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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 10:28 AM

A fatal Houston drug raid is a familiar story of needless violence, death and destruction

On Jan. 28th, a Houston narcotics team conducted a no-knock raid on the home of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58. The police claimed to have received an anonymous tip that the two were selling drugs. They also claim they sent an informant to the house to attempt a controlled buy, and that informant returned with heroin.

According to the police account, as they broke down the door, a dog charged them, and they shot it. They say Tuttle then charged at them with a handgun, wounding multiple officers. After the police opened fire, he retreated to a backroom. The police say Nicholas then charged a wounded officer and attempted to grab his shotgun. They opened fire again, killing her. They say Tuttle then reemerged, firing his gun, at which point they killed him, too. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo initially claimed the house was “hardened,” or fortified, possibly with surveillance cameras. He also claimed that the police arrived with their sirens and flashers activated, inferring that the couple should have known they were being raided by law enforcement. In the end, the story went, five cops put their lives on the line to get a heroin-dealing couple off the street. (My colleagues here at The Post published an editorial praising Acevedo for using the incident to call for gun-control laws that might keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.)

But since then, the official story has started to unravel. It’s increasingly looking as though something went horribly wrong on Harding Street, and that Tuttle and Nicholas were not hardened drug dealers, but at most recreational drug dealers who were invaded, shot and killed in their own home. Here’s a quick rundown of what we now know:

· The Houston Chronicle reported Friday morning that an Houston Police Department officer has been “relieved of duty” due to “ongoing questions” about his involvement in the raid.

· The police obtained a no-knock warrant. That would seem to contradict Acevedo’s claim that the officers arrived with their sirens and flashers on. The entire purpose of a no-knock raid is to take suspects by surprise. That surprise is spoiled pretty quickly if you provide notice of your arrival.

· Tuttle and Nicholas had lived at the same house in the 7800 block of Harding Street for 20 years. The police apparently didn’t bother to do much investigating, because they didn’t even know the names of either of the home’s occupants when they broke down the door.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/11/fatal-houston-drug-raid-is-familiar-story-needless-violence-death-destruction/

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shanny Feb 2019 #3
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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 10:34 AM

1. nixon't war on drugs is a crime

 

No-knock warrants are unconstitutional.

The 4th Amendment (and several others) mean nothing in America anymore.

Police are unioinized and their behavior standardized to the point where now it would likely take a total restructuring of the entire law enforcement/prison/industrial complex - including DISBANDING THE DEA AND ENDING THE nixon's CRIMINAL WAR ON DRUGS that we've been suffering under for almost fifty years.

You see, when a pubican president signs an executive order, which nixon did to create the DEA and war on drugs out of whole cloth, their EO stands FOREVER.

When a Democratic president attempts to sign an EO he's threatened with impeachment.

This police state needs to be dismantled.

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Response to DirtEdonE (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 11:31 AM

3. this

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 11:24 AM

2. There should be Congessional hearings on law "enforcement" and a revamping of how ...

execute warrants.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 07:38 PM

4. Seems a pretty weak reason to have a no knock raid

Also a good way to get shot.

Heck, it's probably just as (or more) dangerous to do a no-knock raid on someone innocent, as they'd have no reason to believe the police would entering and shoot them. It's not like you can't buy a police uniform off of Amazon.

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