HOUSTON - What’s in a tweet?
What did Houston’s police chief say about the criminal justice system? Three tweets from Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo over the weekend promised to let you know what is happening in the criminal justice system.
One read, “It is time to sound the alarm and ensure the people, who we are all sworn to serve and protect, know exactly what's going on in our court system."
How did the county’s top prosecutor respond?
"I don't want to interpret the chief's remarks. I think our concern about violent felons is one that we share,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
"I think until we're all in sync about prioritizing what we do with violent criminals, that you'll sometimes get one party in the system complaining about other parties in the system,” Ogg said.
She attended a criminal justice workshop at the University of Houston-Downtown on Tuesday morning.
What led to the Tweets over the weekend?
Acevedo told KPRC 2 that he is concerned about the number of felons his officers quickly see back on the streets.
"I think it's important for the community to know what's happening in the courtrooms," Acevedo said.
What’s the answer?
District Attorney Ogg, whose office prosecutes crimes with evidence collected by officers and deputies, said reform will take time and would require changes in legislation.
"In the meantime, I think we all just keep plugging along with the same priority: Put the bad guys in jail," Ogg said.
Copyright 2017 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.