Democrat Judge Under Fire for Freeing Violent Criminal Who Killed Cop
Houston police union demands Harris County's 208th District Court Judge Greg Glass resign
The Houston police union is calling for the resignation of a Democrat judge who freed a violent alleged gunman who shot and killed a police officer despite his history of violence.
Houston Police Officers' Union President Douglas Griffith is demanding the resignation of Harris County's 208th District Court Judge Greg Glass.
The progressive judge slashed the bond for 31-year-old Deon Ledet to let him walk free, despite his extensive criminal history.
Ledet was shot and killed after ambushing Houston police officers with gunfire, allegedly fatally shooting veteran officer William 'Bill' Jeffrey.
He is also said to have wounded Jeffrey's partner Officer Michael Vance while they were executing a warrant in Houston early Monday morning.
"'Judge' Greg Glass's short tenure in Harris County's 208th District Court has been an overwhelming failure," Griffith tweeted on Tuesday.
"Greg Glass does not care about criminal justice nor the safety of our community. This isn't the first time he has made the news for the same behavior," he added.
Jeffrey died in hospital on Monday after the early morning shootout.
His partner Sgt. Michael Vance was also shot and taken to the hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
The officers were on a "high-level felony" narcotics arrest warrant when Ledet "immediately" ambushed the cops and opened fire, striking Jeffrey and Vance several times, Police Chief Troy Finner said at a press conference following the shooting.
Jeffrey was hit in the stomach and Vance was hit in the leg.
Both officers returned fire and eventually shot the suspect dead at the scene.
Houston Police argues that the Democratic judge's failure to administer justice directly resulted in the death of one police officer and serious injury to another.
"He needs to have the integrity to step down," Griffith said, according to KPRC-TV.
"Until he decides to step up and explain himself, we will continue to come after him.
"I will actively search for people who will run against him."
On Monday, serial criminal Deon Ledet, 30 — whose lengthy rap sheet included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, evading arrest, and most recent, felony possession — shot and killed 30-year police veteran Sr. Officer William "Bill" Jeffrey.
At the time, Jeffrey was attempting to arrest Ledet on a high-level narcotics charge.
The incident immediately caused an uproar in the community, as police claimed the atrocity could easily have been avoided if the justice system had done its job.
In short, Ledet should never have been out on the streets.
According to court records, Ledet had been arrested a whopping 18 times since 2008.
In lieu of his criminal record, prosecutors were adamant that Ledet be denied bond and placed behind bars pending trial for two 2020 felony drug charges.
But Glass evidently disagreed.
First, he chose to set a bond.
Then, in Nov. 2020, when the district attorney's office requested that the twice-convicted felon's bond be revoked, Glass responded by cutting the bond amounts in half, from $20,000 and $40,000 to $10,000 and $20,000.
Additionally, Ledet was supposed to be administered a GPS ankle monitor, but he never showed up for his appointment.
Union president Griffith and multiple local news reporters have attempted to reach out to Glass for comment or explanation for his actions, but the judge has so far remained silent.
In June, KTRK-TV reported that Glass is one of four local justices who has not held court in more than a year and a half.
"He needs to be out in the forefront explaining himself as to why he did what he did," Griffith said this week.
"It's sick to see this happen over and over again, and Judge Glass, you have some explaining to do."
"He told [Ledet] he needed to get an ankle monitor and did that happen?
"No, it did not," Griffith added.
"His bond was revoked, and he was still out on the streets."