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    September 8, 2014

    The Police Department Race Gap in Houston's Suburbs

    In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, growing scrutiny has been placed on police departments across the country with a particular focus on department demographics. Given the fact that Ferguson's citizenry is predominantly black, but minorities representing only a small per ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Hands-On Experience

    Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.

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    February 9, 2011

    Chad Holley's Police Beating Is Subject of an Angry NAACP Town Hall Meeting

    Mandy OaklanderAnnise Parker spoke at an NAACP town hall meeting last night.​Last night around 7 p.m., the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church was packed tighter than a month's worth of Sunday mornings. Hundreds swarmed to attend the standing-room-only NAACP town hall meeting about the recent ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    DWI Crackdown Begins -- With Arrests Of Two Galveston County Law-Enforcement Officers

    Prosecutor and sheriff's deputy arrested​Police departments, sheriff's offices and district attorneys have been loudly getting the word out about DWI crackdowns at the end of the year. Maybe some of their employees should have paid attention. Fox 26 reports that two law-enforcement officials ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    No Changes Needed At Houston's Messed-Up Fingerprint Lab, City Council Decides

    Photo by umboodySome council members think money won't make the problems at HPD's fingerprint lab go away. ​The Houston City Council approved today -- despite concerns from several council members -- a contract to keep paying a consulting firm to basically run the police department's fingerprint l ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Under Fire

    Present and former officers accuse HCC's police chief of not treating his employees fairly.

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    March 25, 2010

    Houston To Be Transformed Into District 9, Entirely Plausible Radio Host Says

    ​Alex Jones, the sometimes-entertaining nationwide radio host based out of Austin, has seldom met a conspiracy theory he didn't embrace whole-heartedly. He's the author of 9/11:Descent Into Tyranny which, as you might guess, outlines the New World Order's plans to enslave us all.His latest call to ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Animal House at HHS and is HPD Guilty of Elder Abuse?

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    December 23, 2009

    79-Year-Old Woman Says HPD Gave Her A Beating

    ​It was a steamy hot day in mid-August when 79-year-old Tillion Thomas was driving home after a church function. Suddenly, she saw police lights in her mirror. A cop was pulling her over for allegedly speeding.It was, however, anything but a routine traffic stop, claims Thomas. The retired school ... 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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    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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    August 3, 2009

    Metro Also Getting Some Of That Stimulus Funding That HPD Missed

    Courtesy Cushing Memorial Library & Archives​Last week we told you how the police force of Milo, Maine (Motto: "Such As It Is") was receiving more stimulus funds than HPD. Admittedly easy to do, since HPD was getting zero stimulus funds.Now the snub gets worse: Metro will be feeding at the tro ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Houston 101: An Earlier Time When Shots Rang Out At TSU

     On May 17, 1967 racial tension and misinformation led to a riot on the Texas Southern University campus.At the time, Houston, like the rest of the country, was struggling with race relations. Herman Short was chief of police under Mayor Louie Welch; Short was especially disliked by Houston's b ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Kemah Says It's Firing Cops Due To Ike; Cops Think Otherwise

    Photo by Daniel KramerMaybe you heard, but Hurricane Ike smashed up Kemah pretty badly, and things aren't looking too good for the city these days.Sure, the vaunted boardwalk is coming back, and the local Wal-Mart is scheduled to reopen today, but the city has reported about a $400,000 loss in ... 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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    May 6, 2009

    Bystander Hit During A Police Shooting: Pretty Rare, Expert Says

    Tuesday's Metro Police shooting was not just unusual in that it was the first fatal shooting in the agency's history, but in that a bystander was injured as well. While we wait for more details to emerge from HPD, which is leading the investigation, Hair Balls checked in with a criminology expert ab ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    A Second Mistrial For Dymond Milburn, The 12-year-Old "Hooker" Arrested By Galveston Cops

    A deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial for Dymond Milburn, the black girl who -- when she was 12 years old -- was charged with assaulting police officers who tried to arrest her in her front yard.The cops had been looking for three white hookers. Milburn was hospitalized and later arrested at her ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    December 11, 2008

    Is Harris County Jail the Place for A Mentally Troubled Teen?

    Laura Howard got tossed into a jail treatment program, but it was the wrong one for someone whose mental health was in tatters

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    September 9, 2008

    Sheriffs Department Seeking Air Power

    The Harris County Sheriff's Department – largest sheriff's department in the state and third largest in the nation – wants to get caught up with its peers and have some aerial support. The department doesn't have any helicopters or planes, so Eyes on the Border, a border watch group, was going ... More >>

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    April 29, 2004

    Collision Course

    A lawsuit challenges deputies who shoot fleeing drivers

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    February 19, 2004

    The Freedom Fighter?

    James "Smokie" Phillips is running for constable -- and running from his past

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    January 8, 2004

    Hard Sale

    A flood of lawsuits has turned Dillard's into a master of defense

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    January 8, 2004
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    June 27, 2002

    The War Within

    Mark Aguirre is an aggressive Houston cop who won civilian support by fighting crime. But the abrasive captain could lose his biggest battle: the one raging over him in HPD itself.

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    January 27, 2000

    Policing the Police

    Does the Citizen Review Committee do the job?

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    January 20, 2000

    The Insider

    Report No Evil! UH threatens its top cop for reporting a star athlete's misdeeds

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    May 27, 1999

    Get the Picture!

    Who approved $8,000 in tax funds for a mayoral portrait that nobody wants?

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    May 6, 1999

    Dead, Dead, Dead

    The police killings of Pedro Oregon, Ida Lee Delaney and Byron Gillum

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    December 10, 1998

    The Truth is Out There

    Pharmacist Garland Gross says Deer Park police have abused him for ten years. Police say Gross is a jerk who harasses them.

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    October 8, 1998

    Breaking the Blue Code of Silence

    Cops keep secrets. HPD Chief Clarence Bradford wants to reveal them.

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    July 9, 1998

    Reefer Madness

    Does Houston's biggest drug-prevention program keep kids clean or just make cops feel good?

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    October 9, 1997
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    July 17, 1997
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    January 2, 1997

    Bad Boy In Blue

    Union head Hans Marticiuc (rhymes with wreck) takes aim at the police chief, the mayor, other labor leaders and anyone else who gets in his way

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    October 3, 1996

    Price of Justice

    A jury tags Harris County for hiring the killer behind the badge

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    August 29, 1996

    No Time for Sergeants

    The Houston Police Department puts high-ranking cops out on the street

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    May 2, 1996

    Tales From the Brookside

    From the outside, Brookside Village looks small-town calm. But those on the inside insist that something, somehow, is afoot.

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    March 7, 1996

    Security Risk

    Was there something else behind the sheriff's forbidding off-duty work at abortion clinics?

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    June 15, 1995

    Mad Dog's Demise

    Alan Mabry was a man on a mission. His death last month left friends, colleagues and authorities baffled -- as did his obsessive life.

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    May 4, 1995

    The Law East of Downtown

    With his army of volunteer deputies, Victor Trevino is Harris County's most innovative and open lawman. But his sharp tongue hasn't endeared him to other politicians. And some wonder if all his power has gone to his head.

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    May 4, 1995

    A Whiter Shade of Blue

    The White Officers Association is making waves in HPD

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    March 30, 1995

    All the Law Enforcement You Can Afford

    Harris County has abdicated a basic responsibility of government: to provide for the public safety of all. Instead, those who have get and those who don't get the leftovers.

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    February 23, 1995
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    January 12, 1995

    Killer Behind the Badge

    Susan White complained to friends and authorities about Deputy Joseph Kent McGowen, but nobody listened. Then he killed her.

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    August 18, 1994

    Sam Nuchia in Black and White

    Houston's top cop has been a pleasant surprise to the city's black community. But in his own department, it's a different story.

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    August 4, 1994
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    March 3, 1994

    Giving the Big No to Nuchia

    HPD rank-and-file reject the chief's promotions policy -- and the chief himself

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    January 27, 1994

    HPD Blues

    Mixed reviews for Chief Nuchia's promotions plan

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    January 20, 1994

    Play It Again, Sam!

    Police try another less-than-zero-tolerance plan

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