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Harris County District Attorney And Houston Police Halt All Field Drug Testing!

(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine
(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine

(Exclusive) Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Law Enforcement That DA’s Office Will No Longer Mandate ‘Field Testing’ For Drug Charges!


(HOUSTON) — A directive released by District Attorney Kim Ogg and obtained by About News informs law enforcement that as of midnight on July 15th, 2017, the Houston Police Department will be permitted to forego field testing in drug-related cases.

Field testing is a widely used method for law enforcement for the purpose of identifying what are believed to be narcotics.  “The change in policy comes as a measure to ensure the safety of officers,” Ogg says in the directive. It proceeds to state that potentially lethal drugs such as Fentanyl and Carfentanil (two highly addictive narcotic medications) pose too high a risk to officer safety.

Houston Police Department’s Media Relations told About News that  “due to the dangers of Fentanyl, it’s [field testing] going to be discontinued …” HPD was unable to ascertain whether the field testing rules were applicable only to Fentanyl and Carfentanil products or all drug cases across the board.

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(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine

Law enforcement agencies throughout Harris County would no longer be required to perform field tests should they choose to follow the directive. Instead, new criteria would be presented to the Office of the District Attorney Intake Division, including but not limited to: contraband color, contraband texture, the presence drug-related paraphernalia, demeanor of the suspect, and prior arrests and convictions involving controlled substances of the suspect.

Field testing has often been met with criticism, as cases of false positives have led to the arrests of innocent individuals not in possession of controlled substances. These incidents have seen civilians faced with jail time, employment loss, and homelessness.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with Houston Police Department will be holding a press conference at 3 o’clock on Friday, July 14th to announce the changes to protocol. Click here to read the directive sent from District Attorney Kim Ogg.

Anthony Ramirez, News Correspondent for About Magazine + About News, Cade Michals contributed to this news article.

 

Houston Judge Sues Federal Government Over LGBT Awareness Video

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A Houston Judge Sues Federal Government After He Claims Mandatory LGBT Awareness Video Violated His Civil Rights!


HOUSTON — FEB 23 — A Houston Social Security judge says the federal government violated his civil rights because he was required to watch a 17-minute on-demand training video about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion and awareness in the workplace.

Judge Gary Suttles of Missouri City, Texas has been an administrative judge for 12 years with federal offices near Sam Houston Tollway and Bissonett. Judge Suttles is no stranger to the media spot light. Suttles was investigated by the Social Security Administration in 2014 after he was accused of ‘humiliating a gulf war vet.’

Suttles has one of the highest disability denial rates in the state. In fact, his denial rate is about double the national average for granting disability benefits.

The lawsuit filed in federal court, contends the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration violated his ‘freedom of religion’ when he was forced to view the LGBTQ+ video. The video included awareness, and training.

The lawsuit claims the mandatory video created a “religiously hostile work environment.”

LGBT Protesters To Hold Dance Party Outside Texas Governor’s Mansion

Forget Oilcan Harry’s, Richs, South Beach or any other bar or club. The hottest LGBT dance party probably won’t be in one of those spaces. Instead it will be outside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s mansion window.

HOUSTONFEB 21 —Hundreds of people have expressed interest and have signed up to protest outside the Texas governor’s mansion on Thursday in Austin against bills that threaten the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

As of Tuesday afternoon nearly 800 supporters have RSVP’d on Facebook to attend the dance party from 6pm to 9pm on the east side of the Governor’s Mansion at 1010 Colorado St.

Thursday’s event called Queer Dance Freakout at the Governor’s Mansion.

“It’s such a shame it’s been misused for so many years so turning it into a gay bar for a night seems like a proper use of this gorgeous architecture.”

Event organizers say the goal is to show opposition to what is considered anti-LGBT legislation, particularly so-called transgender bathroom bills — Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 1362. The bills would prohibit public schools from letting transgender children use multistall bathrooms that conform with their gender identity. State government buildings also would be barred from creating transgender-friendly bathrooms, and cities and counties would be prohibited from requiring bathrooms that accommodate transgender individuals.

“We say NO to marriage equality limitations. We say NO to old men saying what we can and cannot do,” according to the Facebook event description. “We say NO to anti-transgender bathroom bills. We say YES to shaking our asses. We say YES to the freedoms of the body.”

Harris County First Open Lesbian District Attorney Sworn In

Harris County First Open Lesbian District Attorney Sworn In

As the first openly lesbian district attorney, Kim Ogg is making history and aims to change the broken criminal justice system in Houston, Texas.

 

HOUSTON — NOV 4 — In a state that went for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, native Houstonian Kim Ogg, an Democrat, sweep the county with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Officially making her the newly elected District Attorney of Harris County, and the first openly lesbian to lead the largest DA’s office in the South.

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(L) Kim Ogg, and partner (R) Olivia Jordan

Having been officially sworn in as the first open lesbian for Harris County District Attorney, her son and life partner by her side. Ogg, who campaigned on victim’s rights, formally took the oath at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, a day prior to the public inauguration on Monday.

“I welcome all of you to a new era of criminal justice,” Ogg said. “My vision for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is for us together to fulfill this purpose, by making our paramount goal public safety and evidence-based justice for all,” she explained.

“I welcome all of you to a new era of criminal justice” – Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney

Winning the office in a Democratic tidal wave, Ogg says she strives to accomplish, “keeping the public safe, constantly strive for equality in our use of prosecutorial discretion, to treat those accused of crimes fairly and to treat all crime victims with dignity.”

Ogg thanked her partner of 32 years, Olivia Jordan, their son, Jack, her colleagues in the DA’s office, law enforcement officials and many others during the ceremony.