Friday, November 20, 2009

But He Didn't Fire the FATAL Shot

For some reason, the Pardon Board, and of course the Houston Chronicle wanted Governor Rick Perry to spare the life of Robert Lee Thompson. Thompson and another man were on a robbing spree back in 1996 in Houston. They robbed a store in which two clerks were shot, one fatally. The other man fired the fatal shot, but for some reason the jury couldn't be convinced that the robber intended to kill the clerk when he fired at him. The article states that the prosecution failed to prove the element of intent. I guess nobody heard of the element of knowing. Anyhow, the article harps on the fact that Thompson didn't fire the fatal shot. I guess as long as he didn't actually kill the clerk that Thompson doesn't deserve the death penalty. Even though he shot the other clerk four times and tried to shoot him again in the neck but he was out of ammunition. I guess that kind of person doesn't deserve the death penalty in the eyes of the Chronicle. The article also says that Thompson and his buddy targeted stores that Thompson felt "were exploitative of blacks." That means Thompson targeted stores ran by immigrants so shouldn't that be a hate crime? Yet, he didn't fire the actual fatal shot so the Chronicle and the board of pardons (for some odd reason) felt this worthless piece of trash should be spared.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Houston Wants it Both Ways

Apparently the City of Houston wants it both ways.

First of all, the city goes to the state legislature to make running a red light a civil infraction rather than a criminal one. The purpose of this is to reduce the level of proof in order to issue citations to generate revenue. The plan gets enacted and the citations are practically flying through the mail. Also ticketed are emergency workers (i.e. police, firefighters, and EMTs). I'm not talking about the emergency vehicle operators who ran red lights with no cause. I'm referring to the instances where emergency vehicles were cited for running the red lights while running priority calls. The citation would arrive at the agency owning the vehicle and more often than not the operator would have to pay the citation or challenge it on their own time. This was annoying to emergency workers who said in frustration they would quit running emergency traffic to life threatening calls out of fear of getting a red light citation from the city of Houston. This year the state legislature slapped Houston by passing legislation that forbade red light citations to the owners of emergency vehicles (however they can still send notice to the agency and let them deal with the matter internally).

For the past couple of years, the city of Houston has been trying to work a deal with Harris County to block the registration of vehicles with outstanding red light violations. What many people probably didn't know until this article came out was that there are outstanding toll road violations due to city owned vehicles. The city tried to say that the individual operators alone were responsible for the violations. The exact same procedure other agencies used when they got the red light citations. Just like the red light citations, toll violations come into the mail to the registered owner (the city). Sounds like they just passed it off and let the matter lie. How many registered car owners had to appear in municipal court saying they no longer had the vehicle, or let someone else drive it and the judge said no? With this embarrassing little piece the city is now stating they will handle the outstanding fines and better monitor their people. Does this mean they will be more sympathetic to registered vehicle owners who appear in municipal court? Doubt it!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

In Remembrance

It was two years ago today I got a phone call about Deputy Jason Norling being struck by a careless driver while on a traffic stop. That was a terrible day for many people. I will never forget his fascination with the Vampire Chroincles and the long discussion we had about it. Rest in Peace Jason!

ODMP tribute here

Cantinas Important in Houston?

I came across this article on Channel 13 Houston's website. It tells of a cantina in the Heights neighborhood that the residents are complaining about. La Bola Loca is another of many cantinas that litter Houston. Residents have been complaining to the Houston Police Dept. and Mayor Bill White's office yet the bar remains open. Residents probably weren't that surprised when two people were shot outside that bar recently.

"So we went in there about 3am one morning. There were prostitutes and they propositioned us. So it was real straight forward. There was no secrecy behind it. It was pretty clear what was going on. We bought beer at 3:30am in the morning like the TABC requested that we do," said Josh Judd."

Don't depend on TABC.

"There is no prostitution, there is no drugs, nothing," said Martin Arguta (owner)."

He is lying!

"If this place had prostitution, it would be closed already, because we have visits from TABC, the police very often. They checked, everything is OK," said Aguta."

Again he is lying and I will tell you why. For years there was a cantina that we tried to get closed. We busted people coming out drunk at 7 in the morning! Half of them had cocaine. Many of them had no identification and were not old enough to enter a bar legally! Despite the number of arrests made, the number of complaints made with TABC little was ever done. Eventually the cantina closed, but is no open under a new name. So pardon me if I don't have a lot of faith in TABC to shut down a cantina.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Police Shootings Up in Harris County

The Houston Chronicle is back on its rant about police shootings. Today we have this article about how shootings by law enforcement in Harris County have risen this year. According to the article, as of September 24, there have been 44 police shootings in Harris County. This has already surpassed the total number of police shootings for the last two years. Read the explanations offered by our community.

First, HPOU President Gary Blankenship cited the end of the city's paid overtime program. He also cites rising unemployment due to the state of the economy as of late. I can understand that. However, maybe I'm being naive but not everyone who is out of a job is out committing a crime. We're hearing that excuse from people however it's from the people who were out screwing up when the economy was good.

Next we have our very own media appointed community activist (I still have yet to see what community he has made a difference in) Quanell X. Of course he won't change. He wants to see more officers charged regardless of the facts. He still makes his living jumping in front of a camera although he is more careful since the Joe Horn incident.

Next was a shock. Spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office Donna Hawkins blames permissive gun laws!!!! What???? No disrespect to Ms. Hawkins, but what planet is she living on? Or was she reading a bad script? She was quoted as "if more people have the access and it becomes easier to carry them, there tends to be more shooting and more situations involving police officers." I really hate to repeat myself. Remember when Texas first enacted the concealed handgun laws? Everyone was screaming that Texas would be the wild west and guess what? It didn't happen! When the legislature changed the gun laws to essentially make carrying a handgun in one's car legal that changed nothing. I wonder if anyone at the DA's office realize that criminals will always carry weapons illegally. Criminals break the law, that's what they do. The law abiding citizen, even armed, will not present a threat to a police officer. Does the DA's office realize it is already illegal for felons, gang members, illegal immigrants to have guns? Apparently not because I know of an incident in which a stolen car with six illegal immigrants was stopped. A ski mask, a pistol, and a shotgun were found and the DA's office only charged one person with a weapon charge and let the rest go! Maybe if the DA's office would quit declining good cases for ridiculous reasons that could help the police a little bit.

Next comes a Sam Houston State University researcher who comments about the numbers. Out of respect for my alma mater all I'm going to say is do a few ride-a-longs and see what the streets are like instead of looking at numbers and coming up with theories.

Next we hear from JoAnne Musick, President of the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is a former public integrity prosecutor (and a very good attorney). She said she wondered if the shootings are a "lingering effect from police confrontations with criminals mixed with the wave of Hurricane Katrina refugees.." The Katrina people aren't as numerous as they were in 2006, but some of them are still here and occasionally they still make the news as getting in trouble with the law, or involved in crimes. Ms. Musick has a better understanding of officer-involved shooting than the District Attorney's office apparently. She also cited the stress of limited back up and single man patrols. I would agree that limited back up can be stressful. However single man patrols are the norm around here. Remember this incident where the officer was ambushed? With people like these running around naturally police are going to be more cautious. She quotes the old proverb perception is reality. When an officer perceives a threat he/she will react accordingly and that reaction will have to be documented and reviewed. One thing people need to understand the best way not to elicit a reaction from a police officer is not to do anything threatening, or that maybe perceived as so. However many people feel they can challenge the police without any consequence (and sometimes they are right thanks to the District Attorney's office refusal to prosecute many cases of officers being assaulted).

The article concludes with the HPOU President citing that many people shot are under the influence of some substance and/or mentally ill. Sadly this is true to an extent. People under the influence are emboldened to act out against their families and the police. People with mental issues can act out presenting a danger to themselves and others and the police have to deal with them. However, contrary to the wishes of some in the mental health community and the media police are not going to lay down and get injured or killed because the intent is not there.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

MLK a Republican?

Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle has an opinion piece in the Houston Chronicle regarding the billboards in Houston declaring Martin Luther King was a republican.

Read the article and of course the whole ad is painted as nonsense. However the dirty little secret is that there is some truth to this. Let's review some facts shall we?

It was the democratic party who attempted to filibuster the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

In cities with a large black population that live in poverty and crime, which political party rules it? That's right! Democratic!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Good Luck With This One!

Long story short:

14-year old gets kidnapped in San Antonio and brought to Corpus Christi. Said, teen girl is forced to work at a strip club with a fake ID.

A club manager is arrested and charged with employment harmful to a minor.

Now, the club is suing the kidnapper, the teenage girl, and her parents!

The club (The Cheetah Club) wants "The suit seeks unspecified damages from Campbell (the kidnapper), the girl and her parents, as well as a declaration from a judge that it did not intend to hire a minor."

We’re the victims here,” Alan Yaffe, attorney for the club said.

Obviously the club is grasping at straws here. I have to wonder did the attorney or his clients consider for a moment there might be a negative backlash to this?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

UFO in La Porte?

I found this on Coast to Coast's web site. A listener found this picture taken over Main Street in La Porte in 1915. He feels the object in the sky (circled) is a UFO. What do you think?

Monday, April 13, 2009

RIP To Heroic Firefighters

Rest in Peace Houston firefighters James Harlow and Damian Hobbs. You and your bravery will never be forgotten!

Friday, March 27, 2009

More Bad Ideas From Harris County DA

Something has to be wrong when I find myself agreeing with a defense attorney again! The Houston Chronicle has an article about the Harris County District Attorneys Office's plan to force some defendants to go to trial to get their rookie prosecutors some trial experience. Well, some problems with that;

Will the District Attorney be trying some of these cases herself since she has no experience trying cases?

I agree with Defense Attorney Mark Bennett.

"The loudest voice against the plan came from Mark Bennett, president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers association, who said the District Attorney’s Office was treating people’s fates like a game or a law school mock trial exercise.
“It’s unethical,” Bennett said. “A prosecutor’s
job is to seek justice, not win easy cases.”
He noted that defendants who want to plead guilty but are forced to trial may have to pay more in attorney’s fees

Amen! Not only does the DA's Office plan play games with the fates of defendants, it also plays games with other witnesses and police officers who have to put their lives on hold at the whim of some DA and judge who still schedule several cases for trial then huddle together and pick one.

I wonder if the real reason behind this is because since Lykos has run off almost all of the good, experienced prosecutors that they are swamped by inexperienced rookies who need quick experience.

DA Lykos' Message is Clear

I don't think Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos realizes what she's done. In playing politics to make some people feel good she has sent the following message to her office;

Race must now be considered in jury selection.

Go here for a better explination than the Houston Chronicle will give you.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Oh Boo Friggety Hoo!

A groom was arrested for drunk driving in Houston. His bride got belligerent and wound up arrested for public intoxication. Now they are filing complaints because they were embarrassed. Well Billy and Jade Puckett ought to be embarrassed at their own actions. I guess neither of them have any common sense or they would have had a taxi or some designated driver. Talk about retarded! Hopefully Harris County Pct.8 will do their investigation, realize nothing wrong was done. Then tell the Pucketts to "puck off!"

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Texas a free state...

Well, Texas may not the most free state but we're among the top states to live if you still value your freedom. I should feel sorry for people who live in New York, Rhode Island and those northeastern states.

Click here to read the study...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Quanell Strikes Back

In the military, they train when you are ambushed to fight towards the ambush. Well that is what Quanell X is now doing. Since he got slapped with a slander lawsuit earlier this year he is counter suing! His argument, that his civil rights are being violated. In other words, Quanell is being a hypocrite. Remember his argument that the lawsuit was a coercion to shut him up? Well now he's playing that game. He's trying to silence the officers and any future criticism of him.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday

Today is the 173 anniversary of the birthplace of an independent Texas. A group of Texans declared they were going to break away from Mexico and become an independent nation.
The Houston Chronicle has a story of a lost document to commemorate today.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Houston Wanting to Give Handouts Now...

Apparently the idea of big government using public money for paying the personal bills of certain people is spreading like a rash. Now Houston wants to use taxpayer money to help people pay off credit card debts and help qualify for a mortgage. Is this what we can look forward to with democrats in control of the purse strings now? Why can't I get the government to pay off my credit cards as opposed to someone who made bad choices? Sure glad I don't live in Houston anymore.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chronicle Definition of Modest

At first when I saw this headline I thought it was going to be another Houston Chronicle story about the plight of the illegal alien while American citizens have it rough as well. However this story talks about a pastor from Ghana and his wife who are having a hard time sending money home. The opening paragraph reads;

"Elizabeth Anane-Sekyere works 13-hour shifts, six days a week. Her husband pastors a small church for modest pay. Together, they’re paying for a mortgage, three college tuitions and a growing 16-year-old."

Okay, those are long hours and that's admirable. However I'm not sure what the Chronicle means by small church. See, she and her husband work for the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. According to their website they have churches and schools all over the world. Now, I looked up the Houston address on the Harris County Appraisal District website. It is classified as a religious institution so it is tax exempt. A look from above shows it to be a fair sized establishment. Now, to be fair I have no idea what the church pays, but these facts make the harp strings a little hard to tug.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Rest in Peace Cancer Diva

Today the Houston Chronicle sadly reported on the death of a popular blogger. Terry Hayes authored a blog about her life as a cancer survivor termed Cancer Diva. Her blog not only chronicled her life with cancer but also provided help and support to others living with the disease. As a fellow blogger I extend my condolences to the friends and family of the Cancer Diva Terry Hayes. Rest in peace!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Victim Without a Clue

I hate to say this about a kidnapping victim, but she really is clueless. I'm glad she got out of the trunk and was okay. However she must spend way too much time in that mansion watching television and not out in the real world. A woman in the affluent area of River Oaks in Houston was clubbed and dumped in a trunk. The woman escaped. Turns out, three convicts have been charged with the kidnapping. These guys were in prison where, according to the article they planned a kidnapping/ransom scheme. The victim is quoted as saying;

"I think about it every day," the woman said. "I just want women to know that it was random, it was for ransom and, in this economy, it could happen to anybody."

Uh, ma'am. These guys are criminals! They didn't plan this because they fell on hard times and needed money to feed their families and clothe their children. They did it because they are predators and they targeted you because you live in River Oaks!!!! I don't think you're going to see a spike in kidnappings like in Mexico.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Shelton Drama Doesn't End

Remember the Shelton mess? First, 19 year-old Elizabeth Shelton is drunk and driving on the freeway while her boyfriend is hanging out the window. Drunk Elizabeth hits a box car from behind and winds up killing her boyfriend. Elizabeth is the daughter of Harris County Juvenile Court Judge Pat Shelton. Their defense was that little drunk Elizabeth didn't cause the accident that killed the young man. It was the driver of the box truck that little drunk Elizabeth hit from behind. The classic 'blame the victim' defense. Fortunately the jury didn't buy it and convicted Elizabeth. She served a few months in jail and is currently on probation. Aside from the relatively light sentence we thought that was the end of it. Well, we were all shocked when little Elizabeth's poor decision making skills made it back into the news. She along with the family of her dead boyfriend are suing the driver of the box truck she hit from behind for damaging her Lexus Utility and "mental anguish."

Now, the third chapter of the Shelton family mess. The accident reconstruction "expert" hired by the defense hasn't been paid for his services. So he is suing defense attorney George Secrest who in turn is saying little Elizabeth's daddy Judge Shelton is responsible for the $25,000 (or more) bill. Of course the judge's lawyer is saying the bill is exaggerated. Don't lawyers and experts work out a price before the service is delivered? Oh well, in a way who can blame the Shelton party for not paying. After all, they hired Joseph Hinton to tell a jury that little drunk Elizabeth isn't responsible for the crash or the death of the young man. How much should it really cost to pay someone to tell others what you want them to hear?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Taking Things in Tenaha, TX

At first when I read this story even I thought "uh oh!" However, I read it again and tried to read between the lines. As often, the Houston Chronicle doesn't tell the entire story either through omission or simply because they don't know. The concept of the story is sure to outrage any decent person. The concept of small town cops stopping out-of-towners and taking their property. However when I read the story again somethings stand out that make me think there is more than what the story tells you.

"Linda Dorman, a great-grandmother from Akron, Ohio, had $4,000 in cash taken from her by local authorities when she was stopped while driving through town after visiting Houston in April 2007. Court records make no mention that anything illegal was found in her van and show no criminal charges filed in the case. She is still waiting for the return of what she calls “her life savings.”

Okay, it's not against the law to carry $4,000 in cash, but why is she carrying $4,000 in cash? Take a look at the map here. How is Tenaha, TX, a direct route from Ohio to Houston, TX? Could it be she likes the back roads for the scenery? Or could she be avoiding the main highways for some reason? I like how they point out how Ms. Dorman is a great-grandmother but don't mention her actual age. This woman can be a great-grandmother and she's wanted by the federal government. The writer wants you to picture some centurion in a walker being hassled by the police. The article says no charges were filed but her cash was seized. What does the report say? Was a drug dog brought in? Did it hit on the car? Did the drug dog hit on the cash? Sometimes when drug residue is found on cash, it is seized. Plus she was stopped in 2007, is the case still pending?

Attorney David Guillory "is suing officials in Tenaha and Shelby County on behalf of Dorman and nine other clients who were stripped of their property. All were African-Americans driving either rentals or vehicles with out-of-state plates."

The photo caption says that between 2006 and 2008 "roughly" 140 people were subject to property seizure. Yet, only 10 people are suing the city of Tenaha and Shelby County. If these officers are indeed robbing people as the lawyer claims, why are only 10 out of 140 people suing? Plus the article points out the race of the people suing. What is the race of the other 130 people?

"In Shelby County, the district attorney made legal agreements with some individuals that her office would not file criminal charges so long as the property owner waived all rights to the valuables."

Then why sign it to start with? Make them prove their criminal case.

In exchange for (respondent) signing the agreed order of forfeiture, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office agrees to reject charges of money laundering pending at this time,” read one waiver, dated April 10, 2007."

Details of the case?

"The property owners named in the waiver had just signed over $7,342 in cash, their 1994 Chevrolet Suburban, a cell phone, a BlackBerry and a stone necklace."

I'm not saying Shelby County is not doing the right thing. I'm not defending them. In fact, Shelby County has made poor decisions in the past. I'm only questioning the reporter's angle and wanting more information before I make judgment. Let the lawsuit go forward and make all the cards come down on the table.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chronicle Looking For Discontent...Again

The Houston Chronicle just seems to go looking for discontent.

First, they find people jealous of the Fort Bend deputy sheriffs who got a bonus from a mysterious donor.

“I just think it is weird. Why are they giving them money?” said Dianna Batres, 21, as she finished getting her hair done at Royal Styles beauty salon. “My boyfriend was like, ‘What if it is a drug dealer?’ ”

Does this brat stop and think about what she says before she says it? If I were her boyfriend I'd be embarrassed.

Second, they go find some Harris County deputy sheriffs who expect new Sheriff Garcia to part the waves with his hands. In other words, they need to learn patience.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two Updates

Updates on two previous posts;

The Fort Bend Deputies can keep their bonuses. Now all the naysayers can shut the hell up and life go on.

The Houston Police Officers are suing Marvin Driver and Quanell X. Awesome! Quanell must have seen this coming because he has police-hating, ACLU attorney Randall Kallinen representing him. I'm sure I mentioned in the past the ACLU have argued that false complaints against police officers should be 'protected speech.'

"Randall Kallinen, attorney for Quanell X on the defamation case, said the lawsuit is simply retaliation. ''This is another attempt by the police who use whatever means necessary to silence a police critic,'' Kallinen said."

I honestly think Randall Kallinen is mentally ill. How can he argue with a straight face that police should have none of the protections afforded civilians? In Randall's twisted mind police should be falsely accused, and abused because they deserve it. I bet Randall has a very high opinion of himself and looks down on public servants. I would love to remind Randall that police officers are human beings with feelings and don't deserve to have their lives ruined by false allegations. However he would disagree citing his contempt for police officers.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fort Bend Bonuses

Fort Bend County Sheriff Deputies got an unexpected Christmas bonus this year. An anonymous donor spent nearly $250,000 in which deputies got a bonuses in the range of $1,000. It was interesting that the Chronicle article really didn't spin this in a negative light. The Texas Penal Code has an offense titled 'Gift to a Public Servant' which reads;

(a) A public servant in an agency performing regulatory functions or conducting inspections or investigations commits an offense if he solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from a person the public servant knows to be subject to regulation, inspection, or investigation by the public servant or his agency.

(b) A public servant in an agency having custody of prisoners commits an offense if he solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from a person the public servant knows to be in his custody or the custody of his agency.

(c) A public servant in an agency carrying on civil or criminal litigation on behalf of government commits an offense if he solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from a person against whom the public servant knows litigation is pending or contemplated by the public servant or his agency.

(d) A public servant who exercises discretion in connection with contracts, purchases, payments, claims, or other pecuniary transactions of government commits an offense if he solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from a person the public servant knows is interested in or likely to become interested in any contract, purchase, payment, claim, or transaction involving the exercise of his discretion.

(e) A public servant who has judicial or administrative authority, who is employed by or in a tribunal having judicial or administrative authority, or who participates in the enforcement of the tribunal's decision, commits an offense if he solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from a person the public servant knows is interested in or likely to become interested in any matter before the public servant or tribunal.

(f) A member of the legislature, the governor, the lieutenant governor, or a person employed by a member of the legislature, the governor, the lieutenant governor, or an agency of the legislature commits an offense if he solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from any person.

(g) A public servant who is a hearing examiner employed by an agency performing regulatory functions and who conducts hearings in contested cases commits an offense if the public servant solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any benefit from any person who is appearing before the agency in a contested case, who is doing business with the agency, or who the public servant knows is interested in any matter before the public servant. The exception provided by Sec. 36.10(b) does not apply to a benefit under this subsection.

(h) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

(i) A public servant who receives an unsolicited benefit that the public servant is prohibited from accepting under this section may donate the benefit to a governmental entity that has the authority to accept the gift or may donate the benefit to a recognized tax-exempt charitable organization formed for educational, religious, or scientific purposes.

Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 915, ch. 342, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1975; Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3238, ch. 558, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1983; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 304, Sec. 4.04, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.

Sheriff Wright appears to have done this well. First, nobody except the sheriff knows who the donor is. Second, the donor doesn't reside in Fort Bend County. Third, the extra money was taxable income meaning some of it went to Uncle Sam. This doesn't happen very often so I say let it be. Fort Bend doesn't pay much anyhow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lawsuit Going Forward?

It looks like Houston Police Officers Union is moving forward with the lawsuit against Marvin Driver and Quanell X. When one reads the letters sent to Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos there is an interesting line about it being the policy of Chuch Rosenthal not to prosecute anyone for making a false complaint against a police officer. While the police hating community (i.e. thugs, so-called intellectuals, so-called civil rights activists) thinks it should be okay to make false complaints "to protect free speech" people miss a crucial point. No police officer wants to be the subject of a complaint or an internal affairs investigation. Much less a false one. Their lives can be ruined, they can lose everything. However many people don't care so let me put this in a context you can understand. Let's say your own child got mad at you and decided to get even. So, your child contacts the police and CPS and says you sexually molested and assaulted them for years. Now, you'd be visited by CPS investigators, probably losing your kids. You'd be interviewed extensively by police. The news media gets a hold of the story and looking for an evening audience they post your face on TV with the headline "Parent Accused of Raping Child." What do you think your family would do? What would your friends do? How much longer do you think you'd have your job? All knowing that your child lying yet nobody believes you. Keep that in mind when someone wants to argue that public servants should be open to false complaints. They have lives like you do and can lose it all because of some malicious, self-serving con-man in a fancy suit who is loved by the media.

Read the letter from the HPOU to DA Lykos.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Texas Officer Helps Save Woman in Washington D.C.

With most press about the Harris County Metropolitan Police Department here is a positive story. We'll see if the local press gets a hold of it. Metro Officer Eliot Swainson was working in Washington D.C. at the inauguration of President Obama when he heard a woman was stuck on the tracks as a train was coming in. Unable to pry her off the track Officer Eliot helped push the woman into a crawl space as the train passed over. The 68-year old woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Kudos to a Texas officer doing a great job in Washington D.C.

Read the story here:

Watch the interview here:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

HPOU Wants An Investigation Into Driver

Remember the Driver incident? Marvin Driver was arrested on traffic warrants and unresponsive when he was brought to the Houston Police jail. He was in the hospital for a few days. Mr. Driver claimed he was beaten, and forced to ingest cocaine. While the investigation was ongoing nobody knew the officers' side of the story. Of course Quanell X was all over the cameras grandstanding as usual. The investigation the cleared the officers and of course the usual suspects scream the usual catch phrases (i.e. cover up bla bla bla). Well, interesting tidbit, cocaine was found in Mr. Driver's system. Now, why would police force him to swallow cocaine when they could go from a minor warrant arrest to a felony charge? The HPOU wants an investigation into whether or not Mr. Driver should be indicted for perjury. This will be interesting to watch. It will be an uphill battle since Mr. Driver's story is etched in stone and to change now wouldn't be prudent. I wouldn't be surprised if the ACLU get involved since they have argued that false complaints against police should be allowed. Meaning, in some cases, the ACLU does support perjury which I would imagine is somewhere against a lawyer's oath/ethics (I know, lawyer, ethics, give me a break). Either way it won't hurt Quanell. After all, since Al Sharpton is given a pass by the media on the Brawley fabrication, then I'm sure the chronicle will give Quanell a pass here.

Death Row Inmate Eats Own Eye...Cool!!!!

This sounds like a scene out of a Wes Craven movie. A death row inmate takes out his own eye and eats it! My first reaction was a morbid one. Cool!!!! Remember Chainsaw and Dave and the 'classroom massacre' scene in Summer School? This death row inmate in the Polunsky unit murdered his wife, a 4-year old and a 13-month old child. Is anyone really disturbed by this? Better yet, is anyone actually feeling sorry for this guy?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

KHOU Figures Out Club Creek is Dangerous

I found another example of information that the media seems to be just picking up on that police have known for years. KHOU channel 11 posted this story about a mile-long stretch of road considered to be one of the most dangerous in Houston. Well duh! The street is called Club Creek. Listen to Houston Police's radio and every day, mostly night shift, you will hear Club Creek come up several times. There are slum apartments, and a night club out there. That street was infamous before 2005 so not much blame can be given Hurricane Katrina evacuees for this one. Club Creek was a sh**hole before they came. I invite everyone to take a virtual drive down Club Creek courtesy of google streets. Let me know what you think!