Oh the Irony! Houston Police Union Prez Puts "Dirt Bags" on Notice While Crooked Killer Cop Heals in Hospital

On January 28, 2019, a no-knock warrant was issued by a Houston judge, based on information provided him in a sworn affidavit by a cop with decades long "service". The affidavit stated that a paid informant had purchased heroin from a home in Houston, Tx. It was likely Same Shit Different Day for both the cop who claimed he'd received the heroin, and the judge issuing the warrant. But it turned out to be all but your typical SSDD!

According to chron.com:

Initially, officials said the purchase netted black tar heroin, though records later showed that it was brown powder form of the illegal narcotic.

The informant also warned police of a "large quantity" of drugs inside, packaged in plastic baggies, and a 9mm handgun, according to a court filing. The following day, on Jan. 28, a municipal court judge signed off on a warrant authorizing the no-knock raid.

Hours later, police broke down the door and shot the couple's pit bull after the animal lunged at them. Tuttle came out from around the back of the house, police said, and started shooting. Inside the home, a wounded officer fell down on the sofa, and Nicholas allegedly tried grabbing his weapon, police said.

Authorities have not yet clarified who fired which of the shots.

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Five cops were injured -- four with gunshots -- and the couple of 20 years (Tuttle & Nicholas) were dead, along with their dog. One of the injured cops, still hospitalized today, was the one who swore in the affidavit that heroin had been bought at the house. His name is Gerald Goines. He has supposedly been on the force for over 30 years, and also seems to have a history of being in shootouts and being shot. Once was supposedly during a road rage incident, where the other driver died. Once while peeing in public after an undercover drug buy. A disgusted tenant of the property where the upstanding officer was peeing, shot him in the neck, but was not charged with a crime. For some reason, these are not listed in his personnel file. (https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hous...)

When I saw the shit show on the teevee, I knew something wasn't right. It was too weird.

During that hours long shit show, the little wormy guy said blah, blah, blah, thoughts and prayers or some such, then quickly turned his little speech into a threat. (video embeded below)

He said he wanted to speak on behalf of all the cops,

"We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of having dirt bags trying to take our lives when all we're trying to do is protect this community and protect our families. Enough is enough! And if you're the ones out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we've all got your number now. We're gonna be keeping track of all of y'all and we're gonna make sure that we hold YOU accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We've had enough, folks. We're out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families. Enough is enough!"

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I guess since some cops were injured, the rest of the cops had to investigate. That's when an even bigger shit show began.

From abc13.com:

But on Friday, in the warrants executed by officers investigating the botched raid, it is clear that no confidential informant ever went to the house on 7815 Harding. In fact, all informants who worked with Goines told investigators they did not go in that home.
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Investigators returned to Goines for the names of more informants, who had all worked for Goines in the past. They all denied making a buy for Goines at the home. They also denied ever buying drugs from Nicholas or Tuttle.

The warrant shows that two bags of heroin were found in Goines' city vehicle.

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There were guns and some weed and some coke found in the home; however, there was NO heroin, and that's what the warrant was for.

According to a search warrant return obtained first by ABC13 on Feb. 8, police recovered four guns, about 18 grams of marijuana and about 1.5 grams of cocaine after the raid.

The weapons they recovered included a Beretta shotgun, a Winchester rifle and a Remington shotgun and rifle, according to the report.

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Could it be that the man "serving" the Houston community for over 30 years got shot before he could plant those two bags of heroin in the house?

This puts into question every single "investigation" (cough, cough) this "dirt bag" has ever been involved in. I know very little will happen to him, but the death penalty would easily have been given to a person (especially one of color) who barged into a person's home, unannounced, guns blazing, and murdered two people, drugs or none. Since he's a cop, IF he gets any jail time at all, he'll get special treatment to keep him away from all the other people he might have helped to put away. Not sure why those people would want any harm to come to him, especially if they were actually innocent. /s

The irony of the little weasel guy putting "dirt bags" on notice when he was defending a great big one with a 30 year history of getting paid to be one, was not lost on me.

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snoopydawg's picture

I see no reason why cops can't arrest people in a more peaceful way. The bill of rights gives us the right to protect our homes and when cops barge into people's homes people react defensive. Too many times the f'cking cops go to the wrong house and end up murdering innocent people and their pets. This bullshit came about because of Nixons phony drug war. He needed a platform to run on and he came up with this. Then Biden's owners kept wanting more restrictions on drugs and here we are. Might be hard to believe, but Biden has done more damage to the country than the Clintons did.

How to legalize marijuana

At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

I must have looked shocked. Ehrlichman just shrugged. Then he looked at his watch, handed me a signed copy of his steamy spy novel, The Company, and led me to the door.

Nixon’s invention of the war on drugs as a political tool was cynical, but every president since — Democrat and Republican alike — has found it equally useful for one reason or another. Meanwhile, the growing cost of the drug war is now impossible to ignore: billions of dollars wasted, bloodshed in Latin America and on the streets of our own cities, and millions of lives destroyed by draconian punishment that doesn’t end at the prison gate; one of every eight black men has been disenfranchised because of a felony conviction.

As long ago as 1949, H. L. Mencken identified in Americans “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy,” an astute articulation of our weirdly Puritan need to criminalize people’s inclination to adjust how they feel. The desire for altered states of consciousness creates a market, and in suppressing that market we have created a class of genuine bad guys — pushers, gangbangers, smugglers, killers. Addiction is a hideous condition, but it’s rare. Most of what we hate and fear about drugs — the violence, the overdoses, the criminality — derives from prohibition, not drugs. And there will be no victory in this war either; even the Drug Enforcement Administration concedes that the drugs it fights are becoming cheaper and more easily available.

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@snoopydawg
Like your excerpt, it's a freaking sham! These non heroin dealers were white, 50s, and the man was a disabled veteran.

In one of the stories I read through about the fraudulent raid, I found out possibly why the house was targeted. Supposedly, an anonymous caller stated her daughter was doing drugs at the house. None of the neighbors noticed anything that would make them think the residents were dealing drugs.

The police chief is pissed off and swears transparency. We'll see.

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@Deja

then there has to be substantial evidence of wrongdoing. Not just a unnamed source who says that he saw something. Cops should have to stake the place out and see for themselves that something is going on.

This happened here a few years ago. Cops got a no knock for someone who might have marijuana and they busted in his house in the middle of the night and the guy killed one of them. Why couldn't they have waited for him to exit his house and arrest him then? The cop got a hero funeral. A fire truck drove his body all over the city for two hours and then took it to the cemetery. Was his death worth not waiting?

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@snoopydawg
That's when the liar lied to the judge. Sorry, should have said that initially.

You know, this shit could happen to literally any one of us! Wrong address is one way, but some freak who followed you home because you accidentally pissed them off, a pissed off neighbor, anything. I actually had cps called on me by a shitty neighbor because I wouldn't lie to SNAP people about who lived in her house. She could have lied to the cops instead, and got my kids or me killed.

I'm wondering wtf these people did to piss off this killer cop. Why were they in his sights, literally?

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@Deja @Deja no police misconduct, all actions justified.

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@Snode
The fact that this got investigated to the point that the lies were actually uncovered, and then made public, is truly shocking to me.

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used was to surprise some dumb ass so they wouldn't have time to flush the drugs down the commode. Or eat it. That strongly suggests small amounts.
It was never needed for large quantities of drugs, paraphernalia, weapons, or stolen goods.
I deal with the police all the time. With few exceptions, they go on patrol with the attitude of kill or be killed, that the goal each day is to return home to their families.
With the proliferation of guns everywhere, they are correct to assume anyone they pull over on a routine traffic stop is armed, that there are guns in damn near every home.
On the other hand, they could surprise a drug dealer who walks outside to get the mail out of the mail box.
Even drug dealers shop for groceries.

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@on the cusp

n the other hand, they could surprise a drug dealer who walks outside to get the mail out of the mail box.
Even drug dealers shop for groceries.

Have you heard about Ray Balko's book the rise of the warrior cop? Excellent book describing how the war on drugs got its start and how the cops got to be so powerful.

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@on the cusp
I want the same thing when I leave for work. Just make it back home to my inner sanctum.

This dirt bag caused three of his fellow officers (no word on how many, if any, were aware of what the shit bag did to obtain the warrant yet) to get shot, and another to blow out his/her knee.

Fwiw, I've always been empathetic about them walking up to vehicles they've stopped, and just pulling up to domestic violence calls. Both, potentially deadly situations.

This appears to be total fabrication, and people died, others injured -- his others. He should spend the rest of his life in prison, imo, but he won't. I wouldn't want to be left in the same room with any of the injured cops' family members, if I were him.

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@Deja a divorce.
And she was married to the dude who was Houston/Harris County's top undercover cop.
He was later put in charge and headed up the undercover ops, celebrated with honors by the mayor.
And then he got busted for dealing.
While out on bond, he came to my office to sign the agreed divorce decree.
I knew him from when he was a deputy in my county.
We talked about the lure of the money, the idea that if he could bust a dealer, he could avoid being busted as a dealer.
He and I had good relations when he was local. I do not remember a single problem.
It was the money. The lure of money. The security cameras he thought were not there were, in fact, there.
He had accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars.
He got enough to buy prison soap, his estranged wife got some mobile home.

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@on the cusp
He was smart enough to never tell me about the money, but was dumb enough to tell me something else. I guess he thought, since I'm white, that I was cool with not only the n word, but also with laughing about hearing how he beat the shit out of a handcuffed black man on his way into the booking area, inside the Harris County Jail building.

Said he laughed and bragged about it to a coworker, who cautioned that the Sheriff's Office had installed cameras in that little area he'd broken the law, and violated someone's civil rights in.

So, he claimed he went to whatever 'young, dumb, bitch' in whatever department, and "convinced" her to give him the tape or erase it, something. He got away with it. He bragged about doing it, and even bragged about it, years later, to me.

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@Deja The cop sitting on my office couch, signing the agreed divorce decree that assured he had soap and shampoo in prison, just seemed stunned that he got prosecuted, not caught.
Think about that.
He drew a 2 year sentence when a black guy would have done 20.

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ticket or citation is perjury - a crime. "When every cop is a criminal ..." isn't just a lyric, it's the baseline assumption. Especially if you include petty shit like false time reports, but even if you only include the hardcore stuff, I'd say that the presumption is "more likely than not dirty".

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@enhydra lutris
I whole heartedly agree; and that's sad.

And if one has the balls to report the dirt, they get Serpicoed or worse. Was it Chicago where they shut down a whole neighborhood "looking" for a suspect who killed the detective who was set to testify the next day? His regular partner wasn't with him that day. Baltimore? I can't remember.

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@enhydra lutris

I've seen many reports of that happening, but do they ever get punished for doing it? Not to my knowledge. Cop makes up some story about why he had to kill someone and when the truth finally comes out nothing happens to the cops that went along with the false report.

So now there are two people dead and some cops injured after the botched raid and it looks like one of the cops was going to plant heroin in the house just in case he didn't find any.

Investigators returned to Goines for the names of more informants, who had all worked for Goines in the past. They all denied making a buy for Goines at the home. They also denied ever buying drugs from Nicholas or Tuttle.

The warrant shows that two bags of heroin were found in Goines' city vehicle.

Will Goines be punished for making a false statement to a judge to get the warrant? I doubt it. We've watched as cops have gotten away with murdering unarmed civilians for way too many years. I read that cops murder over 1,000 people a year and still nothing is done about it.

I watched a video of more than two cops playing with a man before they killed him. Made him lay down in a hallway, stretch his arms and legs out and then do other things for 20 minutes and finally have him crawl to them. While crawling his pants started falling off and when he reached to pull them up they shot him. At any time one of them could have put him in handcuffs with the other one keeping his gun trained on him. The cop that was doing all the talking and then shot him was charged. He was found not guilty. How people could have watched the video and then decide that he did nothing wrong is just mind boggling. Oh wait it gets worse. The guy who was murdered wasn't even the one that the cops were called on in the first place. That guy got away while they were "playing with their food.'

Cops want to go home at night, but people should have the same rights.

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We have become enemy combatants in our own country

To quote a2night: f'ck the police!

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