Houston city council member takes voluntary 5-day suspension following investigation

Houston city council member takes voluntary 5-day suspension following investigation

Ed Gonzalez will take a voluntary five-day suspension without pay. An internal HPD investigation found Gonzalez misplaced six homicide case files when he left the force in 2009 to join city council.

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by Jeremy Rogalski / KHOU 11 News I-Team

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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

HOUSTON -- A Houston city council member is docking his own pay for his role in the mishandling of Houston Police homicide cases.

Ed Gonzalez will take a voluntary five-day suspension without pay.

An internal HPD investigation found Gonzalez misplaced six homicide case files when he left the force in 2009 to join city council.

Gonzalez has called the mishap an inadvertent oversight--but still accepts full responsibility..

He says the five days off would have been his punishment if he was still on the force.

The internal HPD probe began last October when Chief Charles McClelland was made aware of some potential policy and procedure violations in the homicide division.

The findings resulted in the discipline of eight officers and supervisors, including the firing of one sergeant.

Chief McClelland said a total of 24 cases had deficiencies—from leads not properly worked up, to reports not timely filed.

McClelland said four of the case files misplaced by Gonzalez were copies. Another case had been completed and cleared, and the sixth remains open with no arrests.

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