April 26, 2019
Prosecutors are requesting that charges be dismissed in 27 pending criminal cases due to concerns about the credibility of two former police officers under investigation for their roles in the deadly drug raid on Harding Street.
The move comes as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office continues to independently probe the February incident, which left two civilians dead and four officers wounded by gunfire.
Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant were relieved of duty by the Houston Police Department following the raid. They later retired.
The motions for dismissal include all remaining non-adjudicated cases in which Goines or Bryant were material witness who could be required to testify in contested cases.
“Truthfulness is essential in a case that must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. We can’t vouch for these officers’ credibility,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
The motions are being filed today by Assistant District Attorney JoAnne Musick.
All but one of the cases, which involve a total of 25 defendants, were for possessing or selling drugs. The other was for felon in possession of a firearm.
“Police corruption erodes public trust and through methodical, deliberate and independent investigation, we will get to the truth,” Ogg said.