Charles McClelland

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Police Chief: Officer Didn't Abandon Dog That Died

    A Houston police officer did not leave a dog to die after an arrest, as the dog's owner claimed, Chief Charles McClelland announced last week. Josie Garcia had accused the officer, who'd arrested her husband and a passenger for possession of a controlled substance July 13, of allowing the couple's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Supervisors, Officers Disciplined in HPD Homicide Probe

    Four high-level homicide investigators and four officers have been disciplined after an extensive internal investigations investigation of the Houston Police Department's homicide division. The investigation found that 24 cases dating back to 2004 "were identified with deficiencies including not co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Metro Police Chief Victor Rodriguez: Another Top Cop In Car Crash

    Our traffic tip of the day: If you see a local police chief behind the wheel of an oncoming car, duck. Last month it was Houston police chief Charles McClelland ramming a pedestrian, an incident which earned him a one-day suspension. (Getting caught in the act on video didn't help much.) Now it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Officials Promise iFest's Security Needs Will Be Met

    With nerves on edge after Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, officials at the Houston International Festival and City of Houston say they are up to the challenge of meeting the security needs of an event that organizers believe will bring some 200,000 people to the streets of downtown Houston this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Huge Rape-Kit Testing Backlog Will Vanish With $4.4 Million Plan, Mayor Says

    The city's mountainous pile of rape kits -- 6,600 kits waiting to be tested by labs -- will be gone in 14 months, Mayor Annise Parker announced today. The city will spend $4.4 million to have the kits tested at two private labs. "With this plan we will finally be able to say the backlog is gone," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Complaints Down, Citizen Praise up for HPD, HPD Says

    Houston police are doing swell, Houston police say. And they say they have the numbers to back it up. HPD announced that complaints filed by citizens dropped by 20 percent in 2011, while at the same time "commendations given to officers from citizens" -- which is frankly not a power we knew we had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    HPD Really Wants to Enforce the Noise Ordinance, According to This Shotgun-Cocking Video (UPDATED)

    New video and HPD response in the update. This YouTube video was taken at a Houston Free Thinkers Free Show, and, according to the person who posted it, it's what happened when HPD showed up to investigate a noise complaint. It appears to show an HPD officer cocking a shotgun of some sort to intim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    DA Lykos Tries to Rebut Grand Jury's Attack

    Pat Lykos returning fire.​The grand jury that has been investigating whether the District Attorney's office broke any laws regarding blood-alcohol tests from so-called "BAT" vehicles did not issue any indictments, but it went out with a bang. Jury foreperson Trisha Pollard distributed a lette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Mayor, Police Chief Hail Cut in Murder Rate

    The count is down.​You're living in a safer place, Houstonians. Mayor Annise Parker and police chief Charles McClelland say so. Both officials touted a drop in the murder rate today, saying homicide in the city is lower than it's been in 40 years. HPD says there were 198 murders in 2011 acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Occupy Houston: Unnamed HPD Cops Reprimanded for Blacking Out Their Badge Numbers

    A verbal reprimand​Police officers who intentionally concealed their identity before arresting Occupy the Port protesters Monday hardly got a spanking for deceiving the public, according to their unamused daddy, Chief of Police Charles McClelland. He admitted that several of his officers use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    You Can Now, Somewhat Easily, Find Your Car That Some Bastard Has Towed

    The above is a video showing Houston police chief Charles McClelland explaining the city's new website that helps drivers locate their car if it's been towed and no one's around to tell you where it went. The explanation involves such things as "using technology as a force multiplier, and helping u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    HPD Crows Over Another Crime-Rate Drop

    "Safest big city in America," chief says​The Houston Police Department is once again boasting of a noticeable drop in crimes, as reported to a national database. Comparing the first half of 2011 to the first half of 2010, murder is down 37.1 percent, robberies 20.8 percent and overall violent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Red-Light Camera Fines Start Just After Midnight Sunday

    The fineman cometh.​The red-light cameras have been back on for a while now, but things start to get serious this weekend. Houston police chief Charles McClelland announced today that fines will begin being issued as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning, just in time for your post-Saturday-night bar- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    HPD: Crime Rate Down; Number of Cops Soon Will Be Too

    Goin' down​On a day when KHOU reported as many as 181 cops may be laid off due to budget constraints, HPD announced that crime rates have dropped again in Houston. Total crime in the first quarter of 2011 dropped 14.2 percent from the first quarter of 2010, HPD said. Violent crime is down by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Red Light Camera Fallout: HPD Will Take Cops From Neighborhood Patrol For Traffic Duty

    HPD: Break out the radar guns​It's hardly a shocker, but today HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland said he is saddened that voters struck down the red light camera program earlier this month, and that the decision will strain his budget and possibly put public safety at risk."I guess I can interpret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    HPD Says Crime Is Down, Down, Down In Houston Town

    Crime? What crime?​The Houston Police Department is crowing over what it says is a significant drop in major-crime rates in the city so far this year.We feel safer already.HPD says the first three quarters of 2010 have seen a lot fewer incidents than the same period of 2009: Violent crime is down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    R.I.P., Steven Castro: Remembering Crime Victims At A Special Ceremony

    courtesy of Maria RomoSteven Castro will be remembered Sunday night.​It was a little after 2 a.m. when Steven Castro walked out of an east Houston night club and into the parking lot. Suddenly, a fight broke out. Some of the people involved were armed. And when it was all over, Castro lay dead, mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Demetrie Dixon, Houston Cop, Accused Of Sexual Assault On Duty

    Courtesy of the Houston Police DepartmentHouston police officer Demetrie Dixon has allegedly been up to no good. ​Demetrie Dixon, a Houston police officer since January of last year, was arrested today on allegations of sexually assaulting two women while he was on patrol. Dixon was charged with f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    HPD Beating Video: Just Waiting To Bust Viral On The Net

    The Rodney King video -- about to get a reprise in Houston?​Reports are everywhere about eight Houston police officers allegedly caught on tape beating a suspect. But the worst is no doubt yet to come, when the video eventually gets released.Mayor Annise Parker tried to describe what's seen on the ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    Super Bowl Special

    Houston's game will beckon the big leagues of a profession far older than the NFL