Hispanic Heritage Month: Chicano Squad

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Program Type:

Lectures, History/Genealogy

Age Group:

Young Adult, Adult
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Program Description


Dr. Natalie Garza from the Houston Community College Humanities Department will be giving a lecture on the Chicano Squad, a group of Hispanic police officers that were assigned the task of solving murders in the Hispanic communities of Houston. The  Houston Police Department plucked a few young Latino officers from patrol cars in 1979 and told them to spend 90 days solving as many murders as they could.The division’s clearance rates soared, and by the end of the year, the Chicano Squad helped solve 40 homicides. The unit is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the nation, though many others followed.