Nassau Bay Police Department Sgt. Kaila Sullivan was killed after being struck by Tavores Henderson’s car during a traffic stop Tuesday night. [mfn] 10 December 2019[/mfn]
Sullivan died after being run over by Henderson after she attempted to handcuff him. Henderson escaped from her grip, jumped back into his Jeep, and drove his car straight into Sullivan.
Sgt. Sullivan was just 43-years-old when she was killed by Tavores after attempting to arrest him for a domestic violence warrant.
Henderson spent a short while on the run, abandoning his Jeep just blocks from the incident, before eventually being apprehended by the police. When he was led to his courtroom appearance, officers placed the handcuffs belonging to the slain police officer on his wrists. Unfortunately, that’s when the justice system failed and chose to grant him a bond of just $150,000 for a charge of capital murder.
An avoidable murder, if only the justice system did its job
Sullivan’s murder, like many in this country, could have been avoided if not for an overly lenient justice system that allows repeat offenders back into the public while awaiting trial. Her killer once recorded himself bragging about his release from previous crimes, and despite this, Harris County Magistrate Colin Amann granted Henderson a $150,000 bond for his charge of capital murder in this case. The president of the Houston Police Officer’s Union and president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 110 Joe Gamaldi responded to the news on Twitter today calling for the magistrate’s resignation:
If Mr Amann is unwilling to resign, Harris County Commissioners Court must take action and terminate his employment. We cannot have someone without common sense making life and death decisions.— Joe Gamaldi (@JoeGamaldi) December 13, 2019
In July, Henderson was arrested for threatening to shoot his girlfriend. When prosecutors suggested that he be held without bond, the judge presiding over his case refused and instead granted a $50,000 bond. And that wasn’t his first offense either. Henderson responded to this favorable hearing by filming himself walking out of jail, flashing cash and listing off all the money he’s forked over in the past to secure his release:
Henderson: “Hey man, you know what the f*** is going down, man. Y’all thought the kid wasn’t coming home, huh? Over three counties … over three (expletive) bonds, over three cases. One $20,000, two more cases $10,000, we got the other $20,000 one, oh crip, he go to $50,000. C’mon man, y’all f***ed me. And the kid’s still back at it like a crack addict.”
Suspected cop killer Tavores Henderson goes by "therealkillahdre" on Instagram. In this video, he brags about having plenty of cash to bond out of jail multiple times. If you know where he is, please, call CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS. #KHOU11 Investigates pic.twitter.com/ddx8fAM4Jz— Jeremy Rogalski (@JRogalskiKHOU) December 11, 2019
27 December would have marked Sgt. Sullivan’s 16th anniversary with the Houston area department. She is the second police officer from the Houston area to be killed in just three days. The killer of Sgt. Christopher Brewster was also a repeat offender.