Houston Police Department under scrutiny after recent string of deadly officer-involved shootings

HPD answers questions about transparency
HPD answers questions about transparency

The Houston Police Department is being scrutinized after six deadly officer-involved shootings in the past five weeks. This is as Houston’s Police Chief Art Acevedo comments on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week.

Floyd, a Houston native, died while he was being detained by officers in Minneapolis Monday. Videos showed Floyd on lying face down on the ground with one officer putting his knee on the back of his neck.

“First and foremost on behalf of the Houston Police Department, we extend our condolences to the Floyd family,” Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday to address Floyd’s death.

Recent officer-involved shootings

However, the Houston Police Department is being questioned after that string of shooting deaths of six suspects since April 21.

At this time, there is no indication that any of the shootings weren’t justified. But the transparency about these shootings, and the deadly shootings at Harding Street last year, is being questioned.

“Houston, we have a problem,” said local activist Dav Lewis. “Mayor Turner, we have a problem."

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