“Ho una famiglia qui. Sono cresciuto qui,” lui dice.
Ora da adulto, non è solo un membro della comunità, ha giurato di proteggerlo, too – as a senior officer of the Houston Polizia Department. Per l'ultimo 29 anni, 20 of those working the Gang Task Force and Divisional Gang Unit, he’s patrolled every nook and cranny of Metro Houston and taken countless criminals off the streets. Now he says the crime is getting so bad in his beloved city that it’s not nearly as safe as it once was.
“I’m fearful for my family just to go out of the house,” says Griffith.
“Felony arrests are up,” lui spiega.
Griffith says he and his fellow officers are having trouble keeping up with the recent crime wave, which he blames, in parte, to a failed judicial system. It’s also a wave that hit especially close to home, when one of their own was murdered this past weekend, during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop.
“It’s hard for me to express my reaction to it,” dice Harris County Constable Ted Heap, referencing 47-year-old Corporal Charles Galloway.
Corporal Galloway, a constable in Harris County’s fifth precinct, was killed before ever having the chance to get out of his vehicle early Sunday morning. Authorities say the driver of the vehicle he’d pulled over, jumped out and opened fire on the Corporal’s SUV, and then fled the scene. After an intense three-day manhunt, il sospetto, 51-year-old Oscar Rosales was arrested in a Mexican border town.
Rosales was extradited back to the United States and appeared before a Texas judge late Wednesday evening. That judge denied bond after disclosing in open court the suspect was already on felony probation, stemming from a 1995 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. NOI. Immigrazione e applicazione delle dogane (GHIACCIO) has also confirmed to Fox News that Rosales was not a citizen and living here illegalmente. Those latest developments have further angered not only parts of the community but particularly the men and women who wear blue.
“We are going out there every day and doing what we need to do and the courts aren’t doing their job, says Douglas Griffith.
“It’s a fundamental breakdown that we can’t get over,” Aggiunge.
Jennifer Hohman agrees.
She’s a victims’ advocate for a Houston group called Fight For Us, which specializes in sex trafficking crimes.
“To never come back to court or continuously sitting in court and get off, it’s sending a message to the community that we don’t care,” explains Hohman.
She also says “Judges and magistrates, per qualche ragione, they can’t get it.”
Inoltre, Houston omicidi are already through the roof. As of January 25, there have already been 41 murders recorded – compared to 20 in New York City and 26 a Los Angeles, according to each respective department’s data. The data shows as of January 27, Chicago has already had 42 omicidi. Secondo Crime Stoppers, Houston’s deadliest and most violent year was 1981, quando più di 700 murders were committed. And while this year isn’t expected to reach or surpass that number, almeno — avvertono gli esperti, if something doesn’t change soon, it could still be one for the record books.
“If it keeps up, at this pace,” says Senior Officer Douglas Griffith.
“We’re going to be well over 500 murders this year.”