On Thursday, 1/27/22, Roland Caballero, a wanted felon with an extensive criminal history, opened fire on Houston Police Department officers, injuring three. After shooting the officers, Caballero carjacked a woman and then fled to a house on the 1800 block of Lockwood. After barricading himself in the house for several hours, Caballero finally surrendered. Caballero has been charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and one count of aggravated robbery. The injured officers were identified as Officer Gadson (35), Officer Hayden (32), and Officer Alvarez (28). Thankfully, it appears all three HPD officers will recover from their gunshot wounds. For all the details, please click on the links below:
Unfortunately, the above shooting is just one of the many violent incidents that have occurred during our on-going violent crime wave. As a moderate Democrat, I hate to admit that the surge in violent crime began after liberal, progressive Democrats swept all the Republican judges out of office in November 2018. Since their election, our progressive judges have been more concerned with assisting felony defendants (e.g. granting PR bonds, setting relatively low bonds, approving multiple bonds, making it more difficult to revoke bail bonds) than protecting the public and violent crime victims (to include people living in poor, under-served communities). Our police officers are doing their job and arresting felony offenders, but then are powerless as judges continuously release these offenders from jail and allow them back into our neighborhoods. When confronted with the reality of this on-going crime wave, progressive Democrats try to blame Hurricane Harvey, the District Attorney's Office, our local law enforcement officers, the bail bond industry, the COVID pandemic, and everyone else except themselves. Enough is enough. During the upcoming Democratic primary, we need to elect some new Democratic leadership, especially in the criminal courtrooms and on Harris County Commissioners Court. Rather than nominating liberals, progressives, socialists, etc. to office, we need to nominate and elect some common-sense, "tough on crime", moderate Democrats. Remember, crime victims are voters too, and they live in every community.
For more background and current information, please click on the links below:
From November 2018:
Recent violent attacks on local police officers:
For more information on the reckless bail bond decisions of our local criminal court judges, please click on the links below:
Felony Bail Bond Reform - Supported by Moderate Democrats to Help Restore Public Safety:
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