Officer Charged With Felony Murder Now Facing Seven More Charges Over Deadly No-Knock Raid

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The botched drug raid in Houston that left two homeowners dead and one cop paralyzed from the waist down has resulted in additional criminal charges… against the cops.

Officer Gerald Goines — already facing felony murder charges for the raid that left Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle dead — claimed an informant purchased heroin from Tuttle and saw guns in the house. One no-knock raid later, Nicholas and Tuttle were dead, killed by cops whose actions were set in motion by a warrant affidavit full of lies.

The heroin supposedly sold to Goines’ informant? Pulled from the console of Goines’ cruiser. The controlled buy didn’t happen either. No one has been able to locate the informant Goines claimed saw heroin and guns in the Tuttle residence. As a result, more than 1,400 cases Goines had a hand in have been placed under review. Two dozen have already been dismissed. The DA’s office and the FBI have also opened their own investigations.

The raid produced nothing the cops were looking for. There was no heroin. There were a couple of guns, but the gun Tuttle supposedly used to shoot at officers wasn’t in the search inventory. All the officers found was personal use amounts of cocaine and marijuana. An independent forensic examination of the scene came to the conclusion that either the state’s forensic unit sucks at what it does or that it was attempting to make the evidence fit the false narrative crafted by the officers who participated in the raid.

Charges are being added to existing charges Officer Goines faces as the fallout from the raid continues, the Houston Chronicle reports.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday charged two former Houston police officers at the center of a failed January drug raid with civil rights violations, falsifying records and lying about use of confidential informants, marking the latest turn in one of the worst HPD scandals in decades.

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Authorities allege [Gerald Goines] fabricated an informant and lied on a search warrant affidavit, an offense report and the tactical plan made in preparation for the bust that turned into a gun battle that ended with the deaths of Nicholas and Tuttle and with five HPD officers injured.

And it wasn’t just Officer Goines lying. The investigation of the Tuttle residence began with a 911 call — supposedly from Rhogena Nicholas’ mother — saying the couple were doing drugs and had guns in the house.

But it wasn’t someone’s overly-concerned mother. It was actually a neighbor. This neighbor is now facing charges for her part in the tragedy.

Federal investigators said they believe they have the 911 caller who made false accusations that led to the botched raid of a Harding Street home, leaving two dead and two former officers looking at prison time.

Patricia Garcia, a 53-year-old woman, was picked up Wednesday morning from the house directly across the street from the scene of the deadly Jan. 8 raid. Garcia is alleged to have falsely stated her daughter was at the home located at 7815 Harding St. and that she believed there were guns and drugs inside of the residence.

This isn’t the end of this debacle, but every new development says nothing good about the Houston PD’s narcotics unit or the department’s leadership. Chief Art Acovedo spoke out against these officers, but only after the original narrative — the one Goines is charged with creating — became impossible to defend.

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Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

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"The story seems one step shy from swatting someone."

That’s only because the narco’s wanted the bust and didn’t call the swat team. Besides, more witnesses to the drugs you want to plant isn’t something even a corrupt narco officer would contemplate. That is, if his comprehension went that far. It didn’t, in other ways.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

I don’t think he was worried about witnesses. For him to even contemplate pulling this shit, he had to be fairly confident nobody would speak up against it. Pretty indicative that these type of actions were at least tolerated to some degree by his fellow officers.

He just took it to such a degree that two people are dead, another paralyzed and even the police union bailed on his ass.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

A complete review of entire police policy which puts demands on officers to make drug arrests, possibly rewarding those with high arrests and penalizing lower performance or missed quotas is absolutely essential. The system from the ground floor up needs to be straightened out.

Wyrm (profile) says:

Re: Re:

The story seems one step shy from swatting someone.

In this story, we’re now several steps after literally swatting someone.

From one of the earlier articles on this story:

Operating on a tip that from someone claiming to have purchased heroin from the home of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, the Houston PD SWAT team secured a no-knock warrant and kicked in the door roughly five hours later.

Anonymous Coward says:

Was it actually proven there was a "gun battle" in the end?

Not just cops at the front of the house shooing towards the back and not paying attention what they where shooting at and! Cops at the back of the house shooting towards the front and also not paying attention to targets.

I don’t believe there was any proof that Tuttle actually shot other then the gun found hours later and no holes matched that gun.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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Not just cops at the front of the house shooing towards the back and not paying attention what they where shooting at and! Cops at the back of the house shooting towards the front and also not paying attention to targets.

That is what happens with a lack of intense training, as people become fixated on the targets and do not see anything behind them, or hear what other people are shouting. Special forces spent huge amounts of time in tactical training to avoid that problem, and keep their snap shooting accuracy where it needs to be.

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That One Guy (profile) says:

Re: One vs the entire department

Nah, as noted in the final sentence the chief actually backed the killer before the pressure mounted enough for them to switch, rather it’s because it went public and to such an extent that they couldn’t just brush it under the rug and basically had to let the issue go to court if they didn’t want the entire department dragged down with the killer.

Personanongrata says:

Business as Usual

Officer Charged With Felony Murder Now Facing Seven More Charges Over Deadly No-Knock Raid

This is not a one-off anomaly.

This is the system at work – codified by the courts/politicias/police under the most specious of claims.

These types of no-knock police raids in search of evidence of a crime occur over 20,000 times per year in the US. That amounts to 55 no-knock raids per day or more than 2 every hour.

https://www.vox.com/2014/10/29/7083371/swat-no-knock-raids-police-killed-civilians-dangerous-work-drugs

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R/O/G/S says:

re: Israelification/ADLification of police

These two officers, both black/ other, are more than anything, victims of how we/you/they still dont discuss how policing is itself the core problem.

In Goines and his co-defendants case, like so many other black men, he is the product of compromised/racialized policing practices that give the shit work to Stepinfetchit.

Without irony, police union spokes-douche, the Italian derived Joe Gamaldi went on record threatening journalists, critics, and naysayers with targeting aka, "police gang stalking”for criticizing HPDs latest homicidal actions.

Its time to talk about the ADLification of police, but also, how the rats-and-snitches, personal vendettas, and Stasi community policing policies of modern policing are a race/class based institutional failure.

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R/O/G/S says:

Re: Re: Re: exactly

Exactly. Race matters.

With the emergence of the new Kommunity Kulture Klubs and Kovens (K4)gangs in politics and policing, the next paradigm shift is accountability across the board.

As we saw with Asian American Paul Tanaka being held up as the face of white supremacy in the LAPD, we will see something similar here in this case, because gang stalkers roll like that.

https://unitedgangs.com/2016/04/05/paul-tanakaunder-pressure-about-ties-to-the-lynwood-vikings-deputy-gang/

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R/O/G/S says:

Re: Re: pot, kettle

So, get this: in the land of Stoney Baloney, the cockeyed king has more than one eye.

And, that insightful eye percieves criticism of racist police, trained by a notoriously race-based organization, the ADL, who likely used an officers race to target people of another race as….as…racist.
????

Tell it to my children “of color” but leave me out of your bizarre WhiteLiberaltopia.

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Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

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"Was…was there a reason to bring up the ethnicity of the police union rep or the ADL, or are you shooting to be as racist as you can on Thanksgiving?"

Hardly "as racist as he can be". He only covered the jewish and the black in his implications. With a tentative sideswipe towards the italians.

Not a single breath aimed at the muslims, asians, or mexicans.

I guess that makes him a Stormfront "liberal".

R/O/G/S says:

Re: Re: Re: easy on the Henry Makow

Yeah, your Freudian projector is rolling in the wrong movie house pal.

I have more black/hispanic/other street cred than any of you shiny white bastions of failed/fake, white ADLified pseudo lberalism. I was called a nigger for most of my youth, by both blacks and whites.

What have you got, Father SD Monastery? I mean, other than your shit religious-tribal supremacy and biases, some alttar boy in a closet, and all your lily white demonic word twisting here at Techdirt.

And since you brought up Asians, here, have a look at how your types are oppressing/controlling women arou.d the world by phrasing their bodies as “not their own” :

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/china-sex-work-human-trafficking-part-1/

In your litany of projection, you left out the !Kung people, transgender puppies, polyamorous daylilies, Russian Khazars and pre-Babylonian Conversos, and intersexed bi-racial mules, so you might want to update your Cass Sunstein/Soros/Jesuit/Hasbara race labelling script.

Your version of race baiting is SOoooo 1984. I mean, everyone knows now that Andrew Anglin is Jewish.

R/O/G/S says:

Re: Re: Re:3 ease up on the leaded paint bro

In your litany of projection, you left out the !Kung people, transgender puppies, polyamorous daylilies, Russian Khazars and pre-Babylonian Conversos, and intersexed bi-racial mules, so you might want to update your Cass Sunstein/Soros/Jesuit/Hasbara race labelling script.

Is Andrew Anglins Jewishness getting under your skin? I mean, ideologically hes right in line with almost ever rabbi I eve knew with the no race mixing bit.

R/O/G/S says:

Re: Re: Re:3 easy on the Henry Makow

Wow, you (anonymous) white Israeli interlopers, and your brethren in the KKADL and other race-baiting NGOs sure get worked up about race.

Is that because you are all WHITE?

LOL.

And TFG, wow, Freud much, you child rapist?

Bro, Im merely a human, color-free. I dont make a dime off of race, unlike you.

I mean, its just bizarre how far the Anti Defamation League and its satellite hate groups and NGOs go to race-bait, and divide our country, while bankrolling both sides of the slow kill genocide of Palestinians, who most geneticists acknowledge as the original inhabitants of Palestine.

But if race is your cup of tea, hell, I dont mind pissing in it.

sips "British tea,” flavoured with Rothschild era opium residue

R/O/G/S says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Just for fun, SDM (I mean, if people “like you” actually have fun:

Read some Debbie Schlussel, "the darling of da Shoa!*” about Harvey “the gangster pimp rapist” Weinstein:

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/77889/if-harvey-weinstein-wants-to-stop-anti-semitism-why-does-he-put-out-jew-hating-films/

  • seekrit codewords for “ I have MORE dead relatives than.you do!” plus WAWAWAWAWAWAAAAA
R/O/G/S says:

Re: re: Israelification/ADLification of police

hese two officers, both black/ other, are more than anything, victims of how we/you/they still dont discuss how policing is itself the core problem.

In Goines and his co-defendants case, like so many other black men, he is the product of compromised/racialized policing practices that give the shit work to Stepinfetchit.

Without irony, police union spokes-douche, the Italian derived Joe Gamaldi went on record threatening journalists, critics, and naysayers with targeting aka, "police gang stalking”for criticizing HPDs latest homicidal actions.

Its time to talk about the ADLification of police, but also, how the rats-and-snitches, personal vendettas, and Stasi community policing policies of modern policing are a race/class based institutional failure.

Anonymous Coward says:

I have to say the UNION, in this case, was quite disgusted with their excuses for this case as usual. All the while these tyrant pigs were making things up and covering each other butts will all the lies. Every single one of them should be at minimum FIRED, if not thrown into jail and lose all their benefits. That taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for these criminals.

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