Gas is always a concern at any cook-off with Bar-B-Que and beans but one Houston police officer is accused of supplying tear gas of his own. Mike Hamby, 51, has been suspended for allegedly tossing a tear gas canister into the booth of a competitor at the cook-off.
Hamby is not just a senior officer but a member of the board of directors of the Houston Police Officer Union. The gas reportedly sickened dozens of people.
In perhaps the most unnecessary clarification, Mike DeMarco, executive director for the rodeo, told the reporter below that tear gas is not permitted at the rodeo and cook-off events.
There is no word on who won the cook-off.