April 2020

In this issue:

Editorial: HPD reflects Houston’s racially diverse population

Tom Kennedy, Editor

LET’S TAKE TIME OUT FROM ALL THE CORONAVIRUS WOES TO celebrate the racial diversity of the Houston Police Department. For quite a few years now HPD has been considered a “majority minority” department, a marked contrast to the Houston Blue of the 1970s, 1980s and, of course, the years following World War II, when most Read More Read more

Union going full force to provide sanitizers, masks and other health safety needs to protect HPD officers from Covid-19

Joe Gamaldi, President

Since our last issue of the Badge and Gun, our city, our state, our entire country have been turned upside down as a result of the coronavirus/Covid-19. Not a minute goes by that it isn’t being discussed on the news, social media, around the station or at home with your families. We at the HPOU Read More Read more

Killer of 2 HPD Officers Gets Swift Justice: ‘The Chair’ 69 Days Later

Nelson Zoch, Contributor

EOW: September 20, 1930 In the fall of 1930, the United States of America was less than a year into the Great Depression. The economy had taken a serious blow in October 1929 and times were tough everywhere, with businesses uncertain of what the future held for their livelihood. Cash money was scarce. Most Americans Read More Read more


Editorial Staff

BARRIOS Mrs. Herminia Barrios passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the age of 91. She is the mother of Retired Sergeant Ruben V. Barrios and grandmother of Sergeant Ruben D. Barrios, assigned to the North Division. Services were held March 18 with burial in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. BONDS Read More Read more

Getting COVID Out of Your Head

Lisa Garmezy, Psych Services

In the midst of a global crisis, we strive for gratitude, kindness and hope. Coping without falling apart means directing our attention to what we have instead of what we don’t have (that would be toilet paper). It means cutting each other some slack and watching our tone of voice. It means focusing on the Read More Read more

Calf scrambler’s exhibit at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo canceled due to the pandemic

Editorial Staff

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A special thank you from Officer Cedell Lovings

Editorial Staff

Thank you for the outpouring of love support shown through the fundraising efforts and the mere presence of so many at the Buffalo Bayou Brewery. There are so many to thank. To each of the vendors, the venue, the organizers and all of the attendees: a big thank you for your time, dedication and donations. Read More Read more

DA Candidate Huffman would change Harris County’s image by seeking tougher sentences, less probation

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Harris County district attorney candidate Mary Nan Huffman believes today’s habitual criminals want to stay in Harris County because they know it’s easier to get probated sentences. A one-time Montgomery County prosecutor accustomed to seeking longer sentences for aggravated offenses, Huffman strives to bring small town justice to the big city. Huffman is one of Read More Read more

The Biography of Mary Nan Huffman, Republican candidate for District Attorney

Mary Nan Huffman is the experienced choice for Harris County. She’s a mom, not a politician and a smart tough prosecutor. She is uniquely positioned to return the rule of law to Harris County and rebuild a broken and dysfunctional district attorney’s office and restore predictability and dependability. We deserve better than what they’re getting Read More Read more

The sergeant is a playwright! Rhonda scores a sellout hit with presentations of her first play When Love Finds You

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The debut of Sgt. Rhonda Williams’ first play, When Love Finds You, drew sell-out crowds for both performances on March 13 and 14 at the Ensemble Theater on South Main. Not only that but this rookie playwright earned herself rave reviews, not only from Empower magazine but also a number of those in attendance, prompting Read More Read more

Investigator of the Month who thwarted burglary ring described by Gamaldi as resembling Wyatt Earp in presence, achievements

Editorial Staff

You might say Officer Greg Shelton knew how to use a Nintendo game to solve at least four burglaries and result in the recovery of 12 stolen firearms. The Union recognized Shelton as the Investigator of the Month in its March general membership meeting. Indeed, HPOU President Joe Gamaldi had some good-natured fun by suggesting Read More Read more

HPOU recognizes Westside Patrol Officers R. Smith and J. Duncan For their effective response to a life-threatening knifing incident

Editorial Staff

Officers Ryan Smith and John Duncan, riding a Westside Patrol unit, viewed the serious knifing of an assault victim and proceeded to apprehend the two suspects involved in a chaotic patrol scene last September. For their dutiful response to the chaos HPOU awarded the two officers its Patrol Officers of the Month recognition as part Read More Read more

Officer Hector Cardenas recognized as Officer of the Month for his quick actions needed to save the life of a wounded male

Editorial Staff

HPOU honored Clear Lake Patrol Officer Hector Cardenas as Patrol Officer of the Month for his quick-thinking actions to save the life of a twice-wounded male last September. The recognition came in the Union’s March general membership meeting. Cardenas was dispatched to a residence where he found the victim of a shooting to have been Read More Read more

ATO and Buffalo Bayou Brewery develop productive community team in Lovings benefit, bound to one day strike again for good

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Houstonians love Houston’s finest! There has been ample proof of this adage the past few years in neighborhoods all around the Bayou City. Yet another example unfolded Feb. 2 during the highly successful fundraiser for Officer Cedell Lovings, who is recovering from a serious wound in the line of duty. Lovings’ fellow officers, led by Officer Read More Read more

Fun, exciting HPOU bowling night prompts participating families to plead: ‘When are we going to do this again?’

Editorial Staff

The family-oriented Houston Police Officers Union held yet another successful family night of fun at Del Mar Lanes where about 150 HPOU members and their families knocked down the pins. “The families were excited!” event coordinator Rhonda Williams said. “Everyone was asking when we’re doing it again. They thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great Read More Read more