And another lying cop, who has more than 1000 cases being reviewed, is behind the mess. ‘No One Will Hurt You,’ a SWAT Officer Promised an Hour After Houston Cops Killed a Couple Falsely Accused of Selling Heroin.
Oh, and the whole SWAT team seemed to have realized it was a “mistake” because they seem to have gone to tremendous lengths to spin things.
The 2 “suspects” (innocent people who were killed in their own home doing nothing) were reported “down, at about 5PM. They were declared dead at 5:15. At 6:09, some cop starts a “negotiation” over a bullhorn, because that would be good theater. Too bad everyone who isn’t a cop (and their dog) were dead by then.
The lie that lead to the death of 2 people…
Among other things, Doyle wants to ask Follis and Todd about the “supervision and monitoring” of warrant applications and the use of confidential informants. Those are crucial issues in this case, since the raid that killed Tuttle and Nicholas seems to have been based on a “controlled buy” of “black-tar heroin” that never happened, carried out by a C.I. who does not exist.
And the lying liar who put the whole thing in motion?
Goines had a history of questionable testimony and affidavits. In February, KHOU, the CBS station in Houston, looked at 109 cases in which he was involved. “In every one of those cases in which he claimed confidential informants observed guns inside,” it reported, “no weapons were ever recovered, according to evidence logs Goines filed with the court.” In the Harding Street case, Goines likewise said his C.I. had seen a gun, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, that was never found. The district attorney’s office has dismissed a bunch of pending cases that Goines handled and is reviewing 1,400 more, along with 800 cases involving Officer Steven Bryant, whom Goines cited in his affidavit as verifying that the “brown powder substance” supposedly purchased from Tuttle was black-tar heroin.
So his lie, set a SWAT team in motion that resulted in the death of 2 innocent people. How is this different (aside from him being a cop) to the SWATting case that was in the news awhile back that was a disagreement between 2 gamers? I don’t expect this guy to be charged with murder, or manslaughter, or conspiracy or even jaywalking, because he is a cop. I’m not sure they will fire him. (If the do, the union will appeal.) Because nothing is more important the The War on (Some) Drugs™ and getting enough arrests.