Amidst bail reform, criminal justice system reform and police reform there are several factors that leave us questioning whether or not this so-called change and or reform is leading to more crime
Houston Texas, a career criminal accused of killing a Houston police sergeant while out on bond for a weapon related charge last year has been released again on bond.
Robert Soliz, a 24-year-old gang member, was the subject of a massive manhunt in the wake of the Nov. 9, 2020 shooting death of the 47-year-old police sergeant, KSATreported.
Soliz was arrested on a murder warrant during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in west Houston at approximately 3:15 p.m. the following day, and was taken into custody using Sgt. Rios’ handcuffs, KTRK reported.
During the course of his interview about the sergeant's murder, it is reported by the Houston police Chief that he was uncooperative during the interview.
Soliz recently managed to post $750,000 bond – $500,000 of which was attached to the murder charge, KTRK reported.
He had to come up with $75,000 in order to walk out of jail, according to KPRC.
The court mandated he remain at home at all times while the case is pending, that he wear a GPS monitor, and that he submit to random drug testing, KPRC reported.
“I’m am sick and disgusted that this piece of trash was released on any bond after claiming indigent when he was arrested for Killing Sergeant Rios, to get a public defender,” Griffith wrote. “$750,000 in bonds equals 75Thousand to get out. #indigemtmy-ss”
Along with the defunding the police movement, new movement of bail reform has been born. States across America have seen a significant increase in crime especially in the year of 2020. During these times we have seen many pushes to decrease the number of criminals serving time in jail, which has resulted or can be attributed to the significant jump in crime over the past year.
According to Mary Nan Huffman, who ran for Harris County District Attorney in the 2020 election, Soliz had also been charged with other gun offenses in the past.
Sgt. Rios, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served the Houston Police Department (HPD) for 25 years, KHOU reported.
He leaves behind his four children, ages 9, 12, 14, and 17.
Sgt. Rios is also survived by his parents, brother, and two cousins who are also HPD officers, according to CNN.