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Ex-Police Officers Indicted In Botched Raid That Killed Couple And Their Dog


Added 01-16-20 02:26:03pm EST - “Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant face felony charges stemming from the 2019 drug raid at a Houston home.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Ex-Police Officers Indicted In Botched Raid That Killed Couple And Their Dog”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Texas grand jury has indicted two former Houston police officers for their roles in a botched narcotics raid that left two people and their dog dead and four officers wounded.

Gerald Goines was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony murder punishable by life imprisonment in the Jan. 28 gunfight that killed Rhogena Nicholas, 58, her husband Dennis Tuttle, 59, and the couple’s dog. Goines and his former partner Steven Bryant also were charged with tampering with a government record. 

“We believe officers lied. People died. And now we need the truth,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in announcing the charges.

“Our Constitution guarantees that Americans should not have to fear their government – and when agents of the government violate our rights, they will be held accountable,” she added.

Goines, a 30-year police veteran, lied in an affidavit to justify storming the couple’s home in a “no-knock” drug raid, authorities said. Four officers, including Goines, were wounded in the gunfight that killed Nicholas and Tuttle. A fifth officer was injured, but not by a gunshot.

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