“I immediately know that something’s hinky with the ticket,” Jerry said.
That’s because the ticket-writing officer listed another HPD officer as a witness.
“There was no other officer, he was the only officer there,” Jerry said.
What he didn’t know at the time, is what the I-Team has now uncovered through a paper trail of records–dozens of cases where HPD officers listed witnessing officers on tickets–who were never there.
It was all to allegedly collect hefty overtime checks by later appearing in traffic court..
“Just to remind you just like any other citizen, they’re innocent until proven guilty,” said Ray Hunt, President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.
Hunt said the Union is prepared to offer legal representation to Officers Gregory Rosa, Robert Manzanales and John Garcia. The three have been relieved of duty and reassigned to desk jobs while an internal affairs investigation proceeds.
A fourth officer under investigation, Rudolph Farias, shot and killed himself Tuesday afternoon in a police parking garage near downtown.