Yesterday I wrote about how Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo verbally blasted lawful gun owners as not supporting women or police if they also support the Second Amendment. His remarks were made during a press conference discussing the murder of Sgt. Christopher Brewster who was killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Shortly after Acevedo’s rant the Houston Police Officer’s Union issued this statement to its members:
Dec 9, 2019, 02:14 PM
By now you have heard Chief Art Acevedo engage in a 5-minute rant on gun control outside the funeral home where fallen Sgt Chris Brewster was taken. The fact that Chief Acevedo chose that moment to make a political statement on guns, is nothing short of offensive and inappropriate. There is a time and place for every discussion and this was neither the time nor the place.
We are all grieving for Chris and the focus should be on him and his family and not on the Chief’s agenda. If the Chief would like to make political statements there are plenty of opportunities to run for office, but in running the 5th largest department in the country, instead of his misplaced activism.
By the way, if the Chief wants to have a discussion on guns and crime, maybe he should share the facts that we have provided him that over 1600 people are on deferred for Agg Assault, 1100 people on deferred for Robbery/Agg Robbery and over 300 people on deferred for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
It is very clear to anyone watching, the Chief owes the entire Houston Police Department an apology for hijacking this somber moment. Chief Acevedo needs to understand, this is about Sgt Chris Brewster and his family…not him! This letter is only going out to the membership of the HPOU, we are not interested in taking anymore attention away from Sgt Brewster and his family, as the Chief already has.
— HPOU Executive Board
Hopefully Acevedo won’t threaten lawfare against these fellow officers for criticizing his behavior. Thanks to the Houston Police Officer’s Union for their response, noting the driver of such criminality, and for putting the focus back on Sgt. Brewster’s grieving family. Stay safe.