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    6 former HPD officers charged with 15 felonies linked to deadly botched raid that killed Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle

    6 former HPD officers charged with 15 felonies linked to deadly botched raid

    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A total of 15 new criminal felony charges have been filed by the Harris County District Attorney's Office in the ongoing investigation of deadly botched raid on Harding Street.

    In a briefing held on Wednesday, district attorney Kim Ogg said warrants have been issued for six former Houston narcotics officers, including former officer Gerlad Goines and Steven Bryant, who have already been charged.

    Five of the six are charged with falsifying government documents used in narcotics investigations.

    Allegations include using false information to get judges to sign search warrants, falsifying time sheets, putting false information in offense reports, and falsifying government documents to steal, prosecutors have determined.

    "Goines and others could never have preyed on our community the way they did without the participation of their supervisors; every check and balance in place to stop this type of behavior was circumvented," Ogg said. "This was graft and greed at every step in the process, and prosecutors are making their way through the evidence one incident at a time."

    The home in the 7800 block of Harding Street was the scene of a "no-knock" narcotics warrant that was executed by Houston police officers on Jan. 28, 2019.

    The raid resulted in a shootout between a team of officers and two residents inside.

    The operation resulted in Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle, a married couple, both being killed.

    In addition to Goines and Bryant, those charged include former sergeants Clemente Reyna and Thomas Wood, former lieutenant Robert Gonzales, and former senior officer Hodgie Armstrong, according to court records.

    Goines has previously been charged with felony murder and tampering with government records and Bryant has previously been charged with tampering with government records.

    "The new charges show a pattern and practice of lying and deceit," Ogg said. "There are mountains more evidence to review, and more charges are likely as we push into the next phase of our investigation."

    Supervisors signed records stating they witnessed street-level officers pay money to confidential informants for buying drugs, when the evidence reveals the supervisors were not actually there, and therefore could not have witnessed what they claimed to have witnessed, according to prosecutors.

    "This investigation is peeling back layers of a narcotics-enforcement system gone awry," Ogg said. "It calls into question the way HPD has been enforcing narcotics laws, especially in communities of color. The lion's share of arrests made by this squad were minority men for low-level drug crimes."

    The cases filed Wednesday will be presented to a Harris County grand jury this month.

    Prosecutors are also reviewing cases to determine if defendants were wrongfully convicted after being arrested by Goines.

    Below is a list of those charged as of July 1, 2020:


    Officer Gerald Goines Three charges of tampering with a government record (search warrants.) Third-Degree Felony, two to 10 years in prison. One charge of theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, Third-Degree Felony.

    Officer Steven Bryant Two charges of tampering with a government record (confidential informant forms which contain details of money allegedly given to informants for services or buying drugs.) State Jail Felony, six months to two years in jail. One charge of theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, a Third-Degree Felony.

    Sgt. Clemente Reyna Three charges of tampering with a government record (confidential informant forms.) State Jail Felony. One charge of theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, Third-Degree Felony.

    Sgt. Thomas Wood One charge of tampering with a government record (confidential informant form.) State Jail Felony. One charge of theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, Third-Degree Felony.

    Lt. Robert Gonzales One charge of misapplication of fiduciary property, State Jail Felony, for the reckless handling of HPD money. Gonzales held a position of trust and was required to verify and authorize any expenditures of up to $2,500.

    Officer Hodgie Armstrong One charge of tampering with a government record (offense report,) State Jail Felony.

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    Here is a press conference on the Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle police brutality incidents.

    HOUSTON — A day after the Houston Police Department released their audit in the botched Harding Street raid, several lawmakers gathered in front of the home where Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas were murdered to demand more answers from Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

    The biggest gripe from lawmakers was that the audit could have been released days after the shooting, calling the investigation into the raid "whitewashed" and the audit "a scam."

    "This report is a joke," said State Representative Gene Wu.

    Wu said the audit does not give any details on who was responsible for overseeing the systematic problems that led to Tuttle and Nicholas' death and didn't really speak on what the department will do to prevent this from happening again.

    Wu said he and other lawmakers have committed to making provisions in state law that says you can not hide public audits from the public. He said the community deserves full transparency and accountability from their police departments.

    Wu said they are also looking into other recommendations listed in the report and considering them from statewide legislation.

    “We are doing this is the name of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle,” Wu said.

    You can click here to read the full audit.

    Six officers have been charged with 15 felonies in connection to the botched Harding Street raid.

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    The Harris County District Attorney’s Office charged the six retired officers – who include three supervisors and a senior police officer – after reviewing thousands of cases handled by Squad 15 of Houston Police Department’s Narcotics Division.

    Five of the six officers are charged with falsifying government documents used in narcotics investigations. Allegations include using false information to get judges to sign search warrants, falsifying time sheets, putting false information in offense reports and falsifying government documents to steal, prosecutors have determined.

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