Contrary to what several local and state LGBTQ media outlets were first reporting in the confusion of a breaking story, which can happen to anyone, AbOUT Magazine has discovered that only 7 people were arrested at Memorial Park in Houston on August 1, 2013.
First, according to several social media, and news outlets around the city and state, at least 20 people were arrested at Memorial Park by Houston Police Department’s Vice Squad, dressed in speedos and entrapping gay men, this has turned out to be proof of a rumor mill!
This is not the case according to Houston Police Department Public Information Officer Jodi Silva. “This was a Proactive Vice Investigation based on several complaints of lewd behavior and exposure complaints”.
“Only seven people were arrested and, none of them were charged with prostitution or solicitation. All seven were charged with incident exposure”. Silva states. All the men were arrested was between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for indecent exposure, a Class-B misdemeanor.
“The arrests were not all made in one area. They were made, while the suspects were in their cars, close to the trails, or around the trials”.
HPD would not comment to AbOUT Magazine on the style of clothing that VICE officer were wearing while conducting their investigation.
The targeted area is the 100 block of Picnic Lane, which is located near walking and jogging trails, as well as restrooms.
Janice Evans, a spokeswoman for Mayor Annise Parker’s office, deferred comment to HPD.