Minneapolis suspends use of no-knock warrants as scrutiny over contentious police tactic mounts
The fatal shooting of 22-year-old Amir Locke by Minneapolis police Wednesday has renewed scrutiny of no-knock raids, the practice that drew nationwide outrage two years ago after Louisville Police killed Breonna Taylor during a similar operation.washingtonpost.com
Capitol Police officer sues Trump on Jan. 6 anniversary, saying he ‘directed the mob’ to violence
Briana Kirkland, who was forced to take a year off work after suffering a traumatic brain injury suffered on Jan. 6, is demanding “accountability for Trump’s central role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection,” according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington.washingtonpost.com
Chicago police officer appears to punch man in widely shared video; COPA investigating
The video, posted on Instagram, shows a police officer throwing punches, hitting a man multiple times in the face. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has opened an investigation into the video.chicagotribune.com
VIDEOS, PHOTOS: What we’re seeing across Houston after 2 HPD officers shot in northeast Harris County
Two officers have been shot in an incident in northeast Houston.KPRC 2 is providing comprehensive coverage of the scene and here are some of the videos and images we have of the scene and across Houston as emergency workers provide support.
La Joya police chief did not believe governor’s migrant transport to be a solution
“I don’t know who that customer is, but I’d like to thank that customer for bringing it to our attention,” Ramon Gonzalez, La Joya police chief, said Thursday. Both revelations unraveled as police worked to understand the arrival of the sick migrants in their city. “No, that wouldn’t have helped us in that situation,” Gonzalez said. If drivers couldn’t take migrants to Border Patrol facilities, it could have created large masses of people waiting in La Joya. More agents would have also been moved from enforcement duties to transport leaving more work for police officers in La Joya.myrgv.com
CBP: Smuggler hid fentanyl in a plastic bucket
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $182,000 in fentanyl they found in a plastic bucket this weekend. They say a 50-year-old Brownsville man was driving across Veterans International Bridge on Friday in a 2007 Ford sedan. During a secondary inspection officers discovered five packages containing more than 13 pounds of fentanyl. CBP officers seized the drugs along with the car. The suspect was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents.myrgv.com
HPD: Officers shoot, kill armed man in north Houston
HOUSTON – Officers shot and killed an armed man in north Houston on Thursday night, according to police. According to Houston police, the officers were responding to reports of a person with a gun. Police said that when the officers arrived, they encountered a man with a gun. According to police, officers D. Shurtleff and D. Coppola both discharged their weapons and were not injured in the incident. Shurtleff was sworn in as an officer in September 2018 and Coppola was sworn in as an officer in January 2016.
17 people shot this weekend in Houston, including four teenagers
HOUSTON – Between Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 17 people including four teenagers were shot in Houston, the most of any weekend this year and part of a growing trend of violence in the city. “We haven’t seen this kind of violence, since the late 80s and early 90s when crack first hit the streets here in Houston,” said Doug Griffith, the president of the Houston Police Officers Union. Mayor Sylvester Turner began his Monday press conference addressing the shootings, instead of COVID-19, calling his administration’s commitment to reducing crime “our top priority.”“We cannot blame everything on the pandemic in Houston,” Turner said. “We have a situation that we need to address in our city.”Of the 17 people shot over the weekend, six did not survive their injuries. “Our community/region had too much gun violence this weekend.
HPD: Man found dead inside car parked on exit ramp in downtown Houston
HOUSTON – A man was found dead inside a vehicle parked on a US-59 exit ramp in downtown Houston, according to Houston police. At approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday officers were dispatched to 100 block of Hamilton Street on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene they observed a vehicle damaged with several bullet holes parked on an exit ramp. They found a man dead inside the vehicle. Detectives said it appears the man, a Black male 30 to 40 years of age, died from a gunshot wound.
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.
For NBA players, Taylor grand jury decision 'not enough'
And James was letting his team know that NBA players, who have spent months seeking justice for Breonna Taylor, did not get what they wanted. State Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the officers’ shots that killed Taylor were fired in self-defense. Many NBA players have met, virtually, with members of her family to offer support. ... What currently is happening isn’t good enough.”National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts went a step further. We’re going to continue fighting, we’re going to continue to push, we’re going to continue to use our voices.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Father and son share unbreakable bond as part of the Houston Police Department
Taylor Roccaforte grew up idolizing his father Sam who has spent almost 40 years with the Houston Police Department. Its something that I always loved, Taylor Roccaforte said. Our camera crew caught up with the pair as they preparing to participate in the annual Houston Police Department Physical fitness test. For me, it was challenging, I still run every other day but the sprint is hard on me, Sam Roccaforte said. When anybody calls you and says your son has been shot you want to say are you kidding me?
Driver rams into police SUV during chase in north Houston, officers say
Published: May 18, 2020, 7:46 am Updated: May 18, 2020, 8:31 amHOUSTON – Officers said a driver rammed into a police SUV during a chase in north Houston Monday. At around midnight, police said the driver took off when officers tried to pull them over on Fallbrook near Ella Boulevard. When the driver reached a dead-end and tried to turn around, officers said the police SUV blocked him in. Police said the driver rammed the SUV to try and escape but failed. No one was hurt during the incident, police said.
2 officers injured after patrol unit hydroplanes, crashes while trying to avoid disabled vehicle
HOUSTON – Two officers were injured after they were involved in a crash in west Houston. The incident happened around 1 a.m. Thursday on the Katy Freeway near Chimney Rock Road, authorities said. Police said the officers were heading westbound on the Katy Freeway when they came up on a disabled vehicle. The officers swerved from left to right to avoid the vehicle, which caused them to hydroplane and crash, authorities said. One of the officers may have suffered a broken wrist and a leg injury and the other may have a concussion, authorities said.
Suspect arrested after officer-involved shooting, SWAT standoff in Conroe
CONROE, Texas – A 24-year-old was arrested Monday after holding SWAT officers at bay at an apartment complex in Conroe. The incident started around 4 a.m. when officers responded to some sort of disturbance at Tall Timbers on S 7th St. and Silverdale. "Officers arrived, found the suspect outside, and the suspect immediately fled on foot," said Sgt. Conroe PD and swat team on scene after man holed up in apartment for hours in Tall Timbers Apt Complex. CPD say the suspect shot at Conroe Police Officer.