"...In early January, police reportedly received a call complaining of drug activity inside the home. Using that tip, narcotics officers decided to set up an undercover buy, allegedly sending a confidential informant into the house to buy heroin.
"Officer Gerald Goines — who has since retired under investigation — used that supposed drug deal to justify a raid on the home. When undercover narcotics officers burst in the front door on Jan. 28, they shot dead a pit bull that lunged at them, setting off an exchange of gunfire. Tuttle and Nicholas were killed.
"In the days that followed, though, investigators realized they couldn’t find the informant behind the alleged buy and began to suspect Goines may have lied about it all. The 34-year veteran officer and fellow narcotics Officer Steven Bryant were both relieved of duty and later retired under investigation. They could face criminal charges in connection with the failed raid, according to Chief Art Acevedo.
"The FBI launched a civil rights investigation. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced its own probe into the shooting and is reviewing of more than 2,200 cases handled by Goines and Bryant...."
This is 7815 Harding Street, three months later. “We just need some answers,” said Cliff Tuttle, whose nephew died here on Jan. 28 in a botched drug raid. “You can’t grieve if you don’t know what happened.”
I can't think of one person in the current administration that has any ethics....I hope there's something decent left of this country once all those assholes are gone (2020)
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