AUSTIN, TEXAS – The
Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), the Houston Police Officers’
Union (HPOU), the Dallas Police Association (DPA) and the Texas
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) have publicly voiced our deep concern
for months as officials continue to re-release persons on one or more
bonds for dangerous offenses including murders, robberies, and
aggravated assaults. In Houston alone, over 120 persons have been killed
by defendants already out on bond. Factoring in a 50% homicide
clearance rate, it goes to reason that the actual number may well be
more than 240. Texas citizens are in imminent danger.
implore our elected officials to openly urge judges to no-bond any
defendant that uses a firearm during an offense while already out on one
or more bonds. The complete disregard for public safety is appalling.
public officials take heed of our plea, we are confident that the
senseless acts of violence will decrease and when our courts open, we
will try these defendants.
of these acts of violence are coming from a small percentage of the
population and no-bonding them will immediately save lives.