Ousted Miami police chief had demoted three top officers. They’re getting their jobs back
Three high ranking Miami Police officers, including one of the most senior Black female cops in the department, will be reinstated as majors — ranks they were stripped of by the former chief during a scandal involving a crashed vehicle.news.yahoo.com
Second-ranked Black female Miami cop says she’s seeking whistleblower protections
Miami’s second-highest ranked Black female police officer, one of four majors demoted this week with little explanation by the new police chief, has informed the city she is seeking whistleblower status and intends to file a civil rights lawsuit.news.yahoo.com
New Houston Police Chief’s Priorities: Transparency, Curbing Violent Crime – Houston Public Media
The Houston City Council on Wednesday formally confirmed Mayor Sylvester Turner's pick for the city's new police chief, current Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner. And here pretty soon, you’re going to see in my administration we’re going to release a policy going forward. I’m wrong, or the police officer is wrong. Wherever I’m from, I'm Houston born and Houston raised. So many great citizens in our city, a great department, a great leadership with Sylvester Turner and the support from City Council.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston City Council unanimously approves Troy Finner as next police chief
HOUSTON – The Houston City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the appointment of Troy Finner as the next police chief. Finner takes over for outgoing Chief Art Acevedo, who is leaving to become the top cop in Miami. Finner is a native of Houston and grew up in the Fifth Ward. He attended James Madison High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Finner takes the helm at HPD on April 5.
5 things to know about Houston's new police chief
A longtime veteran of the Houston Police Department is poised to take the helm after Chief Art Acevedo exits to lead police in Miami. Troy Finner, currently Acevedo's executive assistant chief, was announced as the incoming chief Thursday. FAREWELL: Negotiations fail forcing River Oaks Theatre to closeWhat do we know about Finner and his priorities for HPD? He wants to build community relationsWhen asked Thursday what his priorities will be as chief of HPD, Finner said two things: Decreasing homicides and improving public relations. What do you think about Chief Finner?chron.com
Houston Newsmakers: Acevedo heading to Miami
We talk about COVID Relief, efforts to reach bipartisan agreements, the immigration crisis at the border and Republican efforts to revamp voting rights in states across the country, on this week’s Houston Newsmakers and here on Newsmakers EXTRA with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher. They never lost their job.”Congressman Dan Crenshaw, (R) 2nd says the American Rescue Plan is overloaded with spending not needed. “Is this really fair?” he said on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. Also this week, the challenge of working across the aisle on other issues such as infrastructure and his highest priorities local on Newsmakers EXTRA with Rep. Dan Crenshaw. More Information:Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Police Chief· Website: https://www.houstontx.gov/police/chief/· Twitter: @ArtAcevedoU.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D), 7th Congressional DistrictAd· Website: https://fletcher.house.gov/· Twitter: @RepFletcherU.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R), 2nd Congressional· Website: https://crenshaw.house.gov/· Twitter: @RepDanCrenshaw
5 things for Houstonians to know for Friday, March 19
Houston Texans release new statement confirming NFL investigation into Deshaun Watson lawsuitsThe Houston Texans released a statement Thursday confirming that the NFL will be conducting an investigation into the allegations made against Texans star Deshaun Watson. We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. School nurses have become crucial in battling the pandemic, but Texas doesn’t require districts to have themUnlike their peers in hospital COVID-19 units, school nurses have not had to care for dying patients. Texas law doesn’t require public schools to have full-time nurses, and many don’t. In 2019-2020, more than 8,000 Texas public schools employed about 6,100 full-time school nurses, according to state data.
Troy Finner to become next HPD chief, Mayor Turner announces
HOUSTON – Troy Finner is set to become the new chief of the Houston Police Department, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday during a press conference. Finner formerly served as executive assistant under current HPD Chief Art Acevedo, who recently said he has taken a job as the top cop in Miami. Finner began working at HPD in 1990 and has served in several capacities over his 31-year-career. Turner said he earned “his stripes in HPD,” which has prepared him to lead from day one. Ad“(Finner) has earned the trust and respect of people in every corner of our community,” Turner said.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Names Troy Finner New Police Chief – Houston Public Media
“Chief Finner is a 31-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and a highly regarded law enforcement officer in the Houston Police Department,” Turner said. "I don’t ever take it for granted, the relationships that I have in this city,” Finner said. “I hope that I've learned from everybody I've been around, including Chief Acevedo,” Finner said. "Matt and I made the pledge that whoever got it, the other one was going to stay here and help build this city," Finner said. “I've known Chief Finner since 1994,” read a statement from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.houstonpublicmedia.org
Outgoing HPD Chief’s Message to Houston: ‘Get ready for 500 murders’
HOUSTON, Texas – HPD Chief Art Acevedo made a grim proclamation for the City of Houston on Tuesday, “Get ready for 500 murders,” said Acevedo during an afternoon news conference at HPD headquarters. This said, there are two homicides from Acevedo’s tenure that stand out the most. They are the shooting deaths of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas by HPD in the deadly botched raid on Harding Street. When asked how challenging will it be for Acevedo to leave Houston knowing that Harding Street remains unfinished? Acevedo said, “I’ll be back for Harding Street because it happened on my watch.”AdWatch the video below to hear John Nicholas, brother of Rhogena Nicholas, speak about Acevedo’s departure.
As Acevedo Packs For Miami, His Mixed Legacy In Texas Comes Into Focus
At HPD, he’s led a force of around 5,300 officers in a city that’s 671 square miles large. You might not've been to Miami," Acevedo said. During his time in Houston, Acevedo worked hard to present himself as a public safety advocate who wasn’t stuck in the past. As for Harding Street, Acevedo said he knows the saga is far from over. In his public introduction to the city of Miami Monday, Acevedo talked about what he thinks makes for good policing.houstonpress.com
City leaders, Houstonians react to news of Chief Acevedo leaving for Miami
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has accepted a position to become the next police chief in Miami, leaving Houston after just over four years in the role. — Houston Mayor's Office (@houmayor) March 15, 2021Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez shared his farewell to Acevedo, writing “Wishing Chief @ArtAcevedo and his family all the best. — SulemaChapa (@Sulema95388285) March 15, 2021Good, maybe we can get someone that can fight crime better — osito (@obdulio32) March 15, 2021Chief Art Acevedo, @ArtAcevedo. — Janet Mayfield, MLA (@theflutelady) March 15, 2021So Chief Acevedo moving to Miami. 🥲 — 🗡Mikasa (@Ohellalison) March 15, 2021Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is leaving our city for Miami.
Traffic delays anticipated as President Biden comes to town: What to expect
U.S. President Joe Biden rides in the presidential limousine following his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden became the 46th president of the United States earlier today during the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is warning drivers to anticipate delays in traffic across the area Friday as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit Houston. Please expect traffic delays in the city of @HoustonTX as we move @POTUS and other dignitaries around the city. #RelationalPolicing — Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) February 26, 2021Intermittent delays are expected to begin at noon and stretch into the evening commute as police facilitate the president in and around the 610 loop.
Police identify body found in shed as missing Houston teen
Police identified the body of missing teen, 16-year-old Izaac Ramirez, who was last seen on Jan. 6, 2021 in the Houston area. HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced Friday that the body of a missing teen found earlier this week has been identified as a missing Houston teen. Houston police were dispatched to the home and were informed that a family member found the victim deceased inside a backyard shed, per a release. “Please keep him and his family in your prayers,” Acevedo wrote on Twitter on Friday. Anyone with information, in this case, is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
'Heightened level of alert': HPD Chief Acevedo on effort to identify extremists on the force
Leading the charge to spot and track some of the extremists within policing is HPD Chief Art Acevedo. "I think you're going to see a heightened level of alert to the threat that militia, white supremacists, hate groups pose to our country," HPD Chief Art Acevedo told KHOU's Marcelino Benito. One of those officers who was involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol was 18-year HPD veteran Tam Pham. HPD OFFICER CHARGED: Veteran HPD officer involved in U.S. Capitol insurrection faces federal charges"There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from a police officer," Acevedo said during a press conference last week. Police Executive Research Forum's Chuck Wexler underscored how critical it was that the officers involved in the U.S. Capitol insurrection be held accountable.chron.com
Houston police are investigating ranks for extremism
Following the deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, an investigation into extremists within U.S. police agencies is underway. One of those officers who was involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol was 18-year HPD veteran Tam Pham. HPD OFFICER CHARGED: Veteran HPD officer involved in U.S. Capitol insurrection faces federal charges"There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from a police officer," Acevedo said during a press conference last week. Although Acevedo stated that there hasn't been any evidence that other HPD officers were involved, the agency is stepping up awareness about detecting and rooting out extremism on social media. Police Executive Research Forum's Chuck Wexler underscored how critical it was that the officers involved in the U.S. Capitol insurrection be held accountable.chron.com
Chief Acevedo says now-President Biden secretly visited HPD officer after 2019 shooting
Joe Biden visits HPD Officer Taylor Roccaforte on Sept. 15, 2019 after he was shot by a suspect following the DNC presidential debate at Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019. HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo recalled a fond memory of now-President Joe Biden on Twitter Wednesday, shortly after Biden was sworn into office. On Thursday Sept 12, 2019, a @houstonpolice officer was shot by a suspect shortly after the end of the @DNC Presidential Debate @TexasSouthern. Acevedo said the officer, family and hospital staff were all lifted by Biden’s visit. Acevedo said the officer, Taylor Roccaforte, shared two photos of Biden’s visit on Sept. 15, 2019.
Houston Police Officer Resigns After Alleged Participation In D.C. Insurrection – Houston Public Media
The Houston police officer who allegedly participated in last week's Capitol insurrection submitted his resignation on Thursday, according to Chief Art Acevedo. Acevedo confirmed the officer's resignation via Twitter on Thursday, and added that the officer is now the subject of a federal investigation. https://t.co/5HlwgGuIJf — Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) January 14, 2021The move comes after the 18-year HPD veteran was allegedly caught on camera entering the Capitol building alongside other pro-Trump extremists last week. The details of what exactly happened after Pham allegedly entered the Capitol building are unknown. The Houston Police Officers' Union declined to comment Thursday, but a representative said it planned on making an official statement soon.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston police officer under investigation after participating in U.S. Capitol riot
A Houston police officer is under investigation for his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, Chief Art Acevedo announced Wednesday. “There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from a police officer,” Acevedo said. Since the officer wasn’t acting in a law enforcement capacity at the time, he said the union will not be involved. “Whether it’s this person or anyone else, everybody that was involved in [the Capitol riot] should face federal charges,” Alvarado said. Earlier Wednesday, political news site The Appeal published a tracker tallying the total number of law enforcement officers from around the country who participated in the Capitol riot.
Houston Police Officer Likely Under Federal Investigation For Involvement In D.C. Insurrection, Acevedo Says – Houston Public Media
The unidentified patrol officer will likely face federal charges after allegedly entering the Capitol building Wednesday alongside other pro-Trump extremists, Acevedo said. A Houston police officer is under investigation after possibly taking part in the U.S. Capitol insurrection last week, Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday. The unidentified patrol officer, an 18-year HPD veteran, has been relieved of duty and will likely face federal charges after allegedly entering the Capitol building Wednesday alongside other pro-Trump extremists, Acevedo said. “There’s a high probability this individual will be charged with federal charges, and rightfully so,” he said. “There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from a police officer,” Acevedo said.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston police officer resigns after being accused of penetrating Capitol, HPD says
HOUSTON – Houston police said Thursday morning that an officer accused of “penetrating” the U.S. Capitol building last week has announced his resignation from the department. https://t.co/5HlwgGuIJf — Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) January 14, 2021Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during remarks Wednesday that the Houston police officer -- on his own time -- attended the Trump rally in Washington and then “penetrated” the U.S. Capitol building last week. There is an investigation underway and Acevedo said he is “highly confident” he will be facing federal charges. “There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from a police officer,” Acevedo said. FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Federal Judge Rules Against City of Houston in Harding Street Raid Case
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo's story about what went down in the Harding Street raid still sounds fishy to lawyers for one victim's family. ^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsOn Friday, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt slapped down the latest delay tactic from the City of Houston’s legal team in a case trying to uncover hidden evidence from 2019’s fatal Harding Street raid. But on the day of the hearing, city attorneys requested that the case be bumped up to federal court, causing a last minute delay. Previous attempts from the city to delay the Nicholas family’s investigation from going forward were knocked down by the Texas Supreme Court last year.houstonpress.com
‘National Disgrace’: Houston Reacts To Siege At The U.S. Capitol – Houston Public Media
"It was a national disgrace, and an international embarrassment," Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday. Turner said the attack was not unforeseen, and criticized national leaders for being unprepared for the possibility of that scenario. Democratic members blamed the president for telling his followers to march on the Capitol as Congress prepared to certify Biden's victory. "Please pray for our elected officials, their staff and families, and the Capitol Police and law enforcement." She called Trump’s role in riling the crowd in Washington “unsurprising,” and was looking forward to Trump finally being out of office.houstonpublicmedia.org
Man with knife injured in officer-involved shooting in Ben Taub Hospital parking garage, police say
HOUSTON – A suspect is in custody after police said shots were fired on the second floor of the Ben Taub Hospital parking garage Monday. Officers said they were called to the hospital’s parking garage located in the 1500 block of Ben Taub Loop around 1:30 a.m. after a man went to the hospital to check himself in for psychological distress. According to Chief Art Acevedo, the suspect charged at the officer, who then fired his gun at least two times. After the failed attempt, he was taken into custody, Acevedo said. Police said the suspect is in surgery and the officer is on limited duty while the shooting is being investigated.
Acevedo continues to back strategy aimed at combating homicides as numbers soar
HOUSTON – Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo held a news conference Friday morning to address the surging homicide numbers in the city. Not yet, according to the numbers announced by Acevedo. When asked if it’s the right strategy, Acevedo replied without hesitation: “Of course.” Asked again, Acevedo replied: “Absolutely. Acevedo replied: “I don’t know your numbers right now.” KPRC 2 Investigates reminded the chief they were his department’s numbers. Surging homicidesWatch a replay of the special report from KPRC 2′s Mario Diaz that aired Tuesday about the rising homicide numbers in the city.
Attorney for man accused in HPD Sgt. Sean Rios' death requests probe be turned over to Texas Rangers
HOUSTON – The attorney of a man accused in the shooting of a Houston police sergeant sent a formal request to turn the investigation into the shooting over to the Texas Rangers. Soliz is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Houston Police Department Sgt. Jurisdictions all over the country, and especially here in Texas, routinely turn officer involved shooting cases over to outside agencies, which in Texas means the Texas Rangers. There is no downside to turning this case over to the Texas Rangers. There is no downside to turning this case over to the Texas Rangers.
Arrest Made In Houston Police Sergeant’s Slaying – Houston Public Media
Sean Rios, 47, was fatally shot while driving to work on Interstate 45 in north Houston. A suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of a Houston police sergeant, officials said Tuesday. Sean Rios, 47, was fatally shot Monday while driving to work on Interstate 45 in north Houston. Rios was the second Houston police officer to be killed in the past three weeks and the fourth since December. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Who was Houston police Sgt. Sean Rios?
HOUSTON – Houston police Sgt. Sean Rios was killed Monday afternoon during a shootout along the North Freeway in Houston, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo. According to the Houston Police Officers Union, Rios served in the Marines. Sean Rios (Houston Police Officers Union)Sgt. Sean Rios (Houston Police Officers Union)
WATCH: Houston police Sgt. Harold Preston laid to rest in Athens, Texas
Dozens of police motorcycles and vehicles lined up in a parking lot on the campus of Texas Southern University to escort fallen HPD Sgt. Harold Preston to a north Texas cemetery. Harold Preston? | Fiancee of fallen HPD Sgt. Harold L. Preston Arrives at North Athens Cemetery Pt 2 #RIPSgtPreston https://t.co/lLluToXxAv — Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 31, 2020
Family, colleagues pay respects to Sgt. Harold Preston at funeral
HOUSTON – Family, friends and colleagues honored a fallen Houston police sergeant Thursday. Harold Preston was killed in the line of duty last week while responding to a domestic disturbance. Harold Preston? READ: Fiancee of fallen HPD Sgt. Harold Preston: ‘He can’t take away my memories’
‘On the table’: DA mulls whether to seek death penalty against suspect in HPD sergeant’s slaying
The responding officers, 3-year veteran Officer Courtney Waller, 41-year veteran Sgt. Harold Preston and a 5-year veteran officer arrived at the scene and met Manzano’sestranged wife, who had called police. READ: 41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Preston was surrounded by family when he died at the hospital Tuesday, HPD Chief Art Acevedo said. Police said Manzano was taken into custody and hospitalized at Ben Taub after he was shot in the stomach by Sgt.
41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials say
HOUSTON – Houston authorities said veteran Houston Police Officer Sgt. Harold Preston has died after a shooting near NRG Tuesday morning. Harold Preston, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning. The responding officers -- a 3-year veteran officer, a 5-year veteran officer and Preston -- arrived at the scene and met the woman who had called police. The two officers who were shot -- Courtney Waller and Preston -- were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital at 9:32.
Houstonians propose citizen’s board to hold HPD accountable
HOUSTON – A group of local community leaders proposed a Houston Police Independent Citizens Investigative Board to create transparency between the community and the Houston Police Department. The board would be comprised of community members from multiple organizations and the law schools at Texas Southern University and the University of Houston. The citizens' investigative board would work to ban the use of no-knock warrants. According to the proposal, the board would be funded by the City of Houston budget not to exceed $3 million a year. Turner also appointed a Policing Reforms Task Force to review Houston Police Department policies and practices.
Community rallies to end police violence after deadly shooting of Nicolas Chavez
HOUSTON – Family, friends and community members came together Saturday to hold a candlelight vigil for 27-year-old Nicolas Chavez. So when he left I not only lost my son but I lost my best friend. I don’t know what to say other than I love him,” said Nicolas' mother Leantha Chavez. The vigil was also an opportunity for loved ones to demand an end to police violence. “This is our son Nicolas Casey Chavez Junior.
Looting: This is what HPD says it’s doing to help during Laura, what to know about those crimes during disasters
“Although you may not see us, we will have eyes on stores, gun stores, pharmacies, etc. Although you may not see us, we will have eyes on stores, gun stores, pharmacies, etc. — Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) August 25, 2020Furthermore, the chief warned that its partners at the Harris County District Attorney office will hold suspected looters accountable. — Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) August 26, 2020In 2017, Texas lawmakers vowed zero tolerance for looters following thefts reported in wake of Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, Harris County prosecutors requested a higher bond for dozens of suspected looters.
Houston police chief, victims’ advocates angered by cases of accused murderers released on multiple bonds
While a federal lawsuit addressed inequities in misdemeanor cases, the way bond in felony cases is handled remains in dispute. Kahan said his research found 42 such defendants in murder cases since 2018. Many in law enforcement, including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, have been particularly critical of a system allowing those accused of crimes to be released on multiple bonds. “We have people that have been booked for murder, charged with murder, released while charged with murder and murdering again,” said Acevedo. 9 similar defendantsHere is a closer look at the similar bond cases that Channel 2 Investigates found.
Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in downtown Houston, police say
HOUSTON A suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon in downtown Houston, according to police. The shooting was reported in the 1900 block of Travis Street. No officers were injured in the shooting, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo. This is a developing story.
‘A lot of uptick in violence': Homicide rate increases in Houston, Chief Acevedo says
HOUSTON – Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said the city could see a five-year high in the number of murders, if the current trend of cases continues. “We went from the last two years being towards five-year lows to a five-year high is what we’re projecting,” Acevedo said. This is a 37% increase in the number of murders seen during the same time last year. “We know there’s been a lot of uptick in violence in terms of the drug trafficking and murders related to drug trafficking and the drug market,” Acevedo said. However, Acevedo did not point to one single factor as being the main reason behind the increase in homicide cases.
FULL REPORT: Audit of HPD Narcotics found 404 errors in more than 200 cases involving Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant
HOUSTON – On Wednesday, Houston police tweeted the full 66-page audit of the HPD Narcotics Division that was ordered after the botched January 2019 Harding Street raid. The internal review of the department’s narcotics division from Jan. 28, 2016 to Jan. 28, 2019 was ordered after the fatal raid left Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas dead. Bryant also assisted Goines on 27% of the cases reviewed in the audit. One major issue found by the audit was expense discrepancies including incorrect amounts, incorrect addresses and inaccurate weight of drugs. READ: Full audit report tweeted by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo
New taskforce to review city of Houston’s Independent Police Oversight Board as part of reforms
HOUSTON – A new task force on police reform, announced Wednesday by Mayor Sylvester Turner, will take a closer look at the city’s Independent Police Oversight Board. Douglas has long pushed the city for an oversight board that initiates it’s own investigations and takes its findings to the District Attorney’s office, which is something the board cannot do right now. “It’s a nice thing to say we have a citizens’ review board, but if they can’t do anything it’s just window dressing,” he said. He told KPRC 2 that board members are unpaid volunteers who review about 275 cases each year. The board can’t start its own investigations, only review cases provided by HPD.
45 Houstonians from all walks of life will be on a police reform task force, Mayor Turner announces
HOUSTON Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed a 45-member task force to outline recommendations for policing reform in Houston. Laurence Larry Payne was selected by Turner to serve as chair of the police reform task force. He also named five special advisors to the task force. The task force will meet for the first time during the week of July 6, according to Houston officials. But, we are doing our best to respond.Here is the complete list of the Mayors Task Force of Policing Reform:
Houston Police Station on southeast side of town shot at with AK-47; suspects detained: HPD
HOUSTON Houston police are investigating after a station on the southeast side of town came under fire on Monday night, officers said. With the help of HPDs air unit, Acevedo said officers found and safely detained the suspects believed to be involved. With help of our Air Unit we found & safely detain suspects believed to be involved. We have recovered an AK-47 style assault rifle. Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) June 23, 2020Acevedo said officers recovered an AK-47 style assault rifle.
Police department policies vary when it comes to releasing body camera video
“If anyone wants to see a video they need to contact the police department,” Acevedo said. Acevedo said at present, only family members would be able to review video, and only if they approved its release. Lovie Williams Linzer is one family member who asked to see the body cam video of her nephew’s death. “We want to see the video and we won’t stop.”Differing video release policiesIn 2015, Texas adopted body camera guidelines for all law enforcement in the state, but they left the decision on whether to release the videos to each individual department. HPD remains committed to working with the family representative in such incidents and to the issue of transparency regarding body worn cameras.”
Union says HPD has not used chokehold in decades after Mayor Turner issues ban
HOUSTON – As emotion and energy ran through the Fountain of Praise Church on Tuesday Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner capitalized on the moment by announcing plans for a comprehensive executive order to ban chokehold. "In this city, we will ban chokeholds and strangleholds. “I would tell the elected officials that knee-jerk reaction is not what the community is wanting,” Acevedo said. “I’m very confident that with the help of the congress and here locally with our Mayor, Mayor Turner and we are going to get some really good changes that are long, long overdue,” Acevedo said. But I disagree on the issue of defunding.”The issue of defunding has been a hot topic nationally.
Heres what is in Mayor Turners new executive order that seeks to prevent police brutality
HOUSTON During the funeral for Houston-native George Floyd Tuesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner promised an executive order that would ban chokeholds and stranglehold in the city and other police reforms. What that order will say is that in this city, we will ban chokeholds and strangleholds. On Wednesday, he signed the executive order and said it was in response to the demands of protesters and demonstrators. KPRC 2 obtained a copy of Executive Order 1-67. They also must immediately report the use of such force to an on-duty supervisorRead the full Executive Order 1-67 below:
Calls grow louder for transparency, independent oversight of HPD amid police brutality protests
HOUSTON – The voices calling for transparency and independent police oversight grew louder following several recent officer-involved shootings and the death of George Floyd. Houston has a long-established independent police oversight board, but critics question whether the board is given enough authority. “The structure and the bones are there for the oversight board but it needs to be built upon.”President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union Joe Gamaldi argues the oversight board has a “robust set of powers.”“We have embraced the independent oversight board, we are not scared of another set of eyes. Gamaldi said the oversight board does make recommendations on officer discipline and training. During a recent protest seeking justice for Floyd in Houston, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo was embraced by some while excoriated by others.
VIDEO: Peaceful protests, passionate speeches and prayers mark Houston’s 3rd day of seeking justice for George Floyd
Many are demanding justice for the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo walks arm-in-arm with a woman during a rally for George Floyd. 📷 Mark Felix / AFP pic.twitter.com/enUIwuBHTh — NBC News (@NBCNews) June 1, 2020#Houston police chief Art Acevedo (white mask) took part in and spoke at today's peaceful protests. Brazoria County NAACP hosted a Justice 4 George Floyd healing prayer at the Shadow Creek Sports Complex in Pearland. Justice 4 George Floyd vigil LIVE: Community members host Justice 4 George Floyd prayer vigil in Pearland https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/05/31/blog-mayor-sylvester-turner-and-hpd-chief-art-acevedo-speak-local-pull-up-and-praise-event/ Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Sunday, May 31, 2020Houstonians also gathered Sunday at Cuney Homes in the Third Ward to pray for the family of George Floyd.
VIDEO: ‘They showed no mercy,’ HPD chief delivers emotional speech amid the death of George Floyd
HOUSTON – Houston Police chief Art Acevedo stands in solidarity with those outraged by the death of George Floyd, a Houston-native who was killed while in police custody. As protests emerge across the country and in Houston, Acevedo said he has marched with the protestors, including rappers Trae the Truth and Bun B in the Third Ward, where Floyd grew up. We will get through this.”In recent weeks, HPD has come under fire for a rising number of officer-involved shootings in Houston. In the three years since Acevedo has been in charge, there have been 54 officer-involved shooting resulting in 20 deaths. “We are very concerned about the increase in officer-involved shootings.
HPD offers to serve as funeral security escort for the family of George Floyd, his body
HOUSTON Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo is seeking to honor George Floyd, a Houston native who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. Videos show an officer kneeling on Floyds body while other officers assisted and Floyd said he couldnt breathe. Acevedo said he has spoken with Floyds family and offered to have HPD to serve as funeral security escort to the family and Floyds body. Acevedo said Floyd was well known and well-loved throughout the city, including people on the force. You take whatever steps you need to take to reestablish that positive connection, he said at the news conference.
FBI is looking into controversial, deadly officer-involved shooting of man on his knees, Acevedo says
HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo admitted to Channel 2 Investigates Wednesday that the FBI has requested information into the deadly officer-involved shooting that left a man dead in April. Nicolas Chavez, 27, was shot dead while he was on his knees by HPD officers on April 21 in southeast Houston. The shooting came under fire when a civilian video emerged showing that Chavez was on his knees at the time of the shooting. There have been six officer-involved shooting deaths involving the Houston Police Department since mid-April. The FBI monitors every officer-involved shooting nationally, however when Channel 2 Investigates asked if the department has turned over any information in the other recent shooting Acevedo said, “I don’t remember any other shootings other than the Chavez one, can you think of any other?
Groups call for HPD to release body camera footage from recent officer-involved shootings
HOUSTON The death of 27-year old Nicolas Chavez on Houstons east side was the first of six officer-involved shootings in nearly a month. Several civil rights and community organizations came together Monday at the Houston Police Department Headquarters calling for transparency. They requested Chief Art Acevedo to release body cam videos from all the shootings. The public has a right to know how and why it occurred, said Shelby Stewart, a former member of HPD for 28 years. KPRC 2 Investigates spoke briefly with a relative of Chavez and a woman who knew him at his memorial site.
Officials note the rise of domestic violence in Houston after ex-boyfriend kills pregnant woman, injures 3 others
A fatal shooting spree in Houston has local officials revisiting the impact of domestic violence. Investigators said a 7-month old pregnant woman was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, who also shot her mother and sister at the same home. Sadly this appears to be a case of domestic violence turn deadly," said Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo. This illustrates just how volatile domestic violence suspects can be," Acevedo said. Whitehurst said the stresses of everyday life, especially during the pandemic, can be to blame in some domestic violence cases.
She was one-of-a-kind: Family remembers 80-year-old woman stabbed to death during carjacking
She was just a precious lady, Chuck Cook said. Well-loved by so many people.She was one-of-a-kind, Dawn Cook said. He had no purpose or worth on this earth but to cause pain and agony, Dawn Cook said. According to Chuck Cook, his mothers death will not be forgotten. Im going to lend my voice and my resources and my time to righting this wrong, Chuck Cook said.
Chief Acevedo Responds to Another Officer-Involved Deadly Shooting
The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. Thursday n the 7400 block of Scott in south Houston and sparked two calls to the HPD dispatch office, both of which Acevedo played at his press conference. In a press conference May 11 for the HPD officer-involved shooting of Nicholas Chavez, Acevedo attributed the reasons to a limited supply of drugs and money, both tight since the COVID-19 lockdown. We know that is a lie because we have everything on video, Acevedo said. We want to remind the community this police department is here made up and reflective of this community. Acevedo said because it is still under investigation the body cam video will not be released.houstonpress.com
Man accused of shooting at backup helicopters responding to HPD helicopter crash, Chief Acevedo says
HOUSTON – A man was arrested and facing multiple charges after being accused of firing several shots into the air toward responding helicopters after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed into an apartment building on May 2, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo. Police said he shot several times after the HPD helicopter, 75-Fox, crashed, killing the tactical flight officer, Jason Knox, and injuring senior police officer Chase Cormier. Claros-Trajedo hid firearms in an air vent in his apartment after he was seen, according to court documents. Acevedo said the department will continue to investigate and will disclose more information with the community as the case unfolds. Officials from the Houston Fire Department, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office all rushed to the scene, Acevedo said.
Houston police chief IDs fallen officer in helicopter crash at Greenspoint apartment
Houston police chief IDs fallen officer in helicopter crash at Greenspoint apartmentFallen officer Jason Knox pictured in Nov. 21, 2018 file photo with a restored 1996 Chevrolet Caprice HPD cruiser in Houston. Fallen officer Jason Knox pictured in Nov. 21, 2018 file photo with a restored 1996 Chevrolet Caprice HPD cruiser in Houston. Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 32 Caption Close Houston police chief IDs fallen officer in helicopter crash at Greenspoint apartment 1 / 32 Back to GalleryA Houston police officer was killed and another was critically injured when a helicopter crashed early Saturday morning into a Greenspoint apartment complex in north Houston. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo identified the fallen officer as Jason Knox, 35, the son of retired officer and Houston City Councilman Mike Knox. "Officer Jason Knox is the best of who we are and we will miss him dearly.chron.com
1 HPD officer killed, another injured in helicopter crash in north Houston
HOUSTON – One officer was killed, and the other officer is in critical condition after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed early Saturday in an apartment complex in north Houston, according to local officials. According to HPD, Cormier was sworn in as an HPD officer in July 2006. Senior Police Officer Chase Cormier, 35, was sworn in as a HPD officer in July 2006. The investigation into the HPD helicopter crash will be extensive, according to Acevedo. Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Saturday, May 2, 2020KPRC 2 reporter Joel Eisenbaum provides an update from the Texas Medical Center:HPD officer killed in HPD Helicopter crash Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Saturday, May 2, 2020Watch KPRC 2 chopper above the scene of the HPD helicopter crash:HPD helicopter crash Here is a live look at the scene of the HPD helicopter crash in north Houston.
VIDEO: HPD escorts fallen officer from the hospital to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
HOUSTON – One officer was killed and the other one is injured after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed early Saturday in an apartment complex in north Houston. HPD Chief Art Acevedo said the tactical flight officer died at the hospital, while the pilot is still in surgery, but was “very banged up." The HPD crash was reported at about 2 a.m. at the Biscayne At Cityview Apartment complex located at 17050 Imperial Valley Drive, near the Greenspoint neighborhood. KPRC 2 reporter Taisha Walker provides an update from the scene:An HPD officer was killed in a helicopter crash this morning while responding to a call in the Greenspoint area. https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/05/02/2-officers-injured-when-hpd-helicopter-crashes-in-north-houston/ Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Saturday, May 2, 2020Watch HPD escorts fallen officer from the hospital to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences:
Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in NE Houston
Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in NE HoustonHouston police officers work the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in the 800 block of Gazin on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Houston police officers work the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in the 800 block of Gazin on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Photo: OnScene.TV Photo: OnScene.TV Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in NE Houston 1 / 3 Back to GalleryAn armed man was shot and killed by police late Tuesday when he reportedly charged at officers in northeast Houston, where witnesses say he was attempting suicide, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Preliminary witness statement indicated the suspect was stabbing himself, threatening the officer and refusing to comply with commands, he said. Despite the gunfire, minutes later responding officers reported that the suspect was still armed and refusing to comply with commands.chron.com
Houston PD Chief Acevedo criticizes Bernie Sanders defense of comments on Fidel Castro
Houston PD Chief Acevedo criticizes Bernie Sanders defense of comments on Fidel Castro@ArtAcevedo For the record @BernieSanders, Fidel & Raul Castro, their murdering regime, & co-conspirators have never had a redeeming quality, ZERO. less @ArtAcevedo For the record @BernieSanders, Fidel & Raul Castro, their murdering regime, & co-conspirators have never had a redeeming quality, ZERO. So when Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders went on the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes defending comments he made in the 80s supporting Cuba, it ruffled Acevedo's feathers. For the record @BernieSanders, Fidel & Raul Castro, their murdering regime, & co-conspirators have never had a redeeming quality, ZERO. So far, no word on if Bernie Sanders has responded.chron.com
1 year later: A look back at botched Harding Street raid, what’s next
A botched raid resulted in multiple Houston Police Department officers being shots and two homeowners killed. The story fell apart on Feb. 15, 2019, after Channel 2 Investigates first revealed documents showing cops manufactured an unlawful warrant prior to the raid. We’ll get to the truth.” Her office also launched an extensive review of thousands of past cases involving now-former HPD officers Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant. Last spring, Channel 2 Investigates was the first media outlet to take viewers inside the home and revealed what autopsy reports were found. At his office in Missouri, Maloney said his forensic findings had not matched with the narrative pushed out by HPD.
Before and after: Northwest Houston business sustains significant damage from explosion
HOUSTON – An early-morning blast at a northwest Houston machining and manufacturing company Friday killed at least two people, according to officials. The blast happened around 4:20 a.m. at a business near Gessner Road and Clay Road. Some debris from the blast landed nearly half a mile away from the explosion site, Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted. Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, the site of the explosion, sustained significant damage. Photos of the northwest Houston business show the exterior before and after the massive blast.
Man jumps out of moving car, allegedly shoots at Houston police officers during traffic stop
Man jumps out of moving car, allegedly shoots at Houston police officers during traffic stopHouston police officers investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting along Yellowstone Boulevard on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Houston police officers investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting along Yellowstone Boulevard on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The officers pulled a car over for a broken headlight around 3:15 a.m. Thursday in the 3900 block of Yellowstone, Acevedo said. Several more officers rushed to the area and reportedly found the suspect hiding underneath a car a few blocks away. The officer who was driving is a rookie and did not fire his weapon, Acevedo said.chron.com
Officer possibly shoots man seen pistol-whipping victim in Midtown
HPD investigators, commanders & PIO responding to an officer-involved shooting in the 2200 block of Fannin that occurred about 1 p.m. Preliminary info is a male suspect shot at a HPD officer who returned fire, possibly striking him. #hounews Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 6, 2020At officer involved shooting Hadley and Fannin. Involved officer is ok. Officers are also checking local hospitals in case the suspect went in for treatment.abc13.com
Man possibly injured during officer-involved shooting in Midtown
HPD investigators, commanders & PIO responding to an officer-involved shooting in the 2200 block of Fannin that occurred about 1 p.m. Preliminary info is a male suspect shot at a HPD officer who returned fire, possibly striking him. Updates to be provided at the scene. #hounews Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 6, 2020At officer involved shooting Hadley and Fannin. Officers are also checking local hospitals in case the suspect went in for treatment.abc13.com
HPD officers shoot armed suspect in NE Houston
He even pointed the weapon on himself, according to Acevedo, who reviewed an officer's bodycam video. He was basically ready to die, and saying he was going to force them to shoot him," Acevedo said. "Unfortunately, at one point, the suspect finally brought up the gun and aimed it toward the officers. "The suspect was then flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he underwent surgery.HPD said there were five officers who shot at the suspect. They are being placed on desk duty pending an investigation.The chief also mentioned that a friend of the suspect told police that the suspect once told him that if he was ever to engage police, he would shoot them.abc13.com
HPD officers shoot and kill armed suspect in NE Houston
Chief @ArtAcevedo & detectives are en route to an officer involved shooting at 11000 Spottswood near Little York. Prelim info is several of our officers discharged weapons at an armed male suspect. #hounews Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 4, 2020On my way to an officer involved shooting in the 11000 block of Spotswood. Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) January 4, 2020HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An armed suspect has died after several officers opened fire at him Friday evening in northeast Houston.According to a tweet from Houston police, it happened at 11000 Spottswood Drive near Little York Road. "Please keep all involved in your prayers," wrote Chief Art Acevedo in a tweet.abc13.com
Man sentenced to life for Montrose bar murder set to be exonerated
EMBED >More News Videos WATCH: Lydell Grant gave all credit to God as he was released from prison Tuesday. "Ogg said the new charge will lead to the exoneration of Grant.On Friday night, Chief Art Acevedo issued a rare apology to Grant following the new charge against a different suspect. "The highest responsibility of a prosecutor is to see that justice is done and insuring that we have the correct individual charged is a baseline responsibility," said Ogg. "To accomplish that in this case, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney's Office worked together diligently to identify, track down, arrest and obtain a statement from Carter, who finally admitted to killing Aaron Scheerhoorn. "Ogg said the district attorney's office will begin Grant's exoneration process immediately.abc13.com
Acevedo: Bullet did not pierce slain Houston police sergeants vest
Acevedo: Bullet did not pierce slain Houston police sergeants vestHouston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo speaks to the media before officers from the Houston Police Department escort the body of Sgt. Christopher Brewster out of the Harris County Institute of Forensic ... more Photo: Mark Mulligan/Staff Photographer Photo: Mark Mulligan/Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Acevedo: Bullet did not pierce slain Houston police sergeants vest 1 / 19 Back to GalleryHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday night that a bullet did not pierce Sgt. Christopher Brewsters body armor, clearing up earlier concerns that rounds possibly penetrated the bulletproof vest. Again, the vest performed as expected and there was no vest failure. We are relieved to have established that the concerns regarding a vest penetration have been email@example.com
Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan killed in traffic stop
Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan killed in traffic stopThis undated photo provided by the Nassau Bay, Texas, Police Department shows Tavores Henderson. Kaila Sullivan with his vehicle while fleeing a traffic stop Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, 2019. (Nassau Bay Police Department via AP) less This undated photo provided by the Nassau Bay, Texas, Police Department shows Tavores Henderson. Kaila ... more Photo: Associated Press Photo: Associated Press Image 1 of / 29 Caption Close Nassau Bay police Sgt.chron.com
Slain HPD sergeant's vest may have been penetrated: chief
This is the message that was sent to all HPD officers tonight by Chief Art Acevedo. pic.twitter.com/QRQ2Dh49Vf Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 10, 2019HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A bulletproof vest worn by slain Houston police Sgt. Christopher Brewster was "potentially penetrated" when he responded to a domestic disturbance call, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo.After first releasing the information on Monday, Acevedo added additional details Tuesday. The heavier vests are worn outside the uniform, as opposed to the standard issue vest that's worn underneath. After HPD's tweet went out, Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, expressed concern over the potential of failure in equipment.abc13.com
Acevedo calls out Cornyn, Cruz, McConnell after Houston sergeant fatally shot by 'domestic abuser'
Acevedo calls out Cornyn, Cruz, McConnell after Houston sergeant fatally shot by 'domestic abuser'Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo speaks to the media before officers from the Houston Police Department escort the body of Sgt. I dont want to hear about how much they care about the sanctity of lives, Acevedo said. Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn; the latter of which Acevedo jousted with last week on Twitter after a press conference about the Violence Against Women Act. The Violence Against Women Act is still fully funded despite what the Chief implied, a spokesman said. "Democrats in DC walked away from negotiations and thats when it fell apart," said Drew Brandewie, a spokesman for Cornyn.chron.com
Fallen HPD officer remembered as 'the best of the best'
I am finally alone at home reflecting about the loss of @houstonpolice Sergeant Chris Brewster, a hero through & through. I will always cherish his infectious smile & his love for his family, friends, co-workers & community. Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) December 8, 2019One of our fellow Houston Police officers shared these heartwarming photos and this post. "The best of the best are the ones that get killed because they're the ones that don't wait. "He had his work family, and he had his gym family, and both are trying to come to terms with his death.abc13.com
Sgt. Christopher Brewster remembered as 'the best of the best'
I am finally alone at home reflecting about the loss of @houstonpolice Sergeant Chris Brewster, a hero through & through. I will always cherish his infectious smile & his love for his family, friends, co-workers & community. Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) December 8, 2019HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Chief Art Acevedo worked through his tears Saturday night as he remembered Sgt. "The best of the best are the ones that get killed because they're the ones that don't wait."Sgt. Christopher Brewster was responding to a domestic disturbance call when he was fatally shot.Acevedo recalled just nine months ago when he promoted Brewster to sergeant.abc13.com
HPD chief double downs on comments: 'I stand by that, we had probable cause to be there'
HOUSTON - The first mug shots of former Houston Police Department narcotics Officers Gerald Goines and Stephen Bryant were released Friday night. Hours after the charges were announced, Chief Art Acevedo held his own news conference. However, on Friday, when a reporter asked about it on two occasions, Acevedo had this reaction: "I stand by that. The chief then added a bit later: "We are a nation where the rule of law matters, so tell Mario thanks for watching. We are hoping the chief addresses the question in full in the near future.
HPD reports 75% increase in DWI arrests
HPD reports 75% increase in DWI arrestsHarris County Precinct 8 deputy constable Jonathan Toliver administers a field sobriety test on the Gulf Freeway Service Road Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Houston. Harris County Precinct 8 deputy constable Jonathan Toliver administers a field sobriety test on the Gulf Freeway Service Road Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close HPD reports 75% increase in DWI arrests 1 / 1 Back to GalleryHouston Police are reporting a 75 percent increase in the number of drunken driving arrests for the first six months of 2019, Chief Art Acevedo said Monday. HPD made 3,862 DWI arrests in the first six months of 2019, up from 2,218 arrests in 2018, Acevedo announced at a news conference urging Houstonians to make plans during the Fourth of July weekend in order to avoid drinking and driving. The chief said while the increase may be partly attributed to the efforts of the police department, the numbers were nothing to celebrate.chron.com
Suspect killed, officer wounded after shootout in southwest Houston
Suspect killed, officer wounded after shootout in southwest HoustonA Houston police officer was injured after a police chase and shootout with a suspect in southwest Houston Friday night. A Houston police officer was injured after a police chase and shootout with a suspect in southwest Houston Friday night. Photo: Metro Video Services Photo: Metro Video Services Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Suspect killed, officer wounded after shootout in southwest Houston 1 / 10 Back to GalleryA Houston police officer was injured after a police chase and shootout with a suspect in southwest Houston Friday night. A suspect was killed in the shooting, after officers returned fire following a traffic stop. "The suspect came up out gun and raised it out towards the female officer," HPD's Chief Art Acevedo said.chron.com