Houston Police Officers will now be able to work more hours of overtime, sometimes partnering up in patrol cars rather than riding alone and waiting for back up.
What dangers could this pose to the public? Tired, overworked, disillusioned police officers paired together. Double the pain, double the hours, all with your generous tax donations!
Rather than endangering the public, couldn’t HPD put this money to use in more thorough training of the officers? If you had to fund the HPD, what type of program would you like to see?
Welcome to Houston.
We have a culture of self protection and second amendment rights in Houston. Is it surprising that a 74 year old woman would have a gun? Is it surprising that a 74 year old woman might also be suffering from dementia?
In comes the HPD SWAT team to save the day. After being seen with a pistol in her hand, neighbors quickly called SWAT on the elderly woman. SWAT team negotiated with the woman to surrender after watching her sweep her apartment and listening to her on the phone “ramble about various subjects”.
Another example of excessive force brought to you by HPD.
Chief Hurtt is going to add a stronger police presence to Acre Homes in an attempt to find a suspect responsible for the deaths of multiple young women in the course of one week. Whether the intimidating police force will solve a murder or round up suspects through racial and economic profiling remains to be seen.
Mayor White claimed that much has already been done for Acre Homes in regards to the homicides, citing the clearing of lots, a reduction in homicides since last year, and the removal of trash.
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