I watched in dismay as HPD Chief Art Acevedo once again used a crisis to push his political agenda while two of his officers lay in critical condition.
The guy has no shame. But then again, he works for possibly the most corrupt administration in the city’s history, so why would he?
I wasn’t the only one outraged by his behavior. A group called Texas LEO Wives also saw the press conference and released this statement:
Dear Chief Acevedo,
We barely have the blood washed off our officer’s uniforms and you are already grandstanding and politicizing this attempted murder of Houston’s finest.
The underlying “health” epidemic is drug manufacturing and drug use. Drug dealers give less than 1% of a crap about gun laws or gun legislation.
Do not speak for our friends and family members by discouraging thoughts and prayers being expressed to us in our time of need. Those thoughts and prayers help to reinforce that we are NOT fighting alone. We have people that genuinely care about us and the work our loved ones do.
You should be echoing the sentiment of “enough is enough” but no, that doesn’t suit your agenda.
Get off the soap box and leave us be, Chief. We are tired of being pawns in a political game.
I couldn’t have said it better.
After reviewing one of Bill King’s blogs about rape cases in Houston, I think it would benefit the city if the Police Chief focused on his job instead of public policy issues.
The Texas Department of Public Safety recently released its annual report for crime in Texas for 2017.[i] There are several troubling results for Houston but the number that jumps off the page is that rape was up by 13% in 2017, increasing from 1,210 to 1,366 rapes. That is nearly four rapes each day somewhere in the City. This is a continuation of a troubling trend that began after 2013. That year the number of rapes bottomed out at 618 cases. But since then, rapes have increased by 121%.
HPD solved only 39% of the rape cases in 2017. That is fairly consistent with its long-term historic and the national average. However, in the years 2010-2013, HPD solved around 50% of the rape cases on average and the City saw an historic drop in the number of reported rape case. Since then the clearance rate has been drifting lower.
Clearing rape cases would seem to be more important for the Police Chief of the Houston Police Department than ranting and raving about people praying for the health of wounded police officers, don’t you think?
howie katz says
David, as a former law enforcement officer, I completely agree with you. Gun control would not have made a dime’s worth of difference in this case. Gun restrictions only effect law abiding citizens, not criminals.
When I was in narcotics enforcement, I was lucky that the raids I participated in did not have the outcome of this case. Getting shot could easily have happened to me and my fellow officers.
Politicizing the shooting of cops does not speak well for Acevedo.
Joye Roebuck says
If he did his job half as much as he runs his mouth and poses for the camers, our city would be much safer…he is full of himself, along with corrupt Turner…always wanting in front of the camera. We need a Mayor with some business sense, and definitely a New Chief…Let’s make Houston Great again…
Greg Shaw says
He has been running for office since day one.
len waska says
Acevedo’s position on guns is no surprise. When he was Chief in Austin, he bragged about being a supporter of Bloomberg’s Anti Gun group.
I wish to remain anonymous says
As a resident of Austin I was elated when Acevedo parted ways, hes a camera hound with far left ideals.
howie katz says
My understanding is that he was about to be canned as Austin COP when Sylvester rescued his sanctuary city-favoring ass.
Soon after he arrived in Austin, it was discovered that Arturo was looking for a better paying position with other departments but I rarely had the impression liberal Austin was unhappy with his overall performance. He’s a show boat and needs to be sent back to Southern California where he belongs but even they won’t have him due to his misconduct with female subordinates and showing pictures that decent men shouldn’t take.
Joe Gamaldi for Mayor!
Alexander Shaskevich says
Acevedo is hiding something real big.
The drug raid may have been on the wrong house. A disabled Navy Vet lived there and still no black tar heroin.