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12 Houston police officers charged in connection to a botched raid

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12 Houston police officers charged in connection to a botched raid

2021-01-27 06:38:46

By Dwaipayan

A total of 12 officers have now been indicted in connection with a 2019 botched raid that left two people dead in Houston.

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 indicted Monday, according to a statement from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. Those officers face a variety of charges including murder, tampering with government records and engaging in organized criminal activity.

The raid took place January 28, 2019, when a tactical team raided the home of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle, who were both killed along with their dog. Several Houston officers on the team were injured in the raid, including Goines.

"The consequences of corruption are that two innocent people and their dog were shot to death in their home by police; four officers were shot, one paralyzed, and now all of them will face jurors who will determine their fate," Ogg's statement read.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office Civil Rights Division investigated the raid and determined that Goines lied to obtain a warrant for a "no-knock" raid from a municipal judge, and misrepresented the victims' drug activity, threat level and other factors. He claimed a criminal informant bought heroin from a man at the address the day before and that the man selling drugs was known to have a gun.

The investigation also found that officers were "involved in a long-term scheme to steal overtime from the city," Ogg's statement read.

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