In a saga that appears to be getting stranger by the day, the Houston Police Department disciplined both officers involved in the fatal shooting of Roland Carnaby for not following policy.
Could the sweeping elections including ousting the current District Attorney for Harris County where Houston Texas is located, warrant a look again at the Roland Carnaby shooting? Are there new questions in the suit brought by Carnaby’s widow Susan Carnaby against the city and the police department in the Southern District Federal Court in Houston for violating her husband’s civil rights in the fatal shooting?
Last summer a grand jury failed to indict either officer, although the autopsy report clearly labels the death as a homicide. However, this week the Houston Police Department found both officers involved in the suit had failed to follow policy in the high-speed chase and shooting and issued letters to the officers dated Nov. 5, the day following the election. It was the department’s internal affairs division, which found that Sgt. Andrew J. Washington and Officer Cecil A.T. Foster did not use sound judgment and did not follow department policy in the incident.
Disciplinary records filed with the Civil Service Commission state that Washington and Foster did not follow department policy when they left their positions of cover and approached Carnaby’s vehicle without trying to talk with him first. The records also state that Washington did not properly supervise Foster.
Per the Houston Chronicle article, Chief Harold Hurtt suspended Washington for one day and gave Foster a written reprimand. Washington has appealed his suspension while Foster has filed a grievance.
Per KHOU of Houston, “In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, HPD said it issued three disciplinary actions to the officer who fired the shots and two to his supervisor following an internal affairs investigation.”
“We feel that the judgment calls they made, were the correct calls. We certainly intend on appealing the discipline,” said Gary Blankenship, HPOU to KHOU in a statement.
In accounts picked up first by the Houston Chronicle, this newest development quickly covered the national and international news setting off a new round of questions. “The Houston police officers involved in the shooting death of a man who claimed to have ties to federal law enforcement were disciplined for not trying to talk to the man before they approached his car after a high-speed chase earlier this year, according to the department’s investigation of the case.”
According to the reports, an officer pounded with a nightstick on the passenger side door. Then, as Carnaby started to get out of the driver side, another officer ran around to the front of the SUV with his gun drawn.
According to former HPD officer Tommy Nixon, in an interview with KHOU, after watching the video of what happened with Carnaby, Nixon agreed that there were violations of conduct and behavior, as well as police procedure.
Nixon also said that he had met Carnaby years earlier in a group of former intelligence officers. Nixon said that he believes Carnaby was a CIA operative, which may be why he fled.
Per TXCM.com, the investigation was launched after the death of Roland Carnaby, a 52-year-old Houston man with no prior criminal record who led police on a high-speed chase and claimed to be with the CIA.
In a sworn deposition, that officer blamed the City of Houston for poor training in high-risk vehicle approaches.
The on-scene supervisor also criticized HPD’s training process.
The disciplined supervisor has had previous actions taken against him by the department, including a suspension from duty for the violent striking of a prisoner, failure to abide by laws, insubordination and speeding.
The conspiracy site of Opednews.com has added even a stranger twist to this story by reporting, “That according to Wayne Madsen, he has been told to cease and desist reporting on the case of the shooting death of Roland Carnaby…”
Rose Speaks.com has talked to a long time friend of Roland Carnaby who asks to remain anonymous but which Susan Carnaby’s lawyer, Randy Kallinen, has verified the friendship and the source as reliable. This person describes the shooting as an “assignation” not a police shooting, and predicts the public is going to be surprised as to how deep Roland Carnaby’s connection to federal agencies including the CIA will be as the civil rights violations trial begins to unravel this mystery.
Rose Speaks.com did report that Carnaby’s laptop computer was quickly moved to the Houston Police Departments forensic department for extensive testing and that department just happens to be in the same building as the CIA’s forensic department. In Court papers filed June 7, 2008, it was shown that the Secret Service had taken possession of the laptop.
All of the newest developments unfolded after the Court Order the Houston Police Department to make available the dashboard camera views of police cars to Ms. Carnaby’s lawyer, Randy Kallinen, who then released them to the media.
Stay tuned to Rose Speaks.com as we have promised to cover all of these developments and the trial of Mrs. Carnaby against the city of Houston and the Houston Police Department.
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November 20, 2008
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