Hous­ton po­lice nix use of fast-food num­bers at crime scenes

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Po­lice com­man­ders in Hous­ton say or­der num­bers taken from a pop­u­lar Texas fast-food restau­rant can­not be used to high­light ev­i­dence at crime scenes.

Of­fi­cers are not al­lowed to use the dis­tinc­tive or­ange-col­ored, tentshaped num­bers Whataburger cus­tomers re­ceive so that or­ders can be brought to their ta­bles.

Po­lice spokes­woman Jodi Silva says there were con­cerns use of the mark­ers amounted to a po­lice en­dorse­ment of Whataburger.

She says the ac­tion was taken fol­low­ing the shoot­ing death in March of a young woman. Of­fi­cers who were wait­ing on crime-scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors wanted to mark bul­let cas­ings and other ev­i­dence and bor­rowed the or­der num­bers from a nearby Whataburger.

AP PHOTO

RIGHT: A Whataburger tent or­der num­ber sits on a ta­ble in Dal­las, Wed­nes­day.

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