This week national news outlets turned their attention to Houston Police Union President Joe Gamaldi and his viral rant about people who criticize the police.
A lot of people stood up and applauded Joe's words, but not Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
Chief Avocado, who has previously defended sanctuary city laws and gun control efforts, slammed Gamaldi and condemned his message, saying “without a doubt, rhetoric had nothing to do with this case.”
Four Houston police officers were shot on Monday while serving a narcotics warrant in Houston. The two suspects and their dog were killed.
At a press conference earlier this week, Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi said police are tired of having targets on their back and having “dirt-bags” try to take their lives.
But yesterday Chief Avocado said, “I don’t want to ever, as a police department, paint anybody with a broad brush based on the actions of one or a group of individuals. We need to judge people individually based on their actions. So I’m asking everyone here to tone it down. And I’ve asked him that, too. And let’s focus on the good. And we fall short, let’s focus on holding people accountable, including the community. It’s a mutual responsibility. Accountability is a two-way street.”
Acevedo says Gamaldi made other police officers uncomfortable with his words.
It's hard to imagine someone who gets shot at for a living feeling "uncomfortable" with the thought of someone defending them with words and rhetoric, but Avocado, a former resident of Austin, Texas, says, "That was not the place. This was not the incident. This had nothing to do with any of the stuff he was talking about.”
Folks, I've said it before and I'll say it again: however you feel about the police raid that killed two people and injured five earlier this week, never forget that these laws exist, not because of cops, but because of laws created by elected officials. Say, how did Avocado get his job again?