Michael Hamby: HPD Cop Accused of Throwing Tear Gas at BBQ Cook-Off Competitor

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Just be glad no Tasers were involved
People take the barbecue seriously in Texas. But even some competitors would draw the line at throwing tear gas.

Not Houston police officer Michael Hamby, if reported allegations are true. Media outlets are saying he's been relieved of duty after allegedly tossing a tear-gas canister into the tent of a competing team at the Barbecue Cook-Off after an argument. Sources tell KTRK Hamby is denying the charges, although he's not talking to reporters.

The incident apparently happened during the festivities Friday, when Hamby, 51, was off-duty and competing with a team in the cookoff.

Tempers flared with a team in a nearby tent, and at some point, the allegations say, in came a tear-gas canister.

A little taste of Libya!!

HPD is not commenting on their investigation, but the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo does solemnly note that Hamby has resigned his position of captain on the Calf Scramble Committee.

No word on whether the tear gas helped or hurt the flavor of affected entries.

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KnewItAllAlong
KnewItAllAlong

Hamby used to live in my subdivision and was President of the HOA. A lot of us are well aware of his hair-trigger temper and have personally suffered the consequences of it. That said, it's interesting to recall that Hamby resigned as HOA President, several years ago, amidst allegations of mis-management of HOA funds. He and another resident got cross-threaded over some property improvements the other fellow had made,... envision two dogs trying to pee on the same fire hydrant, and you get the gist of how it started. Hamby, however, not to be "stood up to" by a mere nobody, promptly brought the full weight of the HOA to bear on the guy. Wrong move. Turned out, the other guy had some legal clout of his own, and it ended up costing the HOA (the homeowners) tens of thousands of dollars, all because of Hamby's rush to "nail" the guy (he, and the rest of HOA had been so remiss in deed restriction enforcement, so capricious in their actions, that there was never any chance they could make their allegations stick in a court of law in regard to that case, anyway). There were a couple of other little nuances about that deal that stunk to high heaven, but Hamby side-stepped them all by simply resigning. I hope he isn't able to side-step this latest act of stupidity, because he's a seriously angry individual who desperately needs to be reigned in.

Myclads
Myclads

Yep, I am also part of EOHA and I recall this very clearly. This guy is a loose cannon and a criminal. No better than the child-molesters that live down the street from us in EOHA. He needs to not only be fired, but criminally charged for his actions.

Sgt. Stedenko
Sgt. Stedenko

He made a bad decision. Probably too many brewskis.

Willhowl
Willhowl

Interesting.......and Indicative of "potential" HPD arrogance........this guy is a veteran?

Come on....Cops are OK in my book, they are, for the most part, great people,,,,,,,,,

But this is inexcusible....his resignation from Calf Scramble Committee is an admission of some form of guilt......What Else Has he Been Into?...........

Klevenhaganski
Klevenhaganski

Sadly, Hamby serves as ammo for those who want to cut collective bargaining for cops. A guy like this with too much retirement on his hands would be a nightmare for any community.

trose
trose

So you're saying they are greatly exaggerating a tear gas canister being thrown into a crowded area in an effort to get an advantage in contract negotiations? Seems a little out there man, I don't know. We've had many opportunities over the years to see that even with all the training cops aren't immune to making stupid choices.FWIW, I'm a union represented worker so I'm pretty familiar with how nasty negotiations can get.

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