Acevedo on deadly raid: Vindication will be investigation's result

HPD chief discusses Harding Street case

HOUSTON – It was Jan. 28 when Houston police officers forced their way into the home of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas with a warrant based on the word of an informant and a police officer. The problem is that the “informant” did not exist and, according to Houston police Chief Art Acevedo, the officer lied about the informant and the alleged reasons for the no-knock warrant in the first place.

Acevedo is a guest on this week’s "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" and says he sensed something was wrong when he arrived at the scene.

“To be honest with you, I was actually asking for the search warrant and the affidavit at the scene, which really ruffled some feathers,” he said. “But for a police chief that actually knows what he’s doing and is engaged, we wouldn’t be having a conversation about the things that we might have done wrong and did wrong in that raid.”

Acevedo says a wide-ranging investigation continues and its results should be public in about six weeks. He says when it’s complete, it will show a number of important results.

“I believe when people see how this all came about -- how we found it, how this chief asked the tough questions that I can tell you prior chiefs might not have asked -- they’re going to say, 'You know what? It was a tragedy. It was outrageous. What happened was wrong, but the department did right.'”

Watch more of Acevedo's interview in the Newsmakers Extra video below.

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Chief Art Acevedo - Houston Police Department
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713-884-3131  or 311
Twitter: @ArtAcevedo

Tiffany Taylor-Hicks - Velvet Rope Experience/Capitol One Bank Get Down to Business Program
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