HPD had over 100 squad cars cited for running red lights without sirens during the first year of installing red light cameras in various locations throughout Houston. Many of the citations handed out have been appealed and dismissed for police officers. The question not asked: how many police officers have run red lights with lights and sirens on just to turn them off and slow down after passing through intersections? We’ve all seen it done, just like we’ve all seen police cars speed, tailgate, harass homeless people with their speaker systems, and other tactics of “traffic control”. Is this what HPD is now calling “community policing”? We hope not.
Category Archives: Car Accidents
Chief Hurtt proves to have more sense than the HPD union. He proposed a limit on when car chases would be allowed, ruling out low level offenses such as traffic stops from qualifying for a chase. In response, the HPD Union raised so many complaints (what these complaints were, we do not know) that the mayor refused to allow Hurtt’s proposal to go into effect.
Instead, there is a new proposal that a supervisor will have to be warned that a police chase is about to begin and will then have to monitor and lead the police officers through the chase. Continue reading
HPD officer hospitalized after accident, to be released
A Houston Police Department officer is expected to be released from a local hospital tonight after being involved in a three-vehicle crash in northeast Houston, authorities said.
Officer T. Winn, en route to a burglary in progress in northeast Houston, hit a vehicle while crossing the intersection at Parker Road and Homestead Road about 4 p.m., police said.
Winn had his sirens and lights on when he crossed the intersection, but struck a pickup truck while crossing. He spun and hit a third vehicle before slamming into a pole, said Victor Senties, HPD spokesman.
Winn and the truck driver were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital-The Texas Medical Center for treatment. A third person involved in the three-car collison suffered no injuries, police said.