12 Houston police officers have been charged in connection with a 2019 raid

Six officers were indicted last year, including Gerald Goines, who is accused of lying to obtain a warrant, and Steven Bryant, who is accused of tampering with government records.

Six other officers were charged Monday, according to a statement by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. The officers face various charges including murder, tampering with government records and engaging in organized criminal activity.

The raid took place on January 28, 2019, when a tactical team raided the house of Rogena Nichols and Dennis Tuttle, who were both killed along with their dogs. Several Houston officers on the team were injured in the raid, including Goin.

Og’s statement read, “The consequences of corruption were two innocent people and their dog shot and killed in their home. Four officers were shot, one was paralyzed and now all of them have to face the gamblers Those who will determine their fate. “

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office of Civil Rights Division investigated the raid and determined that Goins had lied to a municipal judge to obtain a warrant for a “no-knock” raid, and the victims’ drug activity, threat levels, and others Factors misrepresented. He claimed that a criminal informer had bought heroin from a person at the address a day earlier and that the person selling drugs had a gun.

Last year, prosecutors said Bryant misrepresented the facts surrounding the scene and the purchase of the drugs. The prosecutor said that Bryant gave a supplement to the original report, which included lies.

Ogg’s statement reads that the investigation also found that officers were “involved in a long-term plan to steal overtime from the city.”

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Former Houston police officer Felipe Galigos was convicted of Tuttle’s death, according to court documents. His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Tuesday’s Galigos did not begin shooting during the raid until two other officers were already shot.

“A Harris County grand jury, at the request of the District Attorney’s Office, inspired a hero,” Hardin said. “It appears that they (Tuttle and Nicholas) were allegedly innocent of drug activity at that scene. But once they started shooting, or once Mr. Tuttle started shooting, he was not innocent. Were. And there is no question, and no one will contradict. Mr. Tuttle started firing at officers. “

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Tweeted a statement On Monday, he said that he had taken such a long time in the process of convicting these officers. An officer who was ready to testify was not given a chance, Acevedo said.

“I have stated many times that other officers involved in the incident, including the officers today, had no involvement in obtaining a warrant and responded appropriately to the deadly threat imposed on them during their service,” Acevedo said All presently active officers who were relieved of duty.

Constantin Torropin of CNN contributed to this report.


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