Harris County Jail continues to fail compliance standards, according to new inspection report
Staffing issues, inmates spending more time in holding cells, staff not following medical orders, or seeing inmate patients in a timely matter continue to plague the Harris County Jail, according to a new state inspection report obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates.
Activists meet with Sheriff Gonzalez on jail issues; Harris County reportedly understaffed by 500 officers
Community activists with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats met with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez on Thursday to discuss the issues plaguing the county’s jail.
Family of Roderick Brooks files federal civil rights lawsuit against Harris County officials after unarmed man killed by deputy
The family of Roderick Brooks announced on Wednesday the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against multiple Harris County departments and officials, including the deputy who fired the fatal shot that claimed the life of the unarmed Black man.
Documents: HCSO jail inmates lace up, boil water, shadowbox to prep for guard-approved assault of another inmate
The document reads like a scene from a prison movie, yet what many perceive to remain in the fictional world, happened right at the Harris County Sheriff's Office Jail in downtown Houston. According to documents obtained by KPRC 2, a lone inmate was brutally attacked by eight other inmates while a guard with advance notice of the plan, not only allowed, but approved it to happen.
Bond set at $75,000 for mom charged with murder following DWI-related crash that killed 4-year-old daughter
A mother has been charged with felony murder after causing a crash that killed her 4-year-old daughter and injured four other children early Sunday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Bill honoring Harris County Dep. Dhaliwal who was killed in line of duty passes unanimously in US House
HOUSTON – Sunday, Sept. 27 marks one year since Harris County Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was killed in the line of duty. Here’s the latest on what’s being done to honor him:A new bill honoring Harris County Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. ‘Go out and be a Sandeep Dhaliwal’: Houston honors fallen deputyThe bill, led by Houston-area Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, seeks to rename the post office along Addicks-Howell Road near the Katy Freeway after Dhaliwal. “Deputy Dhaliwal represented the very best of our community: he worked for equality, connection, and community through his life of service to others,” said Rep. Fletcher in a statement. “The Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office will serve as a permanent reminder of his service, his sacrifice, and his example for us all.
Harris County Sheriffs Office launches new program aimed to better interactions with people with autism
HOUSTON The Harris County Sheriffs Office has launched a new program with the goal of improving the departments interaction with people with autism. The Project Guardian program will help engage families with loved ones with autism and provide deputies with information about the person with autism, including whether they may have any special needs deputies should know about when encountering them during a call of service. We continuously work with the community to ensure we are doing all we can to best serve our residents with compassion and understanding, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. Project Guardian engages the community, builds positive relationships, and embraces public safety as a shared responsibility. For more information on Project Guardian or to register a loved one with autism, click here.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to discuss Hurricane Laura recovery, assistance efforts
HOUSTON Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is slated to speak Monday to discuss Hurricane Laura recovery. The mayor is expected to discuss the Houston Paying it Forward donation drive to assist people recovering from the hurricane, as well as COVID-19 response. KPRC 2 is scheduled to live stream the news conference. Be sure to watch in the video player at the top of this article at 3 p.m.
Harris County Sheriffs deputy charged with felony sexual assault in alleged March incident, officials say
HOUSTON A Harris County Sheriffs deputy was charged with sexual assault after a woman reported that a uniformed deputy assault her in March, according to the Harris County Sheriffs Office. Deputy Kenneth Reed, 45, was charged with felony sexual assault Monday after a woman reported on March 18 that a uniformed deputy sexually assaulted her with his hands near the 157000 block of Bammel Village Drive. The woman told investigators that she had driven there with plans to take a walk with her young daughter, officials wrote in a release. Now that criminal charges have been accepted, an Internal Affairs review will be conducted and its findings will be presented to the Sheriffs Administrative Disciplinary Committee. Spencer told KPRC 2 that HCSO will release Reeds mugshot once he is booked into Harris County Jail.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez supports reform, calls defunding law enforcment short sighted
On Tuesday, Gonzalez shared a thread of tweets on his stance on reform and defunding law enforcement agencies around the country. Im moving forward with a number of significant policy revisions, Gonzalez wrote. We prohibit the use of chokeholds, but were going to make it even more clear in policy, Gonzalez said. The time to act is now.Gonzalez said he will continue to lobby for better pay for law enforcement officers in order to attract the best qualified people to the profession. We must build momentum toward a more effective, equitable and thoughtful approach to law enforcement, Gonzalez said.