Who says crime doesn’t pay? Tavores Dewayne Henderson, who is accused of killing a female Houston police officer earlier this week, clearly felt no deterrent against committing crimes, as he previously bragged about the ease with which he posted bail. That sentiment was validated last night when a Harris County judge offered him bail, even after being charged with murdering a cop.
Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, was attempting to arrest Henderson Tuesday night on a domestic assault warrant when he broke free, went back into his vehicle and allegedly ran her over, killing her. He was a fugitive until police found him on Thursday.
Sullivan’s murder, like most murders in this country, could have been prevented had Henderson been properly punished and deterred from his past crimes. Yet he barely served a day in jail, and he bragged about it.
According to court records, Henderson was charged with theft in Galveston County and with fleeing from police in Montgomery County. Then, in February, he was charged with domestic violence in Harris County after a woman accused him of pointing a gun at her head and then choking her. He never served time in jail and was out free pending disposition of those cases. Henderson was previously arrested on weapons and drug offenses in Fort Bend County in 2016, but never served a day because he was a juvenile.
Henderson was so proud of his jailbreak that after he bonded out of Harris County jail earlier this year, he posted a video on Instagram showing off his bail. “Y’all thought the kid wasn’t coming home. Over three counties … over three (expletive) bonds … over three cases,” he said as he showed the cash on camera, according to KHOU.
Suspected cop killer Tavores Henderson goes by “therealkillahdre” on Instagram. In this video, he brags about having plenty of cash to bond out of jail multiple times. If you know where he is, please, call CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS. #KHOU11 Investigates pic.twitter.com/ddx8fAM4Jz
— Jeremy Rogalski (@JRogalskiKHOU) December 11, 2019
Well, guess what? Even after Henderson was caught on Thursday and charged with a homicide that should never have happened, a Harris County judge offered him bail! Harris County magistrate Colin Amann offered Henderson $150,000 bond, which means he could likely be released after coming up with 10 percent of that sum. This is a capital murder case of a police officer, which almost always results in the suspect being held without bond or at least on $2 million bond. I’ve never seen anything like this before, especially from a repeat offender who has already skipped court dates.
Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, wan irate and took to twitter to call on the judge to resign.
If Mr Amann is unwilling to resign, Harris County Commissioners Court must take action and terminate his employment. We cannot have someone without common sense making life and death decisions.
— Joe Gamaldi (@JoeGamaldi) December 13, 2019
The sad thing is that the bipartisan consensus from the two liberal political parties is that not enough people are let out of jail and that the system is somehow too tough on criminals. Harris County is on its way to abolishing bail just like New York did.
Sullivan was the second Houston police officer murdered by a repeat offender let out of prison in just a few days. On Saturday, Houston Police Sgt. Christopher Brewster was responding to a domestic violence call when Arturo Solis, 25, allegedly shot him in cold blood. The police chief, Art Acevedo, who is a tool for the liberal political leadership of Houston, blamed the incident on guns and the NRA. But this case, like almost every other murder, is really about criminal control, not gun control.
Solis was convicted of domestic violence assault in 2015 and had charges and convictions for evading arrest, harassment, criminal mischief, and assault in the ensuing years. He barely served a day in jail. There is simply no deterrent for most criminals any more, because they all get probation and very few are held in jail pending the trial.
There has been a rash of police killings, often through premeditated ambush, this past week. Much as with civilian murders, they are all done by repeat offenders who barely served time. When will we finally see a party push true criminal justice reform for victims and law enforcement, as Reagan had envisioned? Boris Johnson ran strongly on a tough-on-crime platform and won big. President Trump ran on the same platform, but then signed a jailbreak bill that even Obama didn’t sign. Before passing a “second step” for criminal leniency, isn’t it time for the president to push a first-step criminal justice bill for victims of crime?
Author: Daniel Horowitz
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.