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Houston Police Chief Prematurely Alleges Officers Lied To Obtain Search Warrant, Causes Widespread Controversy and Anger

SWAT breaching door

Let me start by saying, I disagree with how Chief Acevedo has handled this incident. Before the completion of the investigation, he has publicly stated he believes there were “mistruths” in the search warrant affidavit. Then Chief Acevedo doubled down and said, “I’m very confident that we’re going to have criminal charges on one or more police officers,” according to an article from NPR.

Such allegations are concerning, no doubt.

However, he could have simply stated: “As with every police involved shooting, we are conducting an extensive internal investigation into this incident. We are also reviewing the narcotics investigation that precluded the execution of the search warrant to ensure everything was done properly. I can assure the citizens of Houston, IF any criminal misconduct or policy violations are found, they will be handled swiftly and properly. Any criminal charges or administrative discipline deemed necessary, will be forth coming once the internal investigation is COMPLETED.”

Boom. Done. Simple.

Then we wait and see what happens. If misconduct is found, file charges, issue terminations, announce it, and be transparent at that time.

Instead, he released detailed allegations that are potentially criminal in nature. I disagree with this approach. You can be transparent and promote accountability without throwing your troops under the bus BEFORE an investigation is completed.

Continuing his tornado of knee-jerk statements, Chief Acevedo stated the Houston Police Department will no longer use “no-knock” search warrants, in a heated meeting with a group of activists and members of the public.

The method of HOW they served the warrant was NOT the reason bad things happened. The shooting could have still taken place if different search warrant tactics were used. The fact remains, the people inside the house decided to shoot at police officers.

Remember how the Chief stated this all transpired in an article dated January 28, 2019, in USA TODAY:

“Suspects opened fire as soon as officers breached the door at a residence in southeast Houston, Police Chief Art Acevedo said at an evening press conference. Two suspects died at the scene from police gunfire, but Acevedo said police do not know how many suspects shot at police.

About a dozen narcotics officers and six patrol officers, Acevedo said, were at the scene to serve the warrant and provide support to investigate the sale of black tar heroin. Officers breached the front door just before 5 p.m. local time while announcing themselves and hitting the siren and lights on a patrol car.”

However, that has all changed, because on Monday, February 18th, an article from the New York Times stated the following:

“Chief Acevedo stated the Police Department would largely end the practice of forcibly entering homes to search them without warning as officers did the evening of the deadly raid. Moving forward, he said that if officers want to use the tactic, known as no-knock warrants, they would need his permission.”

Without warning? I thought they announced themselves while breaching the door, hitting the lights and siren on a patrol car? I don’t know about you, but to me, that is warning.

Yelling: “Police! Search warrant!” + Siren noise = warning. Not to mention it was 5 p.m., not exactly dark out. I can only imagine they were wearing articles of clothing and/or body armor with the word “POLICE” clearly displayed on them.

So why is this such a debacle? Maybe because Acevedo rushes in front of the cameras to say ANYTHING at all, in hopes of appeasing the public. By doing so, he makes himself and the Houston Police Department look foolish. No one likes flip-flopping. Wait for the facts, it isn’t that difficult.

Search warrant tactical debates aside, I see nothing wrong with saying the following: IF the Houston narcotics detective(s) lied, cut corners, fabricated facts, or did anything untruthful to obtain the search warrant, they deserve to be punished.

If you have a problem with me saying that, fine. Don’t follow me or read my articles. I started this website to tell the truth about policing from an officer’s perspective. My main goal is fighting false and inflammatory narratives that exist today, making police officers’ jobs more dangerous.

The very same narratives that lead to people becoming radicalized and killing my co-workers in Dallas, Texas on July 7th, 2016, or days after in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

That is why I say if wrong, they deserve to be punished.

The public needs to hear that statement.

This isn’t me saying ANYONE is guilty, anyone lied, or speculating before an investigation is complete. It is an “IF THEN” statement. IF wrong, THEN punish them. IF they did nothing wrong, THEN they should be vindicated. Presumed innocent, until proven guilty like anyone else.

It’s the Chief’s fault for releasing such detailed allegations this early, while the detective was still in the hospital. His statements and the specificity of them, are the reason the controversy about truthfulness exists.

Part of fighting the false narrative of  “thin blue line of cover-ups” involves admitting mistakes, accepting responsibility for poor decisions, and denouncing behavior that is detrimental to police officers’ reputations. This needs to be done regularly and doesn’t suggest we can’t fight false accusations or stand behind an officer when they are in the right.

In today’s society, if you remain silent about something even POTENTIALLY negative, the masses assume you condone it. It’s that simple.

Put simply, a dishonest police officer has wide spread, long lasting, negative ramifications on the entire profession.

Recently, the FBI announced they are conducting an investigation collaboratively, yet independently, into the search warrant and possible civil rights violations.

As I mentioned, I have multiple follow up articles planned regarding this incident and related topics.

They include: Search warrants – “no-knock” versus “knock announce” how they differ and the pros and cons about each of them, the myths about the “THIN BLUE LINE OF SILENCE”, and lastly, how knee jerk policy changes by police chiefs simply attempt to appease the public but do more harm than good.

So stay tuned and feel free to subscribe for email notifications when an article is published.

As always, thank an officer today.

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  1. I don’t know when people and leaders will learn. Let’s investigate what happened then we will baae our actions off of the facts.

  2. These Chiefs are puppets nothing more. I have worked for and with some Great Chiefs and Sheriffs in my 19 and counting years behind the badge. They are hard to find now. We need men or women in leadership with backbone to lead our bleeding thin blue line.

    God help us.

  3. I had to sit down after reading this. I sat down and stared out the window at the bumper to bumper traffic for almost an hour trying to wrap my mind around it. I eventually did. . .

    I live in Houston. People are fed up with the corruption and lack of accountability. This case was the tipping point for people. I imagine there’s a bunch of real nervous folks associated with this disaster. Houston isn’t buying that “one dirty cop” line or “isolated incident” Not this time. Your only as good as your leader. He stood in front of a camera and lied to the whole city. There’s more to come and it’s -not surprising, just sad.

    • Lack of accountability? The two officers in question are already on admin leave and if warranted, criminal charges are forthcoming.

      Do you expect this do be done over night? Or would you rather they do a thorough and complete investigation so they get it right?

      What did Acevedo lie about specifically? I think he’s said way too much too easily trying to appease people like yourself and it’s biting him in the ass.

    • Don’t buy the “one dirty cop” line if you don’t want.

      I have another article coming about the myths people like yourself believe about “the thin blue line” of silence and cover ups. I can’t write and write and write for 3000 words people stop reading. So be patient but in the end believe what you want. I will not argue on here constantly.

  4. This is ironic isn’t it. Do you remember what brought me to this blog? It was your posting of this Houston incident. I commented because it was incorrect in the title. You deleted it promptly. So it’s only fitting that this post here be the reason that I’ll no longer follow this blog. I know it’s no sweat off your back. However for someone to have the stance of “good cop” and wanting to show people a view from behind the badge – you can’t seem comment on holding other cops accountable. I’m speaking of this specific incident. What did Chief lie about? Being transparent for starters while trying to block FOIA thru Paxton. I have the documents. No need to debate it here though. Let the investigation play out? This cop has lied. That’s a fact. Two people are dead. The Chief has changed his story more times than can be taken seriously now. Goines is in fact a dirty cop. Just like the others who work around him in narcotics. You really think he’s been doing this all alone and nobody had a clue. Get real man. I’ve been done with that street life for a long while now but everyone on the southwest knows to stay clear of Goines to this day because he will fabricate some shit and have you put away. This isn’t an isolated event. You watch and see. It’s going to come tumbling down. The mindset of let the investigation finish is comical. Let HPD investigate themselves huh? Do you realize the ignorance in that. Do you arrest someone and then go get their buddy and tell them to investigate. I know you see the quackery in that. If cops did their job and investigated before killing people we wouldn’t be here. But wait there was nothing to investigate was there. There was zero effort put into investigating the Tuttles before kicking their door in and murdering them in cold blood. Jan 8 anonymous call. Jan 27th a made up buy and Jan 28th they are dead. Yet you sit here and tell me how long and thorough investigations take. Please man. Be real. How not to jump to conclusions and afford them time to tell their side. That doesnt go for the general public though. Execute them for some marijuana and white powder without a trial. What about before hand how about that investigation? HPD didn’t do a single thing right. This is what people are sick and tired of. It’s not just HPD either. Here’s a link that sums it up if you care to see what a disaster this is based on facts. You somehow are affording the badge the benefit of the doubt and that blows me away. I get it and you get it and that’s all that matters. You’ll always stand on that side at all cost and that’s the problem. The time you posted about this shooting and there was a picture of an officer shot on the ground and his gun was the center of the pic and bright red blood trail leading to it I thought that was pretty dramatic since it wasn’t even a Houston officer but some Canadian Med unit. Then you had no clue how the picture even got there. I knew then but decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. That was my bad. Your either for the good and justice for all people or your not.
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    • I don’t have an issue with the FBI investigating it. I welcome it. I have no issue with that.

      If you read this entire article and missed the entire second half of it where I talk about accountability. The fact bad cops have no place in our ranks. The fact it leads to officers getting hurt and we need to denounce it. Then fine. I don’t have insider information about Paxton and other people. I write about articles and topics in an easy to understand manner that some people enjoy. You don’t. Fine.

      Yes. Mr Pipelyfe. Let the investigation PLAY OUT. How long do you think it will take the DA and the FBI to audit all of his 1400+ cases.

      You can be emotional all you want. Fed up. I get it. If you somehow think I relish seeing bad cops ruin our profession and make our job more dangerous then you’re clearly not that rational of a person. I’ve had coworkers, friends killed over this shit too. Their phone numbers in the phone of which I am responding to you.

      So don’t sit and act like I haven’t and am not calling for accountability and transparency that’s exactly what I just said in this article . I condemned how Chief Acevedo has foolishly blabbed to the media, talking in circles. See, he’s become a politician so afraid of people like you he lost his mind and rambles to the media anything he thinks people and activists want to hear. Then it bites him in the ass. Then he looks untrustworthy when stories change.

      If you think these investigations can happen over night especially when some of the critical witnesses are in the hospital, you aren’t quite realistic.

      Also, i have personally executed hundreds of narcotics search warrants. I did so over three years in Dallas. Very heavily barricaded, heavily armed drug houses. I know what I’m talking about when it comes to running warrants and confronting people. I’ve slammed doors. I’ve pried cages. I’ve been last in the door. And I’ve been first in the door to see countless people react to us being there.

      If they are wearing police heavy vests and gear, rifles out screaming POLICE, with police cars hitting the siren, they knew who it was. So you can put all the blame on the police on that aspect like most people do these days. But if YOU want to be honest with yourself, they very well could have made a bad choice.

      It’s tragic. I don’t like this. It pisses me off. There are no winners.

      But hey, you have your opinions and I have mine.

      You can bash and be all noble about that initial post where the wrong photo was on the post. That’s fine. I am human. If you ever try running a website, using WordPress, you’ll eventually have multiple photos in a file and sometimes you’ll post something and it won’t load correctly. Or it won’t load at all.

      Why it matters what photo was on there seems like an odd thing to get your undies in a bunch. An officer was shot. It apparently showed an officer bleeding from Canada. Okay. On my end it showed the Houston Pd headline. I can’t explain it. I had another article that when posted, it would “preview” or display a second photo that was in the body of the article. Something was jacked up. And I spent hours trying to fix it. Something about meta tags and how Facebook codes and prioritized photos. I’m not the fricken New York Times here man. I’m someone just like you who has a passion for supporting the good cops in this world and CALLING OUT THE BAD ONES.

      Don’t complain to me because you read my article where I said exactly that and you still can’t see it.

      If you hate my website and my calling out bad officers so much, do what you said, unfollow. Im not perfect. Nor are cops. We are all flawed humans. But in the end we should expect the best and try our best.

      By the way, I’m not affording anyone the benefit of the doubt simply because they wear a badge. But as we’ve seen over the last month about this story, things keep changing and stories change. Some of that is on the media too.

      Take care.

      • Zero.

        The PIU unit “public integrity unit” did that for me.

        And arresting them took as much work as arresting normal people. Everyone still has constitutional rights. Even police.

        It happens. Often. You just don’t hear about it. Like the 250,000 people who die annually from medical errors.

      • So you could arrested them but you didn’t. So no it’s not the same amount of work as arresting “normal” people (cops aren’t normal people?) By saying “for you” do you mean that the PIU directly arrested and filed charges on a cop based on your testimony of them breaking the law? Or do you just mean as a police department in general that the PIU arrests cops charged with a crime?

        So my point is that your only surrounded by cops that don’t break the law so you’ve never witnessed anything but police obey the law therefore you’ve never wrote one a ticket, citation or arrested one. It’s either that or you turn a blind eye to it. Which one seems more plausible?

        Everyone has constitutional rights. Is that why Goines doesn’t have a warrant for his arrest? It’s obvious to anyone that he’s broken the law. When he’s released from the hospital he should exit and enter the jail. Then he gets to sit there or bond out. Yet that isn’t happening. There needs to be a full investigation of all 1400 of his cases before we can reach a decision as to him breaking the law in this current situation? If I’m suspected of a crime that eventually led to two people being killed I’d be able to remain free with zero charges while it’s investigated? Can I ride around with heroin in my car and nothing happen to me? Even if say oh I was bringing that to the police station but just slipped my mind? No I can’t. I’m aware that everyone has constitutional rights. It seems they are being honored where Goines is concerned yet we both know that isn’t how people are treated on a daily basis. Why is that?

        Tuttle has a constitutional right to protect his home from unlawful invasion too. When you don’t have any reason to bust down the door that’s unlawful. When you lie and say there was a buy made that wasn’t then that’s unlawful. When you bust in somebody’s door unannounced ( because none of the neighbors interviewed said they heard sirens. Or the word “police” Only shots) and shoot their dog first and they are in another room it’s very possible your going to catch a bullet in your head. Yet Goines isn’t in jail.

        How odd is it that Tuttles .357 hasn’t been found. Strange since he died in the house. I wonder what happened. Did a disabled vet who has mobility issues and hard if hearing move so fast he was able to draw on cops who had the element of surprise on their side and hit four of them with a .357 revolver before they killed him? This guy is amazing. Truly. All bullshit aside. Or Maybe Tuttle didn’t have a gun on his waistband in his own home. Maybe the cops around back heard the cops shoot the dog and started firing blindly. I mean the 17 bullet holes on the outside of the house have a story to tell. But let’s not speculate right. Even though we don’t have the owners weapon. Wait for the investigation.

      • You don’t get how things work. It’s okay. I get it. You demand justice overnight.

        See there’s a difference between doing something illegal during the course of your duties and riding around with heroin.

        I’m not going to waste my time debating speculation. Nothing we have to say will affect the investigation, the time frame, or the manner in which job related investigations take place.

        And no, I didn’t specially arrest police. Not sure what world you live in but I was busy answering calls and making arrests not following around fellow cops as if I’m some form of oversight. That’s like suggesting the windshield repair man fixing windshields in southeast Houston oversees and integrity checks other windshield guys around the city. Unrealistic. I reported an officer that we found something during a traffic stop they led us to believe he was associating with felons. He didn’t get fired for that. But has since been fired for other issues of criminal nature. I was extremely happy. But your utopian view that we have enough time and ability to police each other while deal with hundreds of thousands of calls for service etc is comical in the realistic sense.

        PIU did that and only that. Here’s a description for you.

        The Public Integrity Unit (PIU) is a criminal investigation unit designated to investigate all allegations of criminal conduct or corruption made against Dallas police officers on or off duty within the city limits of Dallas. PIU investigates any criminal allegations made against other city employees who are acting in an official capacity.

        Again, I don’t have time to “what if” this to death. We could do that about everything under the sun. Every police shooting. If me saying I welcome FBI investigation and punishment if wrong isn’t enough for you then I don’t know what else to say.

      • I get full well how things work. It’s illegal to posses heroin. Period. For you not to log the drugs in a timely matter and ride around with them and have them in your car is illegal. But that gets a free pass. Yes you’ve witnessed officers doing illegal things but didn’t arrest them because they were officers. Not because you were too busy running calls. Police don’t police each other because of backlash and fear of losing their jobs. Therefore we have the sad excuse for public servants that we have. Like I said earlier the FBI can come in and investigate like that changes anything. Like the FBI is somehow filled with only good cops. The FBI has the same problem every other branch of law enforcement has so that fixes nothing. What exactly does the FBI do for this investigation? Do I want overnight justice? Certainly not. Justice needs to be served however. Nobody seems to want to address the fact that two people are dead over what is appearing to be very poor police work by a person with a questionable past and instead of charging the people involved it’s getting obscured because we need a very detailed investigation all of the sudden. We have 1400 cases to investigate now before we can decide if these two people were killed by mistake. Does that make very much sense. Just like the points in my comments that go unanswered. Nobody wants to address those. Those are what people want answers for. The reporters seem to be to scared to ask real questions. People are sick and tired of this pony show. And you being an officer full well know that there are way more people fed up with this than are voicing it. You can say your for accountability and all that other jazz but if you purposely overlook that because your busy with other calls then I have a hard time believing that. The guy putting in windshields certainly isn’t going to police the windshield makers since he isn’t there seeing that happen but if he sees a fellow windshield repair man cracking windshields in a parking lot he isn’t going to keep his mouth shut because he’s to busy repairing them – or is he?

      • This rambling statement is too difficult to respond to in a methodical manner. As I’ve stated before, police departments have units tasked with investigating police officers. I have NEVER seen an officer do anything outwardly illegal. Therefore, unlike your odd belief that I could, I woudln’t run over and slap cuffs on an officer. For example, after a shooting. I wouldn’t be like: “Well, I deem your actions were unreasonable in that shooting that just took place, I am now taking you in custody!” It doesn’t work like that. If you shoot and kill someone in the course of your duties, you’re listed as a suspect in a homicide and its investigated as such. The difference between that and “Joe Schmoe” is you know who the suspect is, they’re standing there telling you what happened. It’s not a “who dunnit” come find me. It’s a “was this reasonable?” That’s the difference. Hopefully you understand this now and stop with the arresting other officers nonsense. Also, you are convoluting facts with your emotions again. Whether the detectives other 1400 cases are found to be handled perfectly or not, has ZERO bearing on whether charges are filed for his actions on the shooting. They are not related. So stop throwing a fit. You seem to think that officers see other officers “cracking windshields” or “planting evidence” or “killing people unjustly” on a daily basis. Truly irrational and insane for you to think that. I did my job and I reported an officer when I had suspicions. That’s all I can do. Criminal justice system here is built on the PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE. No matter who is accused. And yes sir, I get it, these people are dead. No trial for them. Well. I guess in the end we will see if theres a trial for those who killed them. That’s what we are ultimately waiting on.

      • They don’t? The Chief stood in front of cameras and said they weren’t wearing body cameras. He released the search warrant that detailed the reason for the raid. So since when?

      • They don’t release details like “updates on the investigation” or “identities of undercover officers”. A search warrant is public record once it’s executed. Splitting hairs here. Point is, every little detail won’t be released this early in the game. That fact, doesn’t mean they aren’t “being transparent”.

      • The Chief says to the world that there wasn’t body cams being worn but asks to have that info withheld. Is that being transparent? I know the swat team may not gave directly wore them but the other officers there had them on and that will be the chiefs response and his excuse when people find this out. “Well we were discussing body cams for swat officers and not the other 50 that were there for support – y’all never asked about those guys bodycams” See what I mean by pony show that people are sick of.

        If it weren’t for Gamaldi opening his mouth with that deflection tactic right at the beginning a lot of people – most people wouldn’t have batted an eye at this and it would have been a cover up. Yet that sent people’s radar into overdrive because it made no sense for him to do that. I’d like someone to address the facts of the case so far but nobody wants to do that. We must wait for a full investigation. A full investigation by the same crooks that caused this fiasco in the first place. We must wait for the crooks to let us know what really went on.

        Last Friday the Houston Police Department released the inventory of items seized during the January 28 drug raid that killed a middle-aged couple and injured five narcotics officers. Strikingly absent is any evidence that Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas were selling drugs from their house at 7815 Harding Street, notwithstanding Police Chief Art Acevedo’s portrayal of them as scary, heavily armed, locally notorious heroin dealers.

        According to the warrant affidavit, a confidential informant bought heroin from a man matching Tuttle’s description at the house the day before the raid, when he reported seeing a “large quantity of plastic baggies” containing heroin. Instead police found “approximately 18 grams of marijuana” and “approximately 1.5 grams of an unknown white powder” that Acevedo later identified as cocaine. These are personal use quantities that are not consistent with drug dealing. Nor did police find any equipment, supplies, or cash indicative of drug sales. The inventory does not mention scales, bags, or heroin paraphernalia. It does not even mention the police-supplied money that the C.I. supposedly used to buy heroin from Tuttle, which should have been identifiable by serial numbers recorded before the purchase.

        The other four items in the inventory are guns: a 20-gauge Beretta ALS shotgun, a 12-gauge Remington 1100 shotgun, a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle, and a .22-caliber Winchester 190 semi-automatic rifle. The list does not include the .357 Magnum revolver that police say Tuttle fired at the officers who broke into his home, shot his dog, and killed his wife. Nor does it mention the 9mm semi-automatic handgun that the C.I. supposedly saw in the house the day before, which apparently disappeared along with the heroin and the money.

        “There’s nothing identified in [the] search warrant return as scales or baggies, or anything that would be used to distribute heroin—or any other drugs, for that matter,” Val Zuniga, a local defense attorney who specializes in drug cases, noted in an interview with KTRK, the ABC station in Houston. “It’s not the amount of drugs that would be associated with distribution. I think in this case the officer probably relied on an unreliable informant.”

        That much seems pretty clear, but it does not get the narcotics officer who applied for the warrant off the hook. “The confidential informant has provided informant [sic] and assistance to officers in the past on at least ten (10) prior occasions which has lead [sic] to narcotic arrests and seizures,” wrote the officer, whose name is blacked out in the publicly released copy of the affidavit. “The confidential informant has proven to be credible and reliable on many prior occasions.” Before sending the C.I. into the house, the officer told him that “narcotics were being sold and stored” there, so it was clear what he wanted to prove and what kind of “assistance” was required.

        The officer swore that he searched the C.I. prior to the controlled buy and watched him as he entered the house and emerged from it, which implies that the “quantity of brown powder” (later identified as black-tar heroin) the C.I. presented must have come from there. The officer also said the house was subsequently put under “surveillance,” so someone presumably would have noticed if people arrived there to buy all of Tuttle’s heroin or if Tuttle came out to dispose of a 9mm pistol between the alleged transaction and the raid the following evening. These inconsistencies may help explain why the HPD recently suspended an officer who was involved in the raid, reportedly because of questions about the search warrant.

        Acevedo on Friday reiterated his promise to conduct a thorough investigation of the raid and the events leading to it. “When we are done with our investigation, we will have uncovered and turned over every stone to get at the truth,” he said. “We owe that to the involved officers. We owe that to the family of the deceased suspects, and at the end of the day we owe it to the community.”

        Yet Acevedo seems to have prejudged the outcome of an important aspect of the investigation by claiming “the neighborhood thanked our officers” for raiding Tuttle and Nicholas’ home, “because it was a drug house” and “a problem location.” He also paraphrased an anonymous informant who called police on January 8 to complain that “her daughter was in the house, and there were guns and heroin.” According to Acevedo, “The informant stated she did not want to give any information because they were drug dealers and they would kill her.” By contrast, the neighbors who have spoken to the press say they never noticed any suspicious activity at the house and thought Tuttle and Nicholas, who had no criminal records to speak of and had lived on the block for more than two decades, were “wonderful people.”

        Part of the investigation into the raid will involve sorting through the evidence to support these dueling portraits. We already know which one Acevedo favors.

        Update: KTRK, citing “sources close to the investigation,” reports that the woman who called police on January 8 was Rhogena Nicholas’ mother, who was worried that her 58-year-old daughter “was doing drugs inside her own home.” If so, the complaint that set the investigation into motion, culminating in the home invasion that killed Nicholas and her husband, was very different from the way Acevedo described it during his press conference three days later, when he implied that Tuttle and Nicholas were scary “drug dealers” and that the caller was afraid they might kill her. Acevedo also said that two patrol officers dispatched to the house heard a passer-by say “the police are at the dope house” while talking on her cellphone. If the KTRK story is accurate, Acevedo, wittingly or not, misrepresented a family dispute as a tip about drug dealing.

      • Okay, lets try this yet again.

        I read the search warrant affidavit and a few things stand out to me that suggest HPD needs to do some major overhauling in their warrant writing and standard evidence handling protocols.

        To start, nowhere in the affidavit did I see any mention of a field test conducted on the suspected powder that was allegedly purchased from the home in question. That’s an issue. My search warrants included a field test, weights, who conducted the field test, who witnessed it, etc. Obviously, this is a procedural flaw along within the Houston PD narcotics division.

        Secondly, I saw a news article that stated this detective has written that a gun was seen in over 100 warrants but not one time was a warrant seized. That is incredibly odd. For multiple reasons. I wrote hundreds of search warrants myself. I even polled fellow narcotics detectives I worked with for over 3 years on the % of times we seized guns on our warrants. They all responded 50-60% of the time we would seize a gun. So whether this particular detective lied, had informants that were lying, it doesn’t matter, who is lying, what is odd is zero out of 100 warrants had a gun at the residence. Shocking and baffling in so many senses of the word. Where I worked, you’d have to activelly try to be that unlucky when it comes to NOT seizing guns.

        Lastly, I think you have this sense of anger and frustration that also leads you to read into things that aren’t there or as they seem. For example, your implication that the dectective told the informant “there are drugs being sold and stored at this residence” and you suggested that the detective told this to the informant so the informant would “give him the help he needed”. Ummm, the informant knows what the allegation is if you’re handing him money and directing them to attempt to buy drugs from the house. It’s not a secret. So either the informant is dirty, the dective is dirty, or worse, they’re both dirty.

        BUT… and this is a very important “BUT”…. lets just assume that they really did purchase heroin when they said they did, that doesn’t guaruntee that the heroin will be there the next day. Where i worked, we would make a couple buys and then hit the house, but not always the next day. Sometimes two or three days later. A lot can change in 24-72 hours. Yes, I know they said they put “surveillance” on the house. I wonder what that specifically and realistically means. Does that mean around the clock surveillance? That’s a lot of time, manpower, and effort into just a “suspected drug house” with street level distribution at best.

        I can’t speak on how Houston does their business. That’s one of many issues when we talk about policing across the country. It varies wildly from city to city, county to county, let alone State to State.

        I can’t say this enough. If this detective was dirty, his time is coming. If he lied, took short cuts, and utilized dirty informants, then his time is coming. Maybe the informants were clean and he wrote what he wrote in the affidavit to get the warrant anyway? Who knows? I don’t know. But speculating does nothing good other than convolute an already crappy situation.

        I can tell you from over 3 years of narc experience….. guns were seized easily 50-60% of the time hitting full blown trap houses.

        Sometimes I bought weed and hit the house and no weed was found, but got lucky and there was heroin and cocaine instead. Sometimes i bought crack and when we hit it, there was nothing there. A “dry hole” we called it. Some houses were run by people like the one in Houston, a couple that dabbled, but didn’t distribute heavy amounts. I called them “family traps”.

        Some drug houses were so busy you knew you’d have to push a buyer aside just to get in the door. Some were stash houses the feds would hit with massive quantities you’d never expect to be inside. Sometimes there were literally bags of guns in the houses, sometimes just one.

        Point is, you never know what is in these houses. Even with good surveillance and informants.

        So we can spin around and around and question every finite detail of a warrant affidavit or the investigation leading up to it, but in the end, unless a search warrant is executed mere minutes after the last “controlled buy” you’re rolling the dice as to what will be found when you hit it. In fact, to quell the possibility I’d get a “dry hole” I would do just that. I’d conduct a buy to ensure the house was still “up” then hit it right after. Usually, I had good success doing that. But not always. It is possible they sold their last “rock” to my informant. Damn the luck. Nearly every possible scenario of luck or bad luck when it comes to running narc warrants I have seen with my own eyes. Some are full of guns an dope and other you suspect are loaded down, you come up empty and you’ll never understand why. Maybe they were waiting on the “re-up”? Maybe the drug dealer got shot at the club the night before? Took the day off? Who knows. But this speculation game is a waste of time.

  5. When is the last time the News Media, or activests mention that criminal are responsible for CRIME, no one takes the Victim’s side, and I am not talking about the Criminal who is looked at as a victim.

    Who is responsible for Crime?

    • We don’t do that anymore sir.

      It’s always the fault of someone other than the person committing crime.

      If you fight police with a gun in your pocket and you’re a convicted felon and end up dead, it’s the fault of the police.

  6. That wasn’t my statement about the Detective telling the CI what was being sold at the house. That was in the article that I copied.

    I appreciate your viewpoint on the matter. Since I’m a very practical and a realist I look at most things through that lens. Taking everything into account that has been said by Acevedo and the neighbors along with the affidavits and warrant a person can paint a pretty good picture of what is going on. Not perfect but pretty good. The probability of these people being heroin dealers are very slim. If your dealing drugs enough to catch someone’s attention then you either have some money, some things, or some drugs around you. These people were poor by every aspect. Yes they could have been very very very meticulously about their business. They could have covered all basis to stay low key. However you know as well as I do that someone that careful and that meticulous does not let a stranger walk up to their door and buy heroin. Oh but wait not only that he lets them in and shows him his stash and his guns and then tells him to have a nice day. The informant didn’t know Tuttle by any name at all because the warrant would have said so. That’s given then the benefit of the doubt that the informant even went to the house.

    Since the informants that they use have all denied making a buy for Goines at that house and all of them say they have never seen Tuttle or his wife before I think it’s safe to say that the Detective lied. He’s out of the Hospital now. It would behoove him to tell them which informant he used for this buy. He hasn’t because he can’t because he lied.

    So we don’t have to speculate about that any longer. There was no buy made from that house as stated in the warrant. The warrant states the probable cause. Since the warrant is based on a lie (by an officer with a questionable background) then the cops had no legitimate reason to be there. Yet they went there and killed two people. If you have no lawful reason to kick in my door- just like thug ass burglars do all the time- then I have every right to shoot you. If you die then that’s the price you pay. If you bust in my house and we have a shoot out you can’t claim self defense. If you kill me it’s murder. So how is this not murder by HPD. Please explain that.

    • If that is the case. It’s absolutely murder and should be charged as such. And the more and more I read and hear, it could be the case.

      You won’t hear my defending it. I hope they go to prison for it. They’ve ruined lives and forever tainted the police profession. I can’t stress enough how much I hate this stuff. I wish it never happened. But when it does and the Officer is wrong or dirty, I am not defending them.

      Simply saying they have a right to due process just like a thug ass burglar gets doesn’t mean I unequivocally support police with blindness.

      Lock them up. If he lied. He lied. If he deserves to go to prison, he should go there. Just like a thug ass burglar. There’s no difference once you become dirty. You’re no better then the dirtbags you’re supposed to put away.

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