Cops Taking On Quannel X? No Uniforms Allowed
Three HPD officers who were accused of using excessive force on Marvin Driver Jr. -- father of NFL wide receiver Donald Driver -- have sued Driver and activist Quanell X for making what they say are false allegations about the November incident. (The department's investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing on the officers' part.) They appeared at the Feb. 6 press conference announcing the suit in civilian attire, as per Hurtt's directive to Blankinship.
A piece about the situation in this month's Badge & Gun, HPOU's monthly newsletter, is highly critical of what it called the chief's "disgusting morale-lowering decisions." Harsh words that Blankinship isn't afraid to echo.
"Just another example of the chief not supporting his troops," he tells us. "The one time they want to stand up for being falsely accused in that uniform, the department and city don't back them up. It makes me sick."
"There was one captain that walked in the room for a minute," Blankinship says.
This incident is just one episode of what's been a strained relationship, the union president tells us.
"There are a lot of things that I agree with Chief Hurtt on. But the rank-and-file do not support the chief." (Ouch!) "I've really fought off going after the chief publicly, but I have a rank-and-file that really wants me to go after the chief."
Blankinship did not go on to say that Hurtt is not fit to hand-wash the sweat-drenched undergarments of Houston's finest, but we did get the impression that feelings are running somewhere along those lines.
We haven't gotten our call to HPD media relations returned, but we'll update if we do.