Mayor’s Task Force on Policing Reforms Releases Recommendations

Oct 1, 2020

 Mayor’s Task Force on Policing Reform Releases Recommendations
HOUSTON – The Mayor’s Task Force on Policing Reform today released a highly anticipated 153-page report with a list of recommendations proposed by the 45 member citizen group.Led by Chairman Larry Payne, the task force spent months listening to Houstonians and organizations about the type and kind of police department they desire and demand. The task force engaged in extensive research on issues and best practices around the country and received more than 7,000 responses from a community survey. 

“In the events of recent months, it is clear in Houston and across the nation that our community, mayor, city council, police chief, officers, and the union must all work together to protect and serve the constitutional rights of all citizens,” Chairman Payne wrote in the report’s introduction. The recommendations are divided into six categories: Community Policing, Independent Oversight, Power dynamics, Crisis Intervention, Field Readiness, and Clear Expectations.”We have worked hard on this being a document that is not going to sit on a shelf. It has actionable items that can be implemented,” Payne said. “We are also going to stay committed to the mayor. As a task force, we are not going away.”The 104 recommendations are available online. (Click the image below.)Mayor Turner said he plans to take time to thoroughly review the report before making decisions about implementing any or all of the task force’s recommendations.

“I know people in our community recognize the importance of our police officers, want good policing, accountability, and transparency within the Houston Police Department,” said Mayor Turner. “This is a transformational moment for our city as we seek to improve how policing is done in our community in a time when people are calling for reform and demanding we address racial and social injustices.
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Mayor Turner Signs Executive Order Authorizing HPD Use of Cite and Release Program

Oct 1, 2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner Authorizes Cite and Release ProgramProgram allows officers to issue tickets for low-level offenses instead of making arrests
HOUSTON –  Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29, Houston Police officers will be able to issue citations instead of arresting individuals for certain Class A and Class B misdemeanors. Mayor Sylvester Turner signed Executive Order No. 1-68 Monday afternoon, authorizing the City of Houston to join Harris County’s Cite and Release Program.The Cite and Release policy is expected to help reduce the jail population for non-violent offenders, reduce the amount of time police officers spend on jail processing procedures, and improve response times by getting officers back into service more quickly.
The following Class A and B misdemeanors are eligible for tickets instead of jail time: Possession of a controlled substance, if the controlled substance is four ounces or lessCriminal Mischief, if the amount of pecuniary loss is $100 or more but less than $750Graffiti, if the amount of pecuniary loss is $100 or more but less than $2500Theft, if the value of the property stolen is $100 or more but less than $750Theft of Service, if the value of the service stolen is $100 or more but less than $750Contraband in a Correctional Facility, if the offense is a Class B misdemeanorDriving with an invalid license”Cite and Release is a more humane way to handle low-level offenders because the program allows them to face responsibility for their actions without the stain of an arrest or serving jail time,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “It is the equivalent of being given a second chance on the spot, as long as the suspected offender meets the requirements for Cite and Release and complies with the rules.”The Houston Police Department’s Class C Policy is currently being revised in consideration of the new Cite and Release policy.”This is not a matter of getting soft on crime. It’s about getting smart on crime,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said. “The Cite and Release program is a long time coming and long overdue. It is something we are very proud to implement.”Mayor Turner acknowledged Houston City Council Member Abbie Kamin, Chair of the Council Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, who could not attend Monday’s news conference because of the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur. The mayor also thanked the five City Council Members who sent him a list of recommendations on policing reforms, including Cite and Release.”This is a great day in the City of Houston. On behalf of my city council colleagues, activists, and organizations that have worked on policing reforms, we are moving in the right direction. We all agree that Cite and Release is a policy that we can live with and something Houstonians deserve. This is a great step forward for policing reforms and the City,” said Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Castex Tatum. 

Judson Robinson, CEO and President of the Houston Area Urban League also spoke in favor of Cite and Release.Mayor Turner also said the objective of implementing Cite and Release is to achieve a measurable change in how Houston Police offers are handling low-level offenses. Therefore, the Executive Order also clarifies that the Houston Police Department will track and report the data on citations issued under this program.
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Oct 1, 2020
Photo by Leo Wilson / Premier Boxing Champions
ORANGE, CA (September 28, 2020) – Former super bantamweight world champion, Danny Roman (28-3-1, 10 KOs), has his sights on challenging newly crowned WBC Champion Luis Nery (31-0, 24 KOs) after his recent unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Payano (21-4, 9 KOs). Roman defeated Payano by scores of 116-112 across the board in a WBC title elimination bout, putting him next in line to challenge Nery, who defeated previously unbeaten Aaron Alameda (25-1, 13 KOs) by way of a twelve round unanimous decision, to capture the vacant WBC belt.
“After defeating Payano, my focus has shifted to challenging Luis Nery for the WBC title.” said Roman, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. “I am now the mandatory challenger to fight Nery and I believe that fight can be made easily, since we are both fighting on SHOWTIME with the PBC. Luis Nery is a true warrior, as am I, and I’ll be ready to fight him anytime, anywhere. Nery is a very gifted fighter and I think that fight will be fan friendly with both of us leaving everything in the ring.”
In addition, Roman has unfinished business to settle with IBF/WBA champion, Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6 KOs) after he lost a close split decision in their world championship bout that took place in January of this year. Roman relinquished his IBF and WBA titles that night.
“I want a rematch with Murodjon Akhmadaliev as I believe I won that fight,” Roman continued. “When you fight champion for his titles, you must win convincingly, and I don’t think Akhmadaliev did enough that night, but the judges thought differently. I graciously took the defeat with class, but it didn’t feel right. I want to avenge my loss.”
Lastly, if a fight cannot be made with Nery or Akhmadaliev, Roman wants WBO champion, Angelo Leo (20-9 KOs). In his last bout, Leo captured the vacant WBO world title with a dominating performance against previously undefeated contender, Tramaine Williams (19-1, 6 KOs).
“Angelo Leo, who holds the WBO title, is the other world champion that I want to challenge,” Roman concluded. “Leo is another great fighter that brings excitement each time he fights, and I know if we go to battle, it will be an explosive fight. Before my loss to Akhmadaliev, I was unbeaten for six years. I’m ready to become a world champion once again.”
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Oct 1, 2020


INDIO, California 22 de septiembre de 2020.—Jaime Munguía (35-0, 28 nocáuts), el estrella tijuanense de las 160 libras, realizará su gran retorno al cuadrilátero cuando defienda su título Intercontinental mediano OMB ante el peligroso Tureano Johnson (21-2-1, 15 nocáuts) en un explosivo duelo a 12 episodios el 30 de octubre desde el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. El combate será transmitido en vivo exclusivamente por la plataforma DAZN.              Información adicional de esta función se anunciará en breve. El evento estará cerrado para el público y los medios.             “Jaime Munguía tiene todas las cualidades para ser el siguiente gran estrella de México”, afirmó Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Es fuerte, carismático y tiene el físico para ganar campeonatos mundiales en peso mediano y supermediano tras su exitosa campaña en las 154 libras. Sin embargo, Tureano Johnson viene de un impresionante nocaut ante Jason Quigley en el que le proporcionó su primera derrota al joven irlandés, algo que definitivamente quiere hacer también contra Munguía. Esta es una verdadera pelea de encrucijada, y el ganador fortalecerá su caso para obtener una oportunidad titular y será una amenaza para cualquiera de los campeones”, aseveró.             Munguía es un contendiente de 23 años de edad quien se catapultó a los niveles más altos de la división superwelter luego de noquear al olímpico estadounidense Sadam “World Kid” Ali para capturar la corona mundial superwelter OMB. El aguerrido púgil mexicano defendió después el título frente a peleadores como Liam “Beefy” Smith, Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook, Takeshi Inoue, Dennis Hogan y Patrick Allotey. Tras cinco defensas en peso superwelter, Munguía subió a 160 libras para capturar el cetro Intercontinental mediano OMB ante Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, y ahora se enfrentará a la prueba más difícil de su carrera ante Johnson.             “Es un gran honor estar de regreso durante estos tiempos difíciles,” afirmó Jaime Munguía. “Espero brindarles a los aficionados gran emoción y entretenimiento mientras el mundo empieza a regresar a la normalidad. Por otro lado, he estado entrenando y mejorando mis habilidades en el Centro Ceremonial Otomí con mi equipo, y voy a mostrarles que Jaime Munguía está listo para los mejores de la división”, puntualizó.             “Estoy contento y emocionado”, afirmó Fernando Beltrán, Jefe Ejecutivo de Zanfer Promotions. “Con tantos problemas que están pasando al nivel global, es un honor poder hacer posible el regreso del boxeador más carismático de México en Jaime Munguía”, aseveró.             Johnson es un contendiente de 36 años de edad quien espera combatir por un campeonato mundial a pesar de algunos retrasos en su carrera. Las únicas derrotas que ha sufrido fueron ante Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens y Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko. Después de una pelea difícil ante Fernando “El Huracán” Castañeda en febrero de 2019, el nativo de Nassau, Bahamas regresó con una victoria ante el irlandés Jason Quigley, propinándole su primera derrota y arrebatándole el cinto mediano NABF. Johnson está ansioso de mostrarle al mundo su capacidad de ser campeón mundial.             “Estoy emocionado de tener la oportunidad de enfrentarme a Jaime Munguía”, señalo Tureano Johnson. “Los retrasos que he tenido en mi carrera solamente me han hecho más fuerte. Munguía es un peleador fuerte e invicto, pero le voy a proporcionar su primera derrota mientras sigo en mi búsqueda de convertirme en campeón mundial de peso mediano”, amenazó.             Munguía vs. Johnson es un combate a 12 episodios por el título Intercontinental mediano de la OMB presentado por Golden Boy en asociación con Zanfer Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” y BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.”  El evento se llevará a cabo el viernes 30 de octubre en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y será transmitido en vivo por DAZN.

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Mayor’s Office of Adult Literacy Celebrates One Year Anniversary with a Book Distribution

Oct 1, 2020

HOUSTON – In recognition of National Literacy Month, the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL) celebrated one year by hosting a “Drive-Up 4 Literacy” book distribution. Mayor Turner joined Houston Public Library (HPL) Director, Dr. Rhea Lawson, CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s Thomas Coleman, MOAL Director, Federico Salas-Isnardi, and HPL employees to distribute 35,000 books. The Molina Foundation donated a Book Buddies grant to make the distribution possible.

 Literacy providers from Community Family Centers, Eastside University, the Chinese Community Center, and The Alliance received books for their learners. MOAL held the distribution in partnership with The Molina Foundation as part of its Families Learning Together campaign. The campaign is a national initiative to encourage literacy and reading skills during the summer and back-to-school season during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I want to congratulate the MOAL on its anniversary of advocating for equitable and fair access to literacy skills,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This pandemic demonstrates that we need literate adults and families to tackle a health crisis affecting our communities. A City’s health and economic strength are determined by the resilience of its families and neighborhoods.” 

 Access to these books will help create word-rich communities in Houston that are healthy and complete. The event also served as a wonderful example of collaboration and support. The Houston Public Library, Houston Public Library Foundation, The Houston Food Bank, and CITGO Petroleum Corporation also partnered with MOAL in this endeavor. 

As the nation’s only mayoral office for literacy advocacy, MOAL serves as an example of economic impact through service. The National Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) recognized this innovative approach and its influence over the last year. In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL Week), the organization awarded Mayor Turner with the 2020 Adult Education Leadership Award.
The demand has been great as more than 10,740 books have already been reserved across 21 providers around Houston! HPL (or MOAL) will distribute books on a first-come, first-served basis until the donation is exhausted. Literacy providers interested in receiving books should contact MOAL at 832-393-0308.

About Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL)
On September 17, 2019, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner officially launched the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL.) MOAL focuses on enhancing adult literacy advocacy and promoting awareness about the impact of illiteracy on our economy, communities, families, and individuals. With one in three Houstonians unable to read, MOAL also promotes awareness, advocates, and helps build capacity for Adult Literacy and Adult Education causes and providers in the City of Houston.  The launch of the office was made possible by a generous grant from the CITGO Petroleum Corporation. For more information about the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy, visit You can also connect with the MOAL team via Facebook.
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