HPD disciplines homicide division officers over mishandled cases

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HOUSTON – A five-month investigation into the HPD homicide division has ended with bad news for some men in blue, including the indefinite suspension of an HPD sergeant, Ryan Chandler, Police Chief Charles McClelland revealed in a press conference.

Chandler was connected to 21 of 24 cases HPD identified as having issues, dating back to 2004.

Chandler received a whole slew of citations, including ‘untruthfulness’ and ‘insubordination’ – definitely not qualities you want in a police officer.

Two lieutenants, two sergeants, and four officers were disciplined, and the chief also said HPD has been contacting family members of people involved in all 24 cases to keep them informed.

The chief stressed this is not a reflection on the homicide division as a whole, but Mayor Parker says “the severeity of the case can’t be minimized,” and “the victims and family members involved in these cases deserved better.”

Hey police — just remember, you’re here to preserve order, including in your own house!



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