Houston Matters

How Can Law Enforcement Better Relate to the People it Serves?

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. We discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The TAPS Academy seeks to connect at-risk […]

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Police Interaction, Electric Bills, Gardening, and The Purse Bearer: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The […]

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Rethinking Marijuana Possession Penalties and Transitional Artifacts: Houston Matters for Friday, August 8, 2014

Posted on · A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union reported Harris County had one of the highest rates of marijuana arrests in 2010. Nearly 12,000 people in Harris County were busted for pot possession. Getting caught with even a little bit of marijuana in Texas is going to cost you. Possessing two ounces or less […]

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Curbing & Preventing Gang Activity in Houston

Posted on · Last month, a Harris County judge granted an injunction against several dozen known gang members, essentially banning them from what has been dubbed the "East Aldine Safety Zone," – east of Highway 59 and south of Bush Intercontinental Airport. News 88.7's Pat Hernandez reported that 47 members of the notorious Crips and Bloods street gangs […]

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Policing the Police

Posted on · On Thursday, Oct .24, Texas Southern University will host a community meeting called “Policing the Police” – it’s a panel discussion about police procedures. The event stems from recent articles about police misconduct published by the Texas Observer. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of the meeting, we talk with Texas Observer writer […]

Moody Park

Moody Park- The Aftermath

Posted on · Thirty years ago today, fires from the Moody Park Riot were still smoldering. Destroyed police cars and looted businesses were evidence of what had happened the day before. But as Jack Williams reports in the third of a three part series, the destruction was just the beginning of a gradual healing process. It also marked a new era in how the Houston police department related to the City's minority communities.

Moody Park

Moody Park Part 2- The Riot

Posted on · Thirty years ago today, in Moody Park on Houston's near north side, thousands gathered for Cinco de Mayo festivities. It had been a year since Jose Campos Torres had drowned in Buffalo Bayou after a police beating. In the crowd that day, anger toward the police soon exploded into violence. In the second of a three part series, Jack Williams reports on a day many will never forget.

Moody Park

Echoes of Moody Park – Part 1

Posted on · It was thirty years ago tomorrow that a crowd in a community park on Houston's near north side exploded in anger, resulting in one of the worst riots in the city's history. Moody Park instantly became a dark symbol of simmering unrest between the Houston Police Department and the local Hispanic community. In the first of a three part series, Jack Williams reports on what led to that fateful day a year earlier along the banks of Buffalo Bayou.