Whitman Liu in a photo with HPD chief Art Acevedo

Whitman Liu is a veteran police officer at HPD but found himself dumping his entire Facebook page Sunday evening after he posted what some consider a racist and an offensive comment.

Liu chimed in on another person’s post where the issue of the Confederacy was the topic of discussion. 

When the HPD officer wrote his comment he made it clear he had some very negative opinions about African Americans. 

We’re talking about opinions that would leave anyone of color who is pulled over by the officer nervous because of his mind set.

Liu’s comment lingered on Facebook until I (The Factor) reached out to him to positively identify him as a Houston police officer. 

After that gesture and message to Liu he issued an apology and dumped his own Facebook page. 

Ray Hunt with the Houston Police Officers’  Union tells The Factor Liu is very sorry about what he posted and he realized just how hurtful his comments were after reaching out to some of his friends of color. 

I have included his comments below as well as his apology. 

What do you think? 

Liu’s apology

J. Long on the red carpet

The cast of Evolved

J. Long interview with Isiah Carey before video

Houston rapper Alias Music aka Mr. Whatever

Red Carpet

Dozens of people showed up to District Theater in Webster Sunday afternoon to witness the debut of the new music video from R&B artist J. Long.

The former member of Pretty Ricky released the song ‘Evolved’ along with its companion video to the public at a an exclusive red carpet premiere.

J. Long says he was excited to show his family and fans his latest production which was shot in Arkansas and directed by Lazreal Lison.

It details the relationship between a married wealthy socialite and her butler.

The song Evolved can be purchased on all streaming platforms including as iTunes and Google Music. 

It was a special day for Fox 26 anchor Melinda Spaulding in Houston Friday night.

The veteran journalist is retiring from news and taking a position at Texas Southern University.

Spaulding wants to spend more time with her husband and children that’s why she vacated her anchor chair. 

Dozens of of her colleagues and friends showed up to wish her a fond farewell at the Buffalo Soldiers’ Museum.

Here are some of the pics I snapped at the event.

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City of Houston Responding to Flooding. City Services on Normal Schedule
HOUSTON – The City of Houston is responding to flooding throughout the area, and is urging residents to take precautions if they plan on traveling this morning.

Current Conditions
Due to torrential rainfall overnight, there are multiple areas of high water throughout the City, primarily on the west side of Houston. In addition, multiple flood warnings are in effect for some creeks and bayous in the city, including:

White Oak Bayou & Heights Boulevard
Rummel Creek & Brittmore (I-10 & W Sam Houston Pkwy)
Briar Branch & Campbell (Spring Branch)
Halls Bayou & Airline
Greens Bayou & US-59
Greens Bayou & Ley Road
Keegans Bayou & Keegan Road
Keegans Bayou & Roark Road
Brickhouse Gully & Costa Rica (34th & US-290)
Horsepen Creek & Trailside
South Mayde Creek & Greenhouse Road

Houston Transtar is reporting 16 areas of high water on highways throughout the area, primarily on frontage roads along I-45 the North Freeway and the West Sam Houston Tollway.

Houston remains under a Flash Flood Warning until 7:30am, which means dangerous flash flooding is still occurring.

City Services

As of 6:00am, all City services are on normal schedule, and City employees are expected to report as scheduled.
If a City employee is unable to report to work due to hazardous weather conditions, they are asked to contact their supervisor.


On 07/20/2017, detectives with the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office executed a search and arrest warrant a popular Montgomery County horse rising facility. 

Detectives determined through the course of their investigation that Michael Hogan, had committee the offense of Sexual Assault of a Child. The victim was one of Hogan’s riding students that he taught while working as a trainer at the Triple H Horse Farm located at 816 Chateau Woods Pkwy Drive, Conroe, TX 77385. 

Multiple agencies assisted in the search warrant that took place at the horse farm. At this time detectives believe that Hogan may have multiple other possible victims. Anyone with information in regards to this matter is asked to contact the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constables Office @ 281-364-4211.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the 2002 murder ofDennis Matlock and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible, if the tip is received before next month’s featured case is announced.

 

On Jan. 16, 2002, Dennis Matlock was found deceased in his residence in Reklaw, a small town near Rusk in Cherokee County. An autopsy revealed Dennis died from a combination of injuries, including blunt force and stab wounds. Matlock, 44, was a long-time resident of Cherokee County and is survived by his mother, as well as extended family in the Cherokee County area.  No arrests have been made. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating.

 

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).  All tips are anonymous.

Jason Froyd

Crime Stoppers and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigator’s need the public’s help identifying the suspect responsible for a Hit and Run-Failure to Stop and Render Aid, in Harris County, Texas.


On July 1, 2017, Harris County Deputies responded to an Auto/Pedestrian accident located in the 34000 block of US 290. The victim was standing outside of the vehicle of another crash, attempting to slow down traffic, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound in the left lane of traffic. The vehicle that struck the victim left the scene without rendering aid. 

The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a 2012 to 2017, silver Toyota Camry, or a Toyota Corolla.

The victim: Jason Froyd is currently in a coma and is possibly paralyzed.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

HCSO Case #HC-170105231 Hit and Run/FSRA

​On July 12, 2017 a Montgomery County jury found defendant Jeremy Miller, 34, guilty of the 3rd degree felony offense Retaliation Against a Public Servant, at the conclusion of a two-day trial in the 359th District Court, with Judge Kathleen Hamilton presiding.  On Wednesday, Judge Hamilton sentenced Miller to 15 years in prison after hearing evidence of his lengthy criminal history and additional aggravating conduct.  

The jury heard evidence that on October 4, 2016, Miller was arrested in Conroe for Public Intoxication. During the arrest, Miller told the officers “I will kill” and repeated threats that he intended to kill motorists by placing objects in the road way. On the way to the jail, his threats escalated against the officer when he threated to kill her and rape her children in front of her.  

Assistant District Attorney Bradlee Thornton presented evidence that in February of 2017, Miller had posted the same threats against the officer on his Facebook page. The Jury returned a guilty verdict against Jeremy Miller after only 6 minutes of deliberations. 

During the punishment phase of trial, Thornton also presented evidence that Jeremy Miller had been convicted twice of attempted retaliation along with numerous assaults and other violent offenses. Miller had also been previously sentenced to 5 years in prison for an Assault Family Violence with previous convictions.
Prosecutor Bradlee Thornton: “A police officer’s job is difficult enough as it is.  No officer should have to undergo repeated threats to themselves or their family for simply doing the job they were sworn to do.  This defendant’s conduct is exactly why we have laws protecting police officers from threats and retaliation.”  

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the assault of a woman at 10100 South Gessner about 11:20 p.m. on Monday (July 10).  

The suspects, Jasmine Thomas (b/f, 27) and Regina Banks (b/f, 46), are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 208th State District Court.  

Photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.  

The victim, Tonita Brooks, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.  

HPD Major Assaults Unit Sergeant J. Dodson and Officers A. Ferrell and Ana Hernandez reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to an assault call at the above address and found HFD paramedics providing medical assistance to Ms. Brooks.  An initial investigation determined she had been struck with a hammer.  Brooks was then transported to the hospital.  

Further investigation determined two female suspects (Banks and Thomas) got into an argument with Brook and then assaulted her.  Brooks’ mother witnessed the assault and, armed with a hammer, went to help her daughter.  The suspects managed to disarm the mother and struck Brooks with the hammer several times.  Both suspects were detained at the scene and subsequently charged.