Texas Governor Pushes 'No Bail For Cop Killers' Law

Sandy Malone

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promised to propose legislation that would deny bail to suspects accused of killing an officer.

By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin

Austin, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he will propose a law where there is “no bail for cop killers.”

The governor’s assertion followed what occurred over the bail for the suspect who ran down Nassau Bay Police Sergeant Kaila Sullivan on Dec. 10, KXAN reported.

Sgt. Sullivan was killed as she and another officer tried to take 21-year-old Tavores Henderson into custody on a domestic violence warrant during a traffic stop.

Henderson fled the scene and hid nearby for two days before he was captured by police and arrested.

He subsequently confessed to having killed Sgt. Sullivan, according to police.

Henderson said he knew that the sergeant was still partially inside his jeep when he hit the accelerator and ran her over, KHOU reported.

A magistrate initially set bond for Henderson at $150,000 for the murder of Sgt. Sullivan despite the fact that the suspect was also facing multiple charges in other jurisdictions from preexisting cases.

"Mr. Henderson, in the murder case I’m setting your bond at $150,000,” the magistrate said, according to KHOU. “That’s taking into account that you have a felony bond pending that you forfeited which means you didn’t show up for court, which is now set at zero. And you have a new misdemeanor charge for assaulting a family member…[and] out of Galveston County for attempted theft where the judge has set that bond at $20,000.”

The fact that the murder suspect was afforded such a low bond on a murder charge outraged many law enforcement officials and the Texas governor.

“The bail reform I pushed last session would prevent cop killers like this from getting out. Liberals prevented it from passing. I’ll continue to advance laws that protect law enforcement & keep dangerous killers off the street. #BackTheBlue” the governor tweeted.

“[Shaking my head] in disbelief,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. “A Police Sgt dead, suspect on the run for couple days, my team and our law enforcement partners do a phenomenal job locating & taking him into custody without incident- I simply do not understand his initial bond set at $150,000.”

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called the low bond “outrageous.”

“This coward who took the life of a hero & poses a clear & present danger to community & the people we serve,” Chief Acevedo tweeted. “Bail decisions need to be made on the basis of risk to [public] safety & of flight.”

But then on Friday, a Harris County judge ordered no bond for the capital murder charges against Henderson, the [Houston Chronicle](https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/outrage-nassau-bay-cop-killer-bond-HPD-14904021.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Desktop%29&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral) reported.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office defended the lower bond that was initially set by claiming there was never a concern that Henderson would be released because he was being held without bond on other prior charges, KHOU reported.

Abbott tweeted his happiness about the change in bond status and promised to bring back his bail reform legislation.

“This is an excellent course correction. There should be no bail for Cop killers. Period. I’ll propose this law next session. #BackTheBlue #txlege,” the governor tweeted.

House Bill 2020 never got out of the Texas State Senate but Abbott has pledged to work with legislators before the next session to draft new legislation, KXAN reported.

Comments (25)
whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

Yay ! House Bill 2020. Kudos Gov. Abbott !!!

“The bail reform I (Abbott) pushed last session would prevent cop killers like this from getting out. Liberals prevented it from passing. I’ll continue to advance laws that protect law enforcement & keep dangerous killers off the street.

#BackTheBlue” the governor tweeted.

House Bill 2020 never got out of the Texas State Senate but Abbott has pledged to work with legislators before the next session to draft new legislation, KXAN reported.

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whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

“This is an excellent course correction. There should be no bail for Cop killers. Period.

I’ll propose this law next session. #BackTheBlue #txlege,” the governor tweeted.

Marxest
Marxest

Oh man, I'm totally against that. Before the white nationalists rise up against me, let me clarify my reasoning. Governor Abbott wants to give more preferential treatment to officers and leave regular civilians behind? That's bad form. Regular civilians are murdered with more regularity than police officers. Anyone charged with first degree murder, regardless of who the victim is, should have very restricted bail or no bail at all. More special treatment for police officers will only breed resentment against them (resentment and violence against police is already alarmingly high) it won't discourage violence against police officers. Judges are already predisposed to revoking the bail of individual charged with murdering/ manslaughter and assaulting an officer of the law. This proposed law is not a step in the right direction.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

this so called bail reform will not pass! we have a right to bail. and NO it is because of what this POS did or didn't do! it is oblivious that the snowflakes here have forgotten the whole innocent until proven guilty thing! unless it is a cop that that got charged for something! then it's don't jump to occlusions or wait for the whole story to come out.

LynnSB
LynnSB

You ignorant SOB you know I think that maybe you should lose your protection detail and they should have available when you go anywhere in the state or any other state for that matter let’s see how long you survive idiot

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#conlaw

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

MY OPINION.....NO BAIL FOR ANYONE committing ANY murder.....whither it is a cop killer or a civilian....maybe I would agree if it read....NO TRIAL, AUTOMATIC DEATH PENALTY FOR KNOWN COP KILLERS.....If they confess they did it...DON'T WASTE TIME AND MONEY ON A TRIAL....EXECUTE IMMEDIATELY BY FIRING SQUADE IN THE TOWN SQUARE!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

No bail for cop killers!👍

Patriot63
Patriot63

Cop killer's need to be held without bail. If convicted only the death penalty should be enforced. Being released with or without bail once released the chances of them showing up is slim to none. The chances of theme committing a crime even the chances of killing another Cop those risks are very high.

ChristopherMarlowe
ChristopherMarlowe

When the Government proves by clear and convincing evidence that an arrestee presents an identified and articulable threat to an individual or the community, we believe that, consistent with the Due Process Clause, a court may disable the arrestee from executing that threat. US v Salerno, 481 U.S. 739 (1987)

LivesMatter
LivesMatter

I believe the bail in this case was too low but the right to receive a bail judgement is paramount. The judge could have used a lip-flick from his Dad for the poor decision.


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