Harold Hurtt

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    July 14, 2011

    Game On

    With little in the way of penalties, illegal gambling operations flourish in Houston.

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    September 2, 2010

    Houston Still A Taser-Happy Kinda Town

    Houston says go ahead and tase me, bro​The legacy of former Houston Police chief Harold Hurtt lives on -- the city is still spending mad money buying Tasers.City council has approved another $4.5 million for the gadgets, which are supposed to reduce deadly force incidents but also prevent police f ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Harold Hurtt, Former HPD Chief, Has A New Job -- With The Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency

    On the immigration beat​Harold Hurtt, semi-controversial head of the Houston Police Department under Bill White, has landed on his feet -- he's going to hear a liaison office between federal and local officials on immigration enforcement.He'll be director for the Office of State and Local Co ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Houston's Craziest

    In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.

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    December 18, 2009

    The Other Winners And Losers Of The 2009 Election

    ​Every election cycle, there are winners and there are losers. 2009 is no different. Here is a list of winners and losers and brief reason why.WinnersGarnet Coleman -- He was one of the few African-Americans that supported Annise Parker when she began her career. He stuck out his neck once again, ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Parker And Locke Tussle Over Cops And Trust

    Who do you trust on Public Safety?The Annise Parker and Gene Locke campaigns released their initial runoff ads this week. In Parker's "Leader" ad she proudly acknowledges that the Houston Chronicle has endorsed her and decides to concentrate on public safety as the theme for her message.The ad ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Houstonians Finally Get Back To Killing Each Other

    ​Less than a week ago, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt zipped off a news release proudly reporting that for the first time in memory there had been no reported murders in the city for 10 straight days."HPD's veteran Homicide investigators cannot recall a single week in the past decade without a ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Spy Story

    Con man or super spook — either way, Roland Carnaby wasn't supposed to meet his death on a Houston highway in a high-speed chase with the cops.

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    September 10, 2009

    Judge Says No To Beards In The HPD

    ​The effort by some Houston police officers to wear beards on the job (and off the job, too, we guess) was dealt a setback when a federal judge threw their lawsuit out of court.HPD brass trumpeted the decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal in a press release in which chief Harold Hurtt said ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Annise Parker Says She'll Get Rid Of HPD Chief Hurtt

    Photo courtesy Annise Parker campaignMayoral candidate Annise Parker has plans get rid of Police Chief Harold Hurtt if she's elected. "I will replace the police chief. I think he's ineffective," Parker told the Houston Property Rights Association at a luncheon on Friday. "He doesn't..." Parker was i ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    39 Innocent People, 500 Years In Jail: Texas Justice

    Wrap your head around this one: "Since 1994, Texas has exonerated 39 innocent people who served over 500 years in prison for crimes they did not commit."That's the first sentence of The Justice Project's new report, "Convicting the Innocent: Texas Justice Derailed." And after skimming through this t ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    DA's New DNA Policy Still Might Not Find Past Mistakes

    Photo courtesy patlykos.comA non-working DNA lab and lack of proper policies were among the biggest contributors to the wrongful incarceration of Ricardo Rachell, District Attorney Pat Lykos said today at a press conference in the Criminal Justice Center.Lykos and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt a ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Quanell Critics, Harvard Law and Extreme Recycling

    Highlights From The Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    March 11, 2009

    Spin Alert: DA and Police Chief To Praise Themselves Tomorrow

    DA Patricia Lykos and HOD chief Harold Hurtt have announced a joint press conference tomorrow, dealing with the fallout of the false conviction of Ricardo Rachell, the disfigured guy accused of being a child predator.DNA evidence exonerated him...after he'd served five years in prison.The press-conf ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Cops Taking On Quannel X? No Uniforms Allowed

    Some working stiffs would love to hear their boss tell them, "Hey, don't worry about those stuffy work clothes." But when that boss is HPD Chief Harold Hurtt, and those stiffs are three officers announcing a lawsuit against two men who publicly accused them of brutality, it smacks of top brass refus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Hispanics Are Almost Never Arrested For Drugs, HPD Somehow Says

    At a drug policy summit last week at the Baker Institute, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt unveiled some arrests stats that have us here at Hair Balls scratching our heads a bit. The figures had to do with the ethnic and racial breakdown of those arrested for narcotics violations in 2007 as compar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Holding Small Amounts Of Pot Will Still Get You Jail Time In Houston

    To Houstonians holding their breath that the cops here might follow the lead of other Texas cities and allow officers to just issue a ticket to the fine folk caught holding a small bit of marijuana, you may as well exhale. It ain't going to happen. Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt said as much W ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    Slain HPD Officer's Wife Sues Over One-Cop-Per-Car Policy

    A Houston Police Department sergeant -- the wife of an officer who was murdered in the line of duty -- is suing the City of Houston in hopes of changing the practice of only allowing one cop per police car while on patrol. Two years ago, it made national headlines when illegal immigrant Juan Quint ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    Shoot-Out At The Crime-Stats Corral

    Houstonians, rejoice: We just may have a new item to add to the list of things we don’t do as well as other major cities! Jay Wall, a local real estate broker, and Alan Helfman, VP of Helfman Car Dealerships, took HPD to task today at a special Rotary Club of Houston panel, saying the departmen ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008

    The Mayor's right -- Houston Is Never, Never Trendy

    Mayor Bill White got some publicity recently when he told The New York Times the reason Houston really, really sucks at recycling is because "Houstonians are skeptical of anything that appears to be oversold or exaggerated." Or things that are "trendy or hyped-up." Some Houstonians, it turns out, a ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2008

    Hippie Cops and Loan Sharks

    No beards allowed at HPD

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    March 20, 2008
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    January 18, 2007

    Sunny Side Up

    An egg-seller's defense gets strange

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    January 10, 2007

    I'm Shocked, Shocked To Be On CNN

    The juice, sans white Bronco. CNN entered the Houston Taser debate yesterday, with the opening segment of the Paula Zahn Now show devoted to interviews with HPD Chief Harold Hurtt, councilwoman Ada Edwards, and an eclectic group of commentators. The report centered on the November Tasering of Ho ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006

    $50K Between Friends

    A donation stirs things up at LULAC

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    August 3, 2006

    Beer and Porn

    Once again, the TABC tries to ruin bachelor life

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    September 15, 2005

    Battle Scars

    Big John hustles on the streets of Montrose. He's been there since he was 13. For now, there's no plan B.

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    August 25, 2005

    Close to the Vest

    Some HPD officers aren't so hot about safety

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    October 28, 2004

    The Shocking Truth

    Houston police are looking to Tasers as a panacea. But nothing's perfect.

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    September 16, 2004
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    August 19, 2004

    Undercover Cop

    New HPD Chief Hurtt is still plainclothes

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    June 10, 2004

    No PAL of Mine

    The doors indeed will close on a respected program

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    May 27, 2004

    Flowers of Evil

    Porn 'n' roses for Kemah's mayor

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    May 20, 2004

    Hey, PAL: Get Lost

    Budget cutbacks threaten one city program that works

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    May 6, 2004

    Hurtt So Good

    A real shake-up at HPD? We thought that was impossible

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    April 29, 2004

    Perfect Fit

    Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude

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    March 11, 2004

    What He Said

    Houston's new top cop may bring his own language barrier