Houston Mayor Parker And Police Chief McClelland Referring Possible Cases Of Houston Police Abuse To Federal Government For Investigation—This Is The Correct Course
The Houston Chronicle reports that the federal government is investigating 6 incidents of Houston Police shooting or otherwise allegedly abusing unarmed persons. The Chronicle reports that 3 of these matters were referred to the feds by Houston Police Chief Charles McClellend.
( Picture above is of Houston Mayor Annise Parker in front of an airplane.)
I have made posts on the blog about two of the incidents that the federal government is investigating.
Unarmed teen Chad Holley was beaten in 2010 by a number of Houston police officers.
Earlier in 2012, a double amputee in a wheelchair named Brian Claunch was shot and killed by Houston police.
There is no way the Chief is referring multiple cases of possible police abuse and misdeeds to the federal government without the approval in one form or another of Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
Mayor Parker and Chief McClelland should be commended for this course of action.
In the past the Mayor has addressed racism and sexism within the Houston Fire Department.
While our safety forces do many good and brave things, it is also so that some of them engage in wrong actions.
It is good for Houston that Mayor Parker has been willing to confront this fact.
The Houston branch of the NAACP will be holding a community meeting this evening–February 8– to discuss the video-taped beating of 15 year-old Chad Holley by some members of the Houston Police Department.
The Houston NAACP says—
“City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Houston Police Chief, Charles McClelland and District Attorney, Pat Lykos are invited to address the community’s concerns….”
I don’t know if these leaders are attending, but they have been invited.
The meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 PM at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Good Hope is located at 3015 North MacGregor Way in Houston.
Here is the web home of the Houston NAACP. The Houston NAACP also has a Facebook page.
The beating of Chad Holley is a matter of concern for people in Houston. What happens to one person can happen to anybody.