Most of you know me and know that I have been a proactive officer my entire career. This is the first time I have ever felt that we could be seeing the death of proactive policing.
Like most of you, I was astounded by the indictment of Officer Gallegos for Murder relating to the Harding Street raid from Jan. 28, 2019. Make no mistake about it, this is nothing more than TV justice for this district attorney.
I find it a little odd that she would bring this charge three days before the time limit for the family to file a wrongful death lawsuit. I also find it suspect that the attorney for the family is the same attorney that DA Ogg hired to work on the Arkima case, which was another case she filed for political reasons – and lost!
As I stated in my press conference, Officer Gallegos should be receiving an award for valor but instead had to post a large bond that no real criminal would receive — $150,000. A judge realized the disparity in that bond and lowered it to a $50000 PR bond.
This brings me back to my point. Why would anyone do proactive police work in this climate?
It’s bad enough that we are scrutinized with everything we do on our body cameras, but now we can be indicted for engaging a suspect who is actively shooting others. I want all members to know that we will not back down. We will do everything possible to secure a not guilty verdict for Officer Gallegos. We are also proud to have Rusty Harden and his staff on board and cannot wait to see him in action. Remember, Rusty earned a reputation as a rock-solid Harris County prosecutor before he went into private practice.
We want to move forward on this case as soon as possible and get Officer Gallegos back to work where he belongs. We must also remember that Officer Gallegos was completely cleared by investigators and this was supported by the Chief of Police.
The other officers involved in this incident were charged with aggregate theft by a public servant, falsifying a government document, and to top it off, they were indicted for engaging in organized crime as a co-conspirator to this case. The DA claimed that the phone records did not match up with the overtime slip. We all know that we may be working overtime but not at the location of the overtime slip.
Investigators will work overtime to interview a suspect, but the overtime slip will show the location of the incident. This is just one example of many, and I look forward to our day in court. The grand jury would have realized this had the DA not conducted such a shotty investigation.
We will continue to monitor these cases and I will be on the front row when they go to trial. Please keep all these officers in your prayers and if you know them, check on them from time to time.
I ask all members to be careful, watch your back, and remember that we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper.