Police in Houston, Texas, are demanding answers after one of their own was shot and killed by a serial criminal who was allowed to walk freely after a judge significantly lowered his bond.
Houston Police Officers' Union President Doug Griffith called on Harris County Judge Greg Glass to resign this week, arguing that the Democratic judge's failure to administer justice directly resulted in the death of one police officer and serious injury to another.
"He needs to have the integrity to step down," the union president said, according to KPRC-TV. "Until he decides to step up and explain himself, we will continue to come after him. I will actively search for people who will run against him."
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On Monday, serial criminal Deon Ledet, 30 — whose lengthy rap sheet included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, evading arrest, and most recent, felony possession — shot and killed 30-year police veteran Sr. Officer William "Bill" Jeffrey. At the time, Jeffrey was attempting to arrest Ledet on a high-level narcotics charge.
Another officer, Sgt. Michael Vance, was also shot during the arrest. His recovery process is expected to take several months. Ledet was killed in the shootout.
The incident immediately caused an uproar in the community, as police claimed the atrocity could easily have been avoided if the justice system had done its job. In short, Ledet should never have been out on the streets.
According to court records, Ledet had been arrested a whopping 18 times since 2008. In lieu of his criminal record, prosecutors were adamant that Ledet be denied bond and placed behind bars pending trial for two 2020 felony drug charges.
But Glass evidently disagreed. First, he chose to set bond. Then, in Nov. 2020, when the district attorney's office requested that the twice-convicted felon's bond be revoked, Glass responded by cutting the bond amounts in half, from $20,000 and $40,000 to $10,000 and $20,000.
Additionally, Ledet was supposed to be administered a GPS ankle monitor, but he never showed up for his appointment.
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What has been the reaction?
Union president Griffith and multiple local news reporters have attempted to reach out to Glass for comment or explanation for his actions, but the judge has so far remained silent. In June, KTRK-TV reported that Glass is one of four local justices who has not held court in more than a year and a half.
"He needs to be out in the forefront explaining himself as to why he did what he did," Griffith said this week. "It's sick to see this happen over and over again, and Judge Glass, you have some explaining to do."
"He told [Ledet] he needed to get an ankle monitor and did that happen? No, it did not," Griffith added. "His bond was revoked, and he was still out on the streets."