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HPD wraps up investigation on botched Harding Street raid; DA’s office will take over

The internal HPD administrative investigation regarding the raid is still ongoing.

HOUSTON — Nearly four months later, the Houston Police Department said they have wrapped up their investigation on the Harding Street raid and have turned all their information over to the District Attorney's office. 

In a statement, the Houston Police Department said they have “cooperated fully with the DA’s office and the FBI throughout the investigations and provided all information that has been requested."

The internal HPD administrative investigation regarding the incident is still ongoing.

“As stated at the onset we will leave no stone unturned in our effort to determine the facts,” HPD said. “Today is a major step in that direction and we continue to be committed to a relentless pursuit of truth, transparency and accountability.”

District Attorney Kim Ogg said all of the evidence will be reviewed by prosecutors and ultimately presented to a grand jury to determine what criminal charges are warranted.

"We will be thorough and methodical, because the people of Harris County deserve the truth.”  

Last week, another search warrant was unsealed in January’s deadly botched drug raid on Harding Street.

The warrant was the 19th filed in the investigation into the January raid that left a husband and wife dead and five police officers injured.

The new warrant allowed investigators to seize electronic data, including location information, from now-retired Houston Police Officer Gerald Goines’ police vehicle. The data stored in the vehicle’s “human machine interface” could include call logs, contacts, text messages, voice recordings and navigation information, according to the warrant.

Goines is accused of lying to obtain a no-knock warrant in the Harding Street raid. Goines said confidential informants bought drugs at the Harding Street address, but the informants later told investigators they had never been to the house.

The raid led to multiple policy changes within the Houston Police Department and an FBI civil rights investigation.


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