August 27, 2002
K-Mart Kiddie Roundup: 12 more suspended
Twelve more police supervisors have joined Captain Aguirre on the sidelines as HPD scrambles to get its story straight. Aguirre's lawyer says that he doesn't think there were "innocent people" arrested at the Kiddie Roundup. A $100 million lawsuit has been filed by someone who disagrees with that assessment. Houston Police Officer's Union President Hans Martuciuc says that the officers who made the arrests are the real victims. There's confusion over who exactly is investigating this mess.
I can't wait for the public hearings.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 27, 2002 to K-Mart Kiddie Roundup
$100 million for some guy getting rousted, and yet the families of the 9/11 victims pick up anywhere between $300K and $1.2mil.
I get all my Houston news from Off the Kuff, so I do not know if this has been answered.
Do the police admit that persons who were actually K-Mart customers or a Sonic Drive-In customers who had recently completed a purchase (or in the case of Sonic Drive-In, were still eating the food purchased) were not trepassing and thus arresting them would be an error?
If they do admit that, do they admit that there were such persons, or do they suggest that no actual recent customers were arrested?
I haven't seen any official statement from the chief yet, but Aguirre's lawyer isn't admitting any wrongdoing:
"They had to do what is called proactive police work," he said. "I don't think there were innocent people arrested out there."