A police chief is supposed to have the backs of his officers. When they do wrong he is supposed to punish them. And he is right in condemning the wrongful actions of an officer from another department like the deadly kneeing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis cop.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was about to be fired from a scandal-ridden Austin Police Department when he was rescued by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Not the smartest move Old Sly ever made.
Like civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, Acevedo has never passed up a photo-op ever since he became Houston’s top cop. He made a compete fool of himself when he appeared before the TV cameras to address the botched Harding Street raid.
Lately Acevedo has been photographed marching arm in arm with the George Floyd protesters, kneeling with them and hugging them. He is too stupid to realize the protests are not just about Floyd’s death, but that the protesters are also demonstrating against what Black Lives Matter claims is systemic police brutality against blacks and institutional police racism. By demonstrating with the protesters, Acevedo appears to agree with the false accusations by Black Lives Matter.
Acevedo’s participation in the protests even got him an interview on NBC’s Today show. Now that was a photo-op he’ll really relish the rest of his life. And it probably made Old Sly proud too.
As a former law enforcement officer and criminal justice professor, I worked with many law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles and Houston police departments. Yes, there are racist cops, but I can assure you that there is no systemic police brutality or institutional police racism. Some have accused me of being unwilling to recognize racism when I see it, but believe me, I do recognize bigotry and discrimination where and when it occurs.
Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson and race-baiter Al Sharpton who coined the phrase “No Justice – No Peace” can be expected to march in lockstep with the protesters, but in his role as Chief of the Police, Acevedo is not a civil rights activist.
In Houston, the police have shot dead six men in six weeks, five of them black or Latino. The cops did not shoot them because they were black or Latino, but because at the time they were perceived to be an imminent threat to the lives of the officers. The families of the deceased claim the shootings were not necessary.
What did Acevedo do in his latest photo-op? He hugged some of the family members of the six men killed by his officers.
Acevedo is too ignorant to realize that by hugging the family members he appears to be agreeing with them that his officers should not have killed the six men. How do you think that makes Houston’s cops feel?
The poor excuse for a police chief should have been canned after the Harding Street fiasco, but it looks like as long as Sly Turner is mayor, we will be stuck with dickhead Acevedo.