The story on a police-involved shooting in Houston on January 28 keeps going from bad to worse as more information comes in. The official police narrative was that officers were serving a warrant on a suspected heroin dealer. When they entered the home, the drug dealer and his wife opened fire on police. Five cops were wounded, and the two homeowners and their dog were killed.
The Houston Police Chief went in front of the cameras, praising the officers as “tough as nails” community servants – and of course, he called on lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun control laws and to close the ‘gun show loophole’ to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. Then the whole story fell apart.
Listen to this description of the couple killed by police and ask yourself whether this fits the profile of two heroin dealers. Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas-Tuttle have been married for 20 years. Dennis is a disabled military vet. Rhogena is active in the community and she liked and followed the “All Lives Matter” pro-police page on Facebook.
Every single one of Dennis and Rhogena’s neighbors knew them by name and absolutely loved them. They call them a down-to-earth couple that was always ready and willing to help others. And neighbors say there were never any signs of drug dealing or any other criminal activity in the Tuttle’s home – no cars showing up at all hours of the night for a quick fix, no shady characters hanging around.
Does that sound like any heroin dealers you’ve ever heard of?
This is what we know about the raid from published reports in the Daily Mail, the Free Thought Project and other outlets that have covered it. The cops executed a no-knock raid on Dennis and Rhogena’s home on January 28th. The five police that kicked in their front door were in plainclothes – they had no identifying uniforms and weren’t showing badges. A neighbor who saw them kick in the door said she never heard the cops yell out “Police!” to identify themselves as cops. When they kicked the door in, the Tuttle’s dog went nuts and the police immediately shot the dog.
Dennis was in a back room in the home. He grabbed his legally-owned sidearm (a .357) and ran out to the living room to see five guys pointing guns at his wife and his now-dead dog. Dennis started shooting.
Rhogena tried to grab a gun from one of the wounded officers and fight back – and again, none of them had identified themselves as police officers at that point. Dennis and Rhogena were both killed by the cops.
A reporter found six bullet entry holes in the wall outside the front door, so at least one police officer was blindly shooting into the house. All the ballistics reports aren’t back yet, so it may eventually show that some of the wounded officers were hit by friendly fire.
A small trace of marijuana was found inside the home — and honestly, when you hear the rest of this story, you’ll probably be wondering if the cops planted that. Dennis’s pistol was legally owned, because he’d never been convicted of a crime. There was no heroin in the house.
Now it turns out that the “tough as nails” lead investigator Greg Goines had a confidential informant lie and sign an affidavit saying he had bought heroin at the Tuttles’ address the day before. That never took place. The cops obtained a warrant based on an absolute lie and then executed a no-knock warrant against a law-abiding couple’s home. The couple is dead as a result.
If you kicked someone’s door in under false pretenses and shot them dead as a private citizen, you’d be facing the death penalty in Texas. But because they’re police officers, prosecutors are only talking about charges for making false statements on a warrant application.
When is Congress going to implement a ban on these unconstitutional no-knock warrants? Or, better yet, when is the Supreme Court going to ban them as an obvious violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of citizens?
This whole story is rotten from top to bottom. And for the Houston Chief of Police to call on this as a reason for more gun control is absolutely sickening. Agents of the state like Greg Goines are the reason we have the Second Amendment in the first place.