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1998-12-03

Houston Police Storm Home Without Warrant, Shoot Man Multiple Times: A Talk with His Family

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On the night of July 11th this year, six Houston police officers burst into the house of Pedro Oregon, a Mexican immigrant, soccer coach and father of two, and unleashed a barrage of 21 shots, striking him nine times in the back, twice in the head and once through his left hand. Oregon died on his bedroom floor.

Acting on a tip from a drug informant, the officers, who were part of an anti-gang task force, forced their way into Oregon’s apartment without a search warrant in violation of police department regulations, as well as state and federal law. No drugs were found in the apartment, and the police were never able to produce any evidence that Oregon had ever been involved in the drug trade, or committed any illegal acts.

Guests:

  • Susana Oregon, Sister of Pedro Oregon.
  • Paul Nugent, Attorney who represents the Oregon family, and who represented them throughout the grand jury proceedings.
  • Steve Sanders, President of Houston Police Patrolmans Union.

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