Archive for February, 2011

Citizens oversight without authority is nothing more than observation

Citizens oversight without authority is nothing more than observation

On February 18th, Mayor Annise Parker announced what she called “a sweeping package of new initiatives aimed at restoring public trust in the Houston Police Department.”  Judging from the general reaction, its clear that rather than a shiny package of sweeping new initiatives, the public was expecting a package sweeping changes. The Mayor’s new Independent […]

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Part II: Shielded from Justice: Who Polices the Houston Police?

Part II: Shielded from Justice: Who Polices the Houston Police?

Shortly after Project 143 began this series, the city of Houston experienced first hand the predictable results of a police force unaccountable to the citizens with the public release of the Chad Holly tape.   The bottom line is that the Houston Police Department lacks effective public accountability and transparency (open and public sharing of information […]

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Looking to the camera is not the only way to charge the HPD officers involved in the teenage beating with felonies

Looking to the camera is not the only way to charge the HPD officers involved in the teenage beating with felonies

Topping the local and natioinal news the last couple of days has been the release of a video showing HPD officers beating an unresisting suspect in an incident from last spring.  Chad Holley, a teenager and suspect in a burglery, was chased down and beaten, kicked and punched by Houston police officers during the arrest.  The video shows Holley lying on his […]

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