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In its motion, the city's attorneys accused Phifer and Brad Beers of concocting a conspiracy theory by lassoing facts from the Medrano case in order to nullify a verdict that didn't make them happy.
"The [Medrano] case was handled and resolved based on the facts and merits of that case, which have nothing to with this case," the motion states.
Which might turn out to be true if the city's legal department could just delineate how those facts and merits "cried out" for a settlement and the facts and merits in the Etubom case don't — especially when the city was ready to pin Estela Medrano's death on her husband's circadian rhythms.
Instead, the city paid her husband $262,500 — but city attorneys also agreed to the Medranos' special request: that the Houston Police Department produce a training video on the risks of speeding while running silent.
Narrated by one of Medrano's sons, the script reads, "I believe that my mother would be alive today if the officer had used good judgment and turned on his emergency lights and siren...We don't want you to be injured or killed, and we don't want any other families to suffer the way our family has suffered."
The department agreed to show the video to cadets, and to current officers during retraining exercises, through August 31, 2014.
After that, the department doesn't have to show it.
This reminds me of an old joke about insurance sales people. A friend told one insurance agent:
"I have fire, water, earthquake, car, home, hurricane, bad weather, good weather, etc. insurance. The only insurance I do not have is one against insurance agents"
In this case, police is supposed to be our protector against the bad people, but who protects us citizens of an over-eager, under-trained, overly fraternal, contradictorially regulated, police force, our servers and protectors.?
Almost universally as far as I know, police are a fraternal organization that will protect their own no matter what.
I shared this earlier because like so many of the articles the Press writes about, peoples lives are forever changed in drastic ways
HPD we're supposed to enforce the laws but they do not apply to us.. Can't tell you how many times I've seen an HPD cruiser headed down West Dallas at 90-100 MPH with no lights on, only using them to run red lights, and the posted speed limit is 30. This happens near daily..
Now that I mention that there are now 2-3 speed traps in the afternoon on W Dallas. Consider yourself warned, looking for folks hauling tail out of downtown towards Montrose. HPD will exceed the speed limit by 2-3x, while you will get a ticket for 35, aww isn't hypocrisy grand.
When I rode a bicycle in Houston, I was regularly harrassed by cops--one even ticketed me for failure to make a complete stop at a stop sign. Not all cops were like that though. There were several cops who nearly hit me while talking on cell phones or flying down the street without lights/sirens.