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Four officers cleared in shooting of Urquiza

There are 528 comments on the McKinney Courier-Gazette story from Feb 27, 2007, titled Four officers cleared in shooting of Urquiza. In it, McKinney Courier-Gazette reports that:

A Collin County grand jury returned no bill of indictment against four McKinney police officers involved in the shooting of a man accused of ordering a hit on another McKinney police officer.

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Texas Poet

United States

#1 Mar 1, 2007
Give me a break. Sounds more like this individual faced a firing squad. How does a grand jury "no bill" four killers with badges after shooting an individual in an obvious "gangland type killing?" Is this the same police department in a period of one year, had a female police officer shot a black professional woman through the door of her own home, where the officer in question admitted having her finger on the trigger of her service gun upon walking up to the door of the killed victims home during an alarm? Also was this the same McKinney Police Department that had three McKinney officers in a row charged with sexual misconduct before a minor. One married officer "doing his girlfriend" on the hood of his police car while a young girl child watched? All this while on duty no less. When are the citizens of McKinney going to wake up and get rid of our former Police Chief who is now the City manager of McKinney as well as our Current Police Chief and his band of reject police officers run out of Dallas that came to McKinney to work here and run our Police Department? McKinney, Texas....home of the worse police department in the great state of Texas! with a city council and mayor just as useless to the well being of our citizens. McKinney citizens, wake up and vote these bums outta here!
Nick

Frisco, TX

#2 Apr 14, 2007
The most telling thing about this case is the SWAT raid (why exactly did this require a SWAT team???)was suppossedly due to a plot to kill an MPD "officer". After shooting this guy many times and literally blowing his balls off - they add on 2 capital murder charges.

But does the Grand Jury indict him for a plot to kill a cop? NO. Seems that claim just couldn't be supported.

Did the Grand Jury indict him for 2 additional capital murder charges? NO. He didn't try to murder anybody.

What does he get indicted for? For assault upon a public servant. TRANSLATION: He tried to defend himself against unknown, masked intruders who threw grennades into his house, broke down the doors and shoot him to pieces.

These out of control psycopathic and cowardly (attacking citizens and their homes with military equipment???- what lame pussies) boys playing army - need to be put in jail.

I agree - people need to wake up. For great info on this topic go to www.the agitator.com and find out about the tons of innocent people who have been killed & maimed by these SWAT teams.
Natilie

Frisco, TX

#3 Apr 22, 2007
This is horrible!

One of our residents home is attacked military style with grenades and automatic weapons in the middle of the night.

And not one single charge these "police officers" used as a basis to ransack the persons house, HORRIBLY maim him and nearly kill him - not one - stands up in a Grand Jury Hearing?

The well worn saying in Collin County is "A GJ will indict a ham sandwich if the DA tells them to". NAd in the end all they indict him on is fighting back against masked intruders - who would fight for their life in this situation?

Something stinks to high heaven in the MPD. Anybody know when tis man will be tried in court. I would like to attend and document the whole case for submission to the news media.
Concerned Parent

Frisco, TX

#4 Apr 22, 2007
This is amazing! What judge would have signed a warrant which results in the use of a SWAT Team in a residential neighborhood??? I thought police were supposed to knock on the doors for warrants. Also aren't SWAT team supposed to ONLY be used for hostage or terrorist situations?

Aren't those weapons the same type our troops use in Iraq? I am very concerned as a parent - couldn't children or other innocent bystanders been killed?

I feel very sorry for this man and it seems apparent that our police department needs to be investigated - I smell a local "Watergate".
Get Real

Frisco, TX

#5 Apr 22, 2007
Judges in Collin County barely even read the warrants - they just are handed them, scan them ask no probing questions and sign them. All in seconds.

A North Collin County policeman who I took some self defense training from told me to my face "We are the good guys, because we're the cops. We know how to use the right words and fill out the right forms - anything we say is taken as fact." This was in conjunction in his statement about how when they pull over for instance a teenager who makes the mistake of saying his/her parent is a lawyer - then just make shit up and pile on the charges - he then chuckle quite hardily. That is the mentality you are dealing with - that combined with lazy judges and there you have it -
Grand Jury Huh

Frisco, TX

#6 Apr 22, 2007
Why didn't the Grand Jury or district attornies go after the cops involved?
Grand Jury Answer

Frisco, TX

#7 Apr 22, 2007
Because in Texas Grand Jury hearings are literally "secret meetings" (how wierd is that?). The only people in there are the DA's telling the jury why the accused should be indicted. Oh and in this case the cops would have been there - lying their asses off - and presenting the results of the police investigation (of themselves) which remarkably - always find the police did no wrong. That's why nothing gets done to the bad rogue police.

The shocking thing in this case - is that the GJ did not indict the shot up man with anything other than assault - said another way - trying to defend himself against people obviously from his perspective burgularizing his house and trying to kill him.

This tells me - the cops story and case against this man had to be ridiculously weak - in fact - unbelievable.

I just hope this guy files suit against the MPD and that the media picks up forcefully on this, yet another scandal involving the MPD.
What cops were involved

Frisco, TX

#8 Apr 25, 2007
We know one of the 4 was Jesse Garcia - who were the others "Cleared" of shooting the living daylights out of Urquiza.
Word has it his lawyer is hooking up with civil rights lawyers to file (yet another) lawsuit against the City and the good ole boy's in the McKinney PD. I'd bet that's about the 10th suit against these bozo's in the past 5 years for such outrages.
Kathryn Johnston Murder

Frisco, TX

#9 May 1, 2007
This series of blog comments sparked my curiosity. So I did some searches on the web and read various newspaper accounts.
The difference between what the McKinney Police stated in the original newspaper articles versus what has come out lately is startling. The Grand Jury DOES NOT indict the man on anything in the warrant.
This smells of the same lies, deception, oath breaking of "dirty cops" as was found in the Kathryn Johnston case in Atlanta. In that case THE COPS MURDERED an old black lady, planted drugs, fired 39 shots into her house in a residential neighborhood. The press originally did as usual - whatever the police said was fact. Now 3 SWAT cops have admitted to widespread, sanctioned, routine, corruption and are facing murder charges. Same as the Sean Bell case in New York.
It has been and is happening in McKinney people - we have dirty cops - Jesse Garcia's name keeps popping up for instance (beatings and shootings). Wake up people!Paraphrasing "Apollo 13" the great movie: "MCKINNEY, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!"
Sean Bell Etc

Frisco, TX

#10 May 1, 2007
I originally posted this in response to a different post - but it strongly applies here too:

The McKinney Police Force has a terrible and well deserved reputation. There is nothing "protect and serve" about them. Skin heads dressed in black behind mirrored sunglasses mainly - designed to intimidate.

Also notice they never disclose anything about their wrongdoings - if you ask for information they'll say we are investigating (forever)and despite your lawful right to know the information they just stonewall:

1. Ms. Hernandez - falsely arrested - yet they immediately went on TV saying they did nothing wrong and acted completely appropriately. They had to settle out of court (again)after a media frenzy.

2. Paul Woolsley - held in prsion for a least 3 days after the MPD admits knowing he was innocent - he later comitted suicide.

3. The 3 police officers who resigned after being caught for sexually molestation of children on duty

4. The head of botched/unsolved quad murder - caught STEALING evidence and property such as rifle scopes - but not prosecuted - because according to the MPD own release "they don't need any MORE negative publicity". Etc. Etc. Etc.

We need a Citizens Council with teeth and subpoena power to oversee this crappy department and to see they are fully prosecuted when they (continually) screw up and then cover up.

This department in my opinion, is ROTTEN from the head to the toe.

And again - according to a prominent McKinney law firm the McKinney Police are being (again) investigated by the FBI (whether they know it, or acknowledge it, or not).

We are a well educated, generally "well to do" community. Why do we allow these apparantely deviant bullies to remain in our community? Why do we allow them to prey on our less "well to do" citizens?

Why do we allow the hiring of rejects (including the police chief) from other police departments - I mean come on - what's up with that?

We have the power - if we only have the gumption to seize it and throw these bums out and/or into jail where they belong.

By not educating yourselves and demanding excellence - you are only putting off the day when these arrogant, illiterate morons trample upon your rights or those of your neighbors.

And besides - there are good POLICE OFFICERS, I capitalized that name out of respect for them. But they have families to feed too and none of them seem to have the guts to stand up and rid us of the McKinney "bad cop vermin".

If there are any McKinney POLICE OFFICERS out there - speak up - your community will support you.

Stand Up!
Lives Here too

Frisco, TX

#11 May 4, 2007
When the truth comes out about what these four officers apparently did, I hope Mr. Urquiza's lawyer will help him by filing a suit against the McKinny Police.

We have already seen in the paper accounts how NOTHING this man was set upon by these guys and in the warrant turned out to be true. If it was why did the Grand Jury not indict him for any of it.? And they brought in a SWAT Team to blast the hell out of this poor man!

Will the Collin County District Attorneys office go after these seemingly crimminal cops if what seems to be apparent is, in fact, true?

Doubtful. My bet is even though this poor man was apparently nearly murdered and certainly was horribly maimed - the police officers will just be - at worst - allowed to quit.

Look at all the other cases of McKinney Police Malfeasence - which one of the many cops/crimminals are in jail???

It sure would be nice if McKinney cops were held to at LEAST the same standards as the rest of us are. They should be held to HIGHER standards actually - but that would be way too much to expect....
Grand Juries Spoon Fed

Frisco, TX

#12 May 4, 2007
Here's another mystery.
The cops are self investigated for the shooting of this guy and that "evidence" is presented to the GJ by the DA with nothing to contradict or question.
So, the GJ (who are good people not idiots) are spoon fed and make idiotic decisions , based on the the spin they are fed.
All the cops have to say is "we felt in danger, blah, blah", and so we were justified in blowing the daylights out of this man.(Never mind the fact that the cops CREATED the danger).
The REAL question is different: WHY DID THE MCKINNEY POLICE, BASED ON APPARENTLY FAULTY INFORMATION FROM ONE "INFORMANT" SEND IN A SWAT TEAM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO THIS GUY'S HOUSE ..... BASHING DOWN DOORS, THROWING HAND GRENADES AND SHOOTING?
If you were awoken by such a disturbance you would yourself and your family - actually under the law (recently strengthened) that is exactly what you should/can do.
The McKinney police have a little documented habit of busting in peoples doors and throwing in "flash-bang" concussion grenades and in the middle of those explosions mumble the word "police" and then claim the person whom they just attacked military style should have known it was the police and should not have fought back.
And remember these little porcine fake-military guys are all dressed in black, wearing ski maskes etc.
What would you do? Would you not try to protect yopurself, your wife, your children from unknown masked intruders???
The GJ should have indicted these cops for being "yellow bellied" fake military guys preying on citizens with machine guns and bombs and violating the contitution of the US.
Keep watching and notice the McKinney Police use this kind of force on indiviuals who can't protect themselves. Have you ever seen these PUSSIES use the Play army against the mafia, real drug lords, real gangs? NO. That would be using the appropriate amount of force, under the law, to terminate the threat.
These guys are just little crimminal pussies hiding behind their tarnished badges. REMEBER WHAT SWAT ARE FOR - and then look at what McKinney SWAT is really used for. Then ask yourself why are your tax dollars being completely wasted so these pussies can play army.
Disband McKinney SWAT and tell them to go to the paint ball range to play army - and on their own nickle.
McKinney Police Suit

Frisco, TX

#13 May 8, 2007
Here are the names of the cops who the Grand Jury did not indict:

McKinney police officers Cpl. Joel Purser, Chad Barker, Sgt. Jason Norton and Cpl. Jesse Garcia.

They also refused to indict Guillermo Urquiza on the charge McKinney police stated in their warrant against Guillermo Urquiza.

What does that say about the sorry state of the investigative techniques used by the McKinney Police Department???? Actually it doesn't sound like they did much of an investigation at all.

It doesn't appear that they had probable cause. Maybe "reasonable suspicion" - which should have caused them to do more investigation.

But instead they shot this guy to pieces, and endanger other people's lives with a military attack.

How about doing what the McKinney Sheriff's Department does? I know it is low tech and not nearly as much fun as blowing stuff up - but they simply knock on the door when they serve a warrant...

Actually the attack by the MPD SWAT is simply a cowardly attack against the population of our city.

I agree McKinney SWAT is a dangerous and unnecessary waste of our taxes.

Send them all off to Iraq and let's just see how "big and brave" they actually are being in a military situation and up against other soldiers - instead of McKinney citizens.


Sounds ripe for yet another lawsuit against the MPD.
Kayeway

Dallas, TX

#14 May 9, 2007
And two of these guys are at the helm of the McKinney Police Association as well. What gives?
McKinney Police Suit wrote:
Here are the names of the cops who the Grand Jury did not indict:
McKinney police officers Cpl. Joel Purser, Chad Barker, Sgt. Jason Norton and Cpl. Jesse Garcia.
They also refused to indict Guillermo Urquiza on the charge McKinney police stated in their warrant against Guillermo Urquiza.
What does that say about the sorry state of the investigative techniques used by the McKinney Police Department???? Actually it doesn't sound like they did much of an investigation at all.
It doesn't appear that they had probable cause. Maybe "reasonable suspicion" - which should have caused them to do more investigation.
But instead they shot this guy to pieces, and endanger other people's lives with a military attack.
How about doing what the McKinney Sheriff's Department does? I know it is low tech and not nearly as much fun as blowing stuff up - but they simply knock on the door when they serve a warrant...
Actually the attack by the MPD SWAT is simply a cowardly attack against the population of our city.
I agree McKinney SWAT is a dangerous and unnecessary waste of our taxes.
Send them all off to Iraq and let's just see how "big and brave" they actually are being in a military situation and up against other soldiers - instead of McKinney citizens.
Sounds ripe for yet another lawsuit against the MPD.
Kayeway

Dallas, TX

#15 May 9, 2007
And ttow od the COPSlisted are at the helm of the McKinney Police Association as well?
Kayeway

Dallas, TX

#16 May 9, 2007
And two of the COPS you listed are on the board of the McKinney police Association too?
Perhaps Perjury

Frisco, TX

#17 May 9, 2007
Search the web for all news accounts of this incident and watch how the MPD's story keeps changing.

Just one example of changes from April 2006 until now is Randy Roland's account of where the swat guys were when they started shooting:

a)"as they approached the house"

b)"as they were at the front door"

c)"in a hallway"

Also note the MPD completely leaves out the parts about simultaneously smashing in the front and rear doors AND tossing "Flash Bang" grenades into the house - all this in the middle of the night. Urquiza could not have seen or heard anything - he was blinded and deafened.

I sure as hell would have thought I was being robbed and would have defended myself and family - as the state's Castle Law allows you to do. In fact, that law was just STRENGTHENED to extend your right to protect yourself to your car, RV, Boat or whatever.

Note that Urquiza's lawyer states his client was shot in his bedroom on his bed.
I hope the defense saved things like the matress and documented the bloodstains and ballistics. My guess is an attorney is not going to go on record with this information unless he has proof.

Hmmm... where would that put the cops accounts.....? I think perjury and conspiracy to cover up are pretty serious crimes for a cop to commit.

I smell perjury - and unfortunately, I smell our taxes going up to pay for damages......
ConcernedCitizen

United States

#18 May 9, 2007
Until the biggest City Manager loser in the Country, Larry Robinson is canned out of this town, nothing will ever change in bringing forth a McKinney Police Department, that we can all be proud of.
Perhaps Perjury

Frisco, TX

#19 May 9, 2007
Or until bad, lying cops are exposed, put in jail and the MPD and City loose their asses in damages. It will be interesting to see what the truth really is. But some things seem clear - the MPD either can't or just won't investigate their way out of a wet paper bag and Mckinney SWAT apparently tried to kill this guy. My belief is they f*cked up (their story is just not believable) and now they are covering up.
you there

New Ulm, MN

#20 May 10, 2007
i think collin county need to get some real people in the court system to know what the hell they are doing they are stelling kids away from good caring parents. every body watch your loved ones i sure did i got the hell out of texas and i have my family back. plus added more to it also.
caring mother

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