

Former officer Steven Bryant already faced state and federal record tampering charges for backing up Goines' story that a confidential informant had bought heroin from Tuttle. He has now been indicted for theft and for lying about two other purported drug purchases, one of which supposedly involved the same confidential informant who Goines initially claimed had bought heroin from Tuttle.

The other drug buy, which supposedly happened six days before the Harding Street raid, involved Hodgie Armstrong, a former narcotics officer who on July 1 was charged with lying about that transaction. The grand jury added a theft charge and another record tampering charge, related to a false confidential informant form.

Sgt. Clemente Reyna faces three counts of tampering with a government record based on false statements similar to the ones Bryant is accused of making. In December 2018, for example, Reyna claimed to have witnessed Goines' payment to a confidential informant for a drug purchase. Prosecutors say cellphone location data show that meeting never happened, and the informant identified by Goines—again, the same person who supposedly bought heroin from Tuttle—denied participating. Reyna is also charged with theft.

Sgt. Thomas Wood is likewise accused of falsely claiming to have witnessed Goines' payment to a confidential informant, this one in October 2017. Prosecutors say the informant—once again, the same person Goines named during the investigation of the Harding Street raid—denied making the purchase that Goines described, and cellphone data showed Wood could not have observed it in any case. Wood, like Bryant, Goines, Armstrong, and Reyna, is also charged with theft.

Lt. Robert Gonazales is charged with misapplication of fiduciary property, a felony punishable by up to two years in jail, for "reckless handling" of the police department's money. Prosecutors say he violated department rules by approving thousands of dollars in confidential informant payments by Goines and Officer Felipe Gallegos after they had already been made and/or without laboratory testing of the drugs used as evidence in those cases.

More charges are expected. "The new charges show a pattern and practice of lying and deceit," Ogg said on July 1. "Goines and others could never have preyed on our community the way they did without the participation of their supervisors; every check and balance in place to stop this type of behavior was circumvented."

Ogg's office is reviewing drug cases Goines handled and have identified at least 164 questionable convictions—including a 2004 case involving Houston native George Floyd, whose May 25 death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers triggered nationwide protests. So far two people convicted based on Goines' evidence or testimony have been declared "actually innocent."

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, who initially lauded the officers who killed Tuttle and Nicholas as "heroes" while posthumously tarring the couple as dangerous drug dealers, has said the scandalous raid did not suggest a "systemic" problem within the Narcotics Division. These charges, combined with the audit results, clearly show he was wrong.

The allegations suggest that officers such as Goines, Bryant, and Armstrong routinely built their cases on lies, while their supervisors not only looked the other way but actively participated in the deceit. The revelations imply that Acevedo, who has been presenting himself as the embodiment of police reform since George Floyd's death, either had no idea what was going on in his department or did not want the public to know.

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  1. The shooting report. We want the shooting report of the incident.

    1. I thought we got the shooting report.

      Bullets were discharged, people were hit, someone died from lack of oxygen to the brain.

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      2. Facetious? Tuttle would have to be Wyatt Earp to hit five cops with five bullets, but that’s what we’re lead to believe.

        1. He used magic homing bullets that turn around and hit the target from the back.

          1. The cops did have “something” else. They had the fraudulent phone call by a psycho jealous neighbor who thought Rhogena Tuttle smiled at her boyfriend too much. The Tuttles were also undoubtedly the only white people on that street, in a neighborhood that is 92% Hispanic, and with a police force that is majority minority, so the commenter who says the only reason there are charges is because the victims are white needs their head examined. The only reason there are charges is because there is demonstrable proof of lying on the warrant application. There are no charges currently, and there won’t be charges based on the execution of the raid, even though I believe the Tuttles did not fire first and may have not fired at all.

        2. If they were standing in a group, it would difficult. If they were each hit in their body armor as they came though the same door, it would have been easier for him to do that since they all would have been pretty much in the same spot and hitting somewhere within 4 inches of “center mass” at a range of 3-5 yards isn’t exactly a feat of extraordinary marksmanship (assuming he wasn’t already taking fire and/or hit by the time the later ones were making entry, which also seems a bit unlikely).

          If the cops knew they were there on false pretenses anyway, and trusted their armor, then using Tuttle’s gun to create those hits after the fact would also be a conceivable possibility, but there’s no chance of it being recorded that way in the official report that they wrote.

    2. Exactly. I thought there was cell phone audio of the cops shooting 30 minutes after declaring the scene secure. Or as us lesser peasants call it, manipulating the scene and planting false evidence.

      I want to know when are we charging all the cops who were present for that, because there were more who were involved. Hell, with all the shit we’re learning, Acevedo should probably be investigated as well. And if innocent, he should be without a job. He’s either clueless as to what goes on in his department or was covering for it.

  2. My shocked face is covered by my mask.

    1. You need to get yourself one of these.

      1. Nobody needs to get one of those.

  3. The only thing unusual about this is that the cops are facing charges.

    1. Right?
      No one even rioted!

    2. Only because they’re black.

      #systemicracism

      1. and because they killed white people, of course.

    3. And the only thing sorely lacking is why the judiciary and DA haven’t been put under the microscope. Probably some public defenders were in on it too.

      They were all rubber stamping these fraudlent cops – there’s no way they didn’t know what was going on.

      The feds need to step in and clean this up. Alas, it’s probably the norm throughout the country. All this accomplished is warning the rest of the cops to cover their tracks better.

      1. “They were all rubber stamping these fraudlent cops – there’s no way they didn’t know what was going on.”

        This. Zero evidence of any internal auditing or investigation of the narcotics warrant application process. How many ‘guns and drugs are here, pinky swear’ warrants did Goines apply for, they execute the warrant, don’t even find a dime bag, and then nothing?! No, “So where’s the dope, Goines? Or all of the guns these guys were supposed to have?”

        Mistakes get made, but it doesn’t look like anyone was cross-checking to see if he was making this shit up. And in a state that had the Tulia shenanigans ten years prior.

        I blame the cops on the warrant service team too. No one thought to ask ‘why we were kicking this guy’s door in?’ Hell, I saw the initial accounts and thought, “Huh?” You guys like a pair of old people, with practically no record for either of them, and one’s a retired Navy vet, for running black tar heroin? I mean, stranger things have happened, but you’re going to need more than just your say-so. A dirty family member, frequent house guest, something. Because otherwise, at best, it looks like you fucked up the address, and you’re asking us to kick the door in on Joe and Jane Public.

        A lot more people need to go away for this. A lot of them judges and people in the D.A.’s Office. And after that, call up one of the Big Four accounting firms and have them teach the police and judicial employees how to set up an internal audit system with procedural safeguards, audits, and error-checking. Yes, it will suck, and be games like CompStat, but what they’re doing now isn’t working.

    4. The buck stops there.

  4. Good thing we nipped this sort of thing in the bud while it was only a few bad apples and only in Houston.

  5. Who would have thought a narc unit could be full of corrupt jackoffs?

  6. I wonder if it feels like Christmas to the informant, or if he’s disappointed to lose his pay pals. How much of that informant money did he get?

    I can’t imagine being an informant, either from letting them blackmail me in the first place, or wanting the money enough to earn it so dangerously. But if was being blackmailed, it must feel pretty good to watch karma bite their butts. At this point, he could really screw them by denying the times he actually did what they said, and no one would believe them.

    1. The point is that this informant never existed, right? So if they ever paying the informant that money was straight into their own pockets.

      Rot in hell, Goines, along with all your friends.

    2. It appears that the same “informant” had done quite a lot of deals over some years’ time. Now it appears most of the ones he was “involved in” never happened. So the “pay” to this informant had to have gone elsewhere…… let’s see now, WHEREVER could that be……?????…./???

      The informant himself may well be a figment of the collective imaginations of all the clowns who “witnessed” those buys whie his phone was nowhere near where the action went down, ,per sworn affadavits to the contrary.
      So GOines and Copany were milking a VERY fat cow…….

      I hope they ‘have fun” in the ol CrowBar Hotel where they are headed.

  7. You know it’s a Super Sized Felony if you assault a cop, or kill a cop, or lie to a cop? Yeah. It should be the opposite. If cop vested with the responsibility and authority to “serve and protect” ends up committing felonies, should pay Super Sized Felony prices.

  8. Note none of this has anything to do with race. Some of the cops were black and some of the victims of all this white. As long as BLM is allowed to frame police reform as a racial issue rather than the abuse of power and criminal issue that it is, none of this will ever stop. You can’t solve a problem if you won’t admit what the problem is and honestly confront it.

    1. This was my biggest argument against how BLM operates…..up until the whole being openly Marxist, wanting to tear down capitalism and private property thing happened. How long has it been since you heard a serious policy proposal in regards to criminal justice reform coming out of the BLM camp?

      1. They don’t have any. The closest they have is just to empty the prisons and shut down all policing. That is a perfect recipe for the public embracing anyone who promises to end the resulting chaos and would do nothing but ensure we ended up with a worse system than we have now. BLM is the enemy of criminal justice reform.

        1. That’s the real goal isn’t it? Not to end policing and an indiscriminate, overly-punitive criminal justice system, but to get to be the one’s picking the cops and making the laws.

          1. Yes. End local police and with it local control of law enforcement. After you do that, replace it with a centralized federal police that they control and use as an instrument of oppression. It is some seriously evil shit.

          2. That is the goal, but they’re playing a pretty dangerous game. They do seem to understand that in order for them to seize power, things have to get Real Bad first. No one has a successful revolution while the average man is happy.

            They’re correct that they need to create desperation first, which is why they want to end law enforcement and release a bunch of violent criminals back into polite society. They’re gambling it gets them into power, and doesn’t instead result in a Pinochet coming along and shoving all of them out of helicopters.

            1. They are retarded. If things get desperate like they hope, the result will be something like Pinochet not the people’s Republic. They will end up with bullets in their heads fairly quickly if they ever even get close to what they want.

              1. I really hope you’re right. They’ve been winning so much support (and incredible amounts of funding) lately that it’s getting hard to predict what will happen. The fact that they have several local governments actively choosing not to enforce the law right now makes me wonder. They are getting really good at messaging between social media and corporate media being willing to hold any amount of water for them they can. Most normies in urban areas seem to be completely falling for it or scared of admitting their not cool with it.

                I’m getting really tired of trying to predict anything right now, I’m not used to being this far off all the time.

                1. Right now, I’d say Trump is going to win in a landslide, but I’m worried about the media/Democrats (but I repeat myself) trying to either rig the election or lie about who won in order to delegitimize Trump. I fully expect violence to break out after the voting results are announced because neither side believes they can lose.

                  But the left is making a huge mistake going after religious institutions. They made the same mistake in the Spanish Civil War and it resulted in the Nationalists getting a huge surge of popularity and moral high ground, while the Catholics Deus Vult’d the socialist bastards into mass graves with the pope’s blessing.

      2. Not once has BLM or “allies/activists” called for less government power

        1. Defund the Police is calling for less government power….. on it’s face. Any knowledge of the history of the 20th century will tell you that just the first step in replacing it with a far more terrifying police force.

          1. Defund the Police is calling for less government power

            No. They’re just replacing police with their own activists and changing the priorities so thoughtcrimes are the highest priority.

            1. Sooooo you agree with the rest of my post then?

              1. No one read the rest of it.

          2. which is precisely what we observed in the Seattle Zone of Insanity, that ‘summer of love” ol crazy Durk got all misty-eyed over. They wanted Seattle Police to be done away with, but they built their own “enforcers” gang within hours. They ha been hollering and demonstrating against the Border Wall, and guess what the first thing they did to their “zone” was? Ype.. put up a wall, with one entrance, which was guarded by.. a crazy rapper with a machinegun (experts I know have carefully examined the pictures of that clown’s AR and declared it to e capable of full auto fire. Nice. I want one. guess I’ll have to manfacture my own new country to get one eh? They had been hollering about surveillance on the streets of Seattle, byt the goon squads which were quickly assembled for the Zone were checking people’s ID, enforcing restrictions, etc. They became their own government, ten times as corryupt and anarchistic as Seattle’s ever will be. Pot, meet kettle. Both black.

      3. How long has it been since you heard a serious policy proposal in regards to criminal justice reform coming out of the BLM camp?

        Probably about five minutes. Defunding the police isn’t serious? It might not be serious in your head, but it’s deadly serious in the heads of many.

        1. It is also insane. And I would argue that it isn’t serious anyway. They don’t want to defund the police. They want to defund the local police and replace it with a centralized police that they control.

          1. Well of course, but those are just messy details that get hammered out in the Gulag.

          2. They should just employ the police directly through their political organization.

            No one has ever done that before, and if they did it probably went great.

    2. Yeah this crime is arguably more egregious because the victims were completely innocent whereas in the Floyd case the cops actually had a legitimate cause to arrest him.
      The Floyd case was excessive force. The Tuttle case is a full blown conspiracy, ambush and murder.

  9. It’s both amazing and disgusting the lengths so many cops will go to in order to lock up innocent people. What a bunch of deranged assholes. It’s like this is a game to them…

    1. The Stanford prison experiment was truly a microcosm of how the world really works.

      1. You mean that completely debunked story? The results have never been replicated because the experiment wasn’t an experiment, it was a demonstrations. The guards were coached, all the subjects knew what the experiment was supposed to prove and were all active participants.

        The vast majority of famous psychology studies you’ve heard of are pure bullshit.

        1. The vast majority of psychology, famous or otherwise, is pure bullshit.

          1. Since the popularization of psychology, yes.
            But Freud and Jung knew what they were talking about, for the most part, and had real insights

            1. Jung did. Freud was just an old pervert.

              1. Freud was more spot on than young, but more on a mass/evolutionary scale than individual level.
                Freud offered almost nothing as a therapist, but was a brilliant theorist.
                Jung was a much more effective people person.

                Both were simply expanding on, or clarifying, insights nietzsche had noted decades before.

                Interesting note: nietzsche predicted the split of physics as well, in his first work The Birth of Tragedy

            2. B. F. Skinner actually conducted experiments and conducted data. His sin was trying to expand the limited results he got into an complete, overarching theory that governed all of human behavior, but there’s several provable applications from his research. Well, he may have committed other sins in terms of violating ethical behavior as well, but at least he was scientific about it.

              Reinforcement is a very real concept and there’s lots of applications for it. It’s one of the few hard-standing psychological facts.

              1. The problem with Skinner and the concept of reinforcement is that humans (unlike dogs or chickens) is that we’re much more complicated so it’s often not obvious what the reward or punishment is. That’s why Skinner’s 4 quadrants don’t work very well on human beings. Actually, if you want to see them at work, just look to modern public education. Most of it is based on Skinner’s work and it’s obvious that it’s done the opposite of educate.

                1. Reinforcement is a tool. You can give a dumbass a hammer, but it doesn’t make him a carpenter.

                  You’re right there’s a bit more sophistication behind it than Skinner could admit, but a big issue is that it’s difficult to encompass what everyone wants. Not everyone wants that shitty reward you’re offering. Attention-seeking people, children especially, don’t mind punishments because they actually provide attention. Different people respond categorize these things in different ways.

                  There’s still some insights, like the way animals respond to variable-ratio reinforcements. When you don’t know how much you need to do a certain behavior to get a reward, you are driven to do it more and more. It’s linked to the psychology of addiction.

                2. “That’s why Skinner’s 4 quadrants don’t work very well on human beings. Actually, if you want to see them at work, just look to modern public education. Most of it is based on Skinner’s work and it’s obvious that it’s done the opposite of educate.”

                  I would have guessed modern casino gaming and video games.

                  1. Yup. They’ve absolutely figured out the power of variable-ratio reinforcement. There’s a methodology to getting people to act like junkies.

                3. Skinner “discovered” simpleton psychology

          2. It’s honestly criminal that something as shitty as the SPE got into psychology textbooks. There was no control group. There was no dependent variable to measure. There is zero reproducibility (the basic hallmark of science, right?). There were outright lies from the man behind it, who came into it with the goal of furthering his specific agenda.

            There’s a different sort of lesson to be taken from it-the ability to fool people, even experts in the field, using a psuedo-scientific study with a predetermined outcome. All it has to do is conform to a popular narrative.

            1. And there are a million examples of such things in real life that could be studied. The entire Holocaust was one giant SPE. And if you read about what actually happened from the people who did it, you find out that no one did anything out of some blind loyalty. Everyone who worked at a death camp was there because they volunteered and wanted to be there. As horrible as the Nazis were, they didn’t force their people to do the dirty work of mass murder. No one who didn’t want to be a part ever was. They didn’t need to force people because there are enough people who wanted to do it and volunteered.

              For some reason psychologists just can’t accept that. They think there has to be some larger systematic explanation for why people do such things. And there isn’t. But they want one and you end up with bullshit like the SPE.

        2. I’ve never heard that claim before. I could certainly see why people would think that. Can you point me to a good write up making the case?

          If you’re right, it turns out to be a microcosm of how the world really works for a whole different set of reasons.

          1. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2019-45337-001

            The Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) is one of psychology’s most famous studies. It has been criticized on many grounds, and yet a majority of textbook authors have ignored these criticisms in their discussions of the SPE, thereby misleading both students and the general public about the study’s questionable scientific validity. Data collected from a thorough investigation of the SPE archives and interviews with 15 of the participants in the experiment further question the study’s scientific merit. These data are not only supportive of previous criticisms of the SPE, such as the presence of demand characteristics, but provide new criticisms of the SPE based on heretofore unknown information. These new criticisms include the biased and incomplete collection of data, the extent to which the SPE drew on a prison experiment devised and conducted by students in one of Zimbardo’s classes 3 months earlier, the fact that the guards received precise instructions regarding the treatment of the prisoners, the fact that the guards were not told they were subjects, and the fact that participants were almost never completely immersed by the situation. Possible explanations of the inaccurate textbook portrayal and general misperception of the SPE’s scientific validity over the past 5 decades, in spite of its flaws and shortcomings, are discussed. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

            1. Even fifteen years ago, when I was first learning about it and it was still being breathlessly repeated as dogma, there was a story circulating from one of Zimbardo’s grad students about it.

              He claimed he’d been interested when he’d heard about it, so he asked Zimbardo, “So what are your measured variables? And what do you do for a control group?” Zimbardo told him to shut the fuck up.

              1. I don’t know why people refer to the Stanford Prison Experiment as an example of how people can become awful in the right circumstances.

                We have Twitter for that.

                1. +1,000,000

            2. Thanks for link. I haven’t thought about this that much since I learned about it in freshman psych. I’m still surprised that it didn’t occur to me earlier that the whole thing does seem to be just a little to conveniently fantastic.

          2. https://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/18606-stanford-prison-experiment-fake

            https://gen.medium.com/the-lifespan-of-a-lie-d869212b1f62

            I mean, even if you take the researcher at his own word, he’s pointed out that his work was more of a “demonstration” than an “experiment” given the complete lack of scientific rigor. When you add in the fact that he was coaching the guards on how to act and lying to the prisoners, you learn he’s a completely huckster.

          3. https://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/18606-stanford-prison-experiment-fake

            I mean, even if you take the researcher at his own word, he’s pointed out that his work was more of a “demonstration” than an “experiment” given the complete lack of scientific rigor. When you add in the fact that he was coaching the guards on how to act and lying to the prisoners, you learn he’s a completely huckster.

            1. Professor emeritus at Stanford. Multiple successful authored texts.

              If you’re going to lie, tell big ones, to the right people.

              1. He also got classified as an expert witness to testify in trial of one of the Abu Ghraib defendants. Because, hey, setting up a fake prison experiment with questionable data makes him completely qualified to talk about that shit.

  10. maybe systemic racism isn’t the real problem

  11. The revelations imply that Acevedo, who has been presenting himself as the embodiment of police reform since George Floyd’s death, either had no idea what was going on in his department or did not want the public to know.

    So he’s either a liar or completely incompetent.

    1. Probably both.

      1. He is a government official so this is a safe bet.

      2. That’s where my money’s at.

  12. While disgusting there isn’t much new information and reason koch libs seem desperate for some bad cop news. I guess when the cops say fuck it and pull back except for 911 calls there’s more crime (which reason ignores) and less policing (which reason likes but must dredge up old articles).

    So when crime moves into the suburbs and the shooting starts, I guess reason will be there reporting on the bad behavior of soccer moms with rifles.

    1. Fuck you. This story deserves a lot more attention than it’s gotten. And if cops pull back from phony warrants, no knock raids and murder I don’t see a problem. There was never a crime here except crimes committed by cops.

      1. Even fifteen years ago, when I was first learning about it and it was still being breathlessly repeated as dogma, there was a story circulating from one of Zimbardo’s grad students about it.

        Of course. The alternative is admitting their profession doesn’t understand much of anything and thus is of little use.

        1. ” The alternative is admitting their profession doesn’t understand much of anything and thus is of little use.”

          Yeah, go back to calling them alienists.

      2. This story deserves a lot more attention than it’s gotten.

        This story has gotten 50 times more press than a hundred other stories almost identical to it. It’s amazing how little press follow up there is when the issue doesn’t serve the desired political narrative. The good news it that this event’s “stickiness” may show the public is ready for this, but the bad news is that BLM has already changed the subject away from police brutality so it’ll probably get lost in the chaos again.

        1. If there’s 100 other stories out there of people murdered based on a bogus drug warrant, I want to hear about them. The closest thing that’s been in the news is Breonna Taylor, and you can’t say that story is being buried.

          The big issue at play there is that there’s no murder charge in the offing. The officers who served the warrant weren’t the ones who requested it, so they didn’t create the situation. They also might have had probable cause to search the apartment, but forcing entry into that location was definitely unnecessary.

          1. There is no such thing as probable cause to search your residence, that only works for your person (while outside your home) or your vehicle.

            If they want to search your residence they need a search warrant or have reason to believe someone is in mortal danger inside and requires their immediate intervention (exigent circumstances).

            1. Since I have no edit button: they can also search if they observe criminal activity from outside. If they knock on your door, you open it and they see contraband they can now search as it relates to the contraband.

              1. You have to demonstrate probable cause in an affidavit to get a warrant, as I understand it. That’s what I meant-the warrant might have been legally justified, except for the “we’re going to bust down the door” element of it.

                But the officers requested that as a blanket condition for all their warrants, and they got a judge to sign off on it.

          2. The closest thing that’s been in the news is Breonna Taylor,

            That’s the closest thing also in the news this minute. But as soon as I write “in the news” you should understand we aren’t talking about reality. We’re talking about only the tiny subset of events that fit the media agenda.

            But you’re wrong about the numbers. This shit has been going on for decades, but it’s usually covered only locally without much follow up except here on Reason. Even left wing sites aren’t much interested because I Hate Republicans is their only priority. They only cover events which feed their narrative which excludes most of these since most cities where this happens are completely controlled by Dems.

            1. That’s all well and good, but if you have evidence, by all means, give us some fucking examples. We all want to stop police from breaking into homes and murdering innocent people.

              1. Sure. I make lists because it’s my job to educate idiots.

                1. So you’re complaining about the fact that we’re talking about prominent case of police corruption that results in death. You tell us that we’re focusing too much on this story because there’s hundreds of these stories. You don’t bother to list a single example-the only other example in this discussion is the one I brought up.

                  What the fuck is your point?

                  1. You tell us that we’re focusing too much on this story because there’s hundreds of these stories.

                    I understand the problem now, you lack reading comprehension.

                2. If there’s another case you think needs more focus and attention, I’d be delighted if you brought it to my attention. I’m really not close-minded about this at all.

                  I just want you to explain WHY focusing on the details of this case is a bad thing. Someone is actually trying to clean house in HPD’s narcotics division, and they wouldn’t be able to unless there was sufficient public outcry about it. After so much time spent pointing out how hard it is to hold police accountable, we should be throwing a parade to hear that six officers have been indicted, with possibly more to come.

    2. This deserves a lot of attention. Can’t we have cops who do their jobs and also don’t frame people? Is that too much to ask?

    3. I don’t know why you feel it’s important we ignore good, clear stories of bad cop behavior just because the BLM narrative is retarded. There’s lots of room for criticizing the police, pointing out corruption and demanding reform without wanting to eliminate international borders or “defunding the police”.

      If you refuse to report on stories which make the police look bad, you’re no different than a CNN correspondent standing in front of a burning city block declaring the protests “peaceful”.

  13. Thanks again Jacob for staying on this story.

  14. …for “reckless handling” of the police department’s money.

    The real unforgivable act.

    1. It’s probably the motive behind everything. I’m guessing Goines was eager to investigate any sniff of a suspect drug crime so he could “pay” his imaginary informant (in order to pocket money himself) to make a drug buy. Obviously Goines didn’t want to actually buy the heroin himself because he wanted to keep the money.

      In order to justify the fact that he’d been taking money from the department he had to say he’d bought shit to get a warrant. And if they bust in and find pot but no heroin, nobody gives a shit, let’s just arrest these people anyway. He also claim he saw a 9mm gun (the most common type of handgun) and it gives him a chance to bust inside the house and begin criminal asset forfeiture; in this case, probably pocketing any loose cash he finds in the home.

      Hang this motherfucker.

  15. Again–sadly–there is no mention of the DAs and judges that were accesories to these crimes.

    1. There’s an inverse correlation between amount of power and accountability. Despite how powerful cops feel with that baton in their hand and that gun by their side, the really powerful still see them as quite expendable. There’s going to be a lot of cops to throw under the bus before we ever get to having a conversation about the role DA’s and judges play in the game.

  16. Are they still paying dues?

  17. This is brilliant reporting. Unfortunately, once the fix is in and the lawmakers bribed, nobody gives a rat’s ass how many innocents are murdered in the payoffs. As soon as Volstead enforcement sent men with guns after weak beer, warety wine and even real liquor, they immediately murdered cords of people who responded by killing the narcs. By the mid-20s close to 2000 were recorded and bribery was the alternative–until prosecutor Willebrandt got a ruling forcing dirty cops to rat on each other. Only when fines, padlockings and asset forfeiture wrecked the banking system did bankers turn on the yeast and glucose trust. THOSE indictments and the Liberal Party repeal plank repealed the 18th Amendment. Recovery was incomplete because the Harrison act and income tax Amendment survived. Moral: money talks, christian holocausts keep on going until votes, not tears, repeal cruel laws.

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  19. PIGS LIE every single day, in every single jurisdiction in the country. Prosecutors too.

  20. Cops playing fast and loose with the law? Say it isn’t so Joe, say it isn’t so, or on the other hand, what else is new? Oh by the way, there are, or used to be some honest cops, possibly a lot of them.

  21. The bearing of false witness agsinat another is one of the prohibited activites named in the bible. SO is theft, the taking of something not rughtfully yours.

    that book also prescribes penalties for both.

    For lying about someone, the one perpetrating the lie (false witness) MUST bear the punishment the accused got because the lie was believed, OR the punishment the accused WOULD HAVE GOTTEN had the lie been believed. So whether the accused actually suffers harm or not, the punishment for the bearer of false witness is the same. THIS is what needs to happen to these lying coppers.

    As to theft, if the thief decides to return the solen goods/money BEFORE he is found out, he must repay the amount stolen at double what was taken. If the thief decides to continue his fraud, and is later caught, he MUST repay FOUR TIMES what he took. So all these coppers who took money dishonestly should repay FOUR TIMES what they bilked the people of Houston out of.

    As to Goines and his trigger happy sidekicks, they ALL must suffer the death penalty, as two innocents died because of their lives and theft.
    Only when this sort of thing starts happening wil it even think abot slowing dow let alone stopping.

  22. The fact that Art Acevedo is still Houston police chief tells you how much the Democrats who run Houston are concerned with police corruption.

    1. Or that he got the job in the first place. Not like his CHP or APD tenure covered him in glory. ‘Art Anderson’, white guy, probably doesn’t make the cut.

    2. I’m to understand that Democrats are responsible both for a breakdown of law and ordeR in cities and too much police abuse. Fuck they can’t win can they?

  23. Cop resistance to changes in cop rules is surely not because they love the physical exercise they get busting drug users. Gotta protect the hive of villainy they feel suits their personality types so well.

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  26. Acevedo is an idiot. His tenure at HPD has been marked by self-serving public statements that routinely backfire when the facts come out. Not that HPD was any paragon of policing before he got there.
    Kim Ogg is no saint either. Her office stubbornly continues to defend the conviction of a murder suspect who was undeniably in Louisiana at his sister’s wedding at the time the murder was committed in Houston.

  27. Now if only someone in the media other than local outlets and Reason would pay some kind of attention to this story.

    Daily Beast actually mentioned it in passing a month or so back, but it only came up because apparently Goines also arrested George Floyd in 2004, possibly using planted evidence or some other false pretense.

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