Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, a strident liberal activist, used the shooting of one of his own officers to wage a political campaign against Republicans.
A 29-year-old officer was shot underneath his bulletproof vest during a struggle with a carjacking suspect. The officer chased the suspect into a backyard and tackled him. The suspect struggled with the officer, removed the officer’s sidearm from its holster, and shot the officer.
The officer is in stable condition. The suspect was shot and killed by another officer who got to the scene just after the shooting.
Acevedo used his own officer’s shooting to take aim at Republicans.
“We were in Washington Monday talking about gun violence in our city, in our community, in our country, and I don’t want to hear from politicians tomorrow about how much they care about my cop,” wailed Acevedo.
“If they’re not here to talk to us about solutions, then don’t bother showing up to the Houston Police Department,” warned Acevedo.
Acevedo glossed over the fact the officer was shot with his own gun.
Acevedo did not explain how banning law-abiding Houstonians from owning guns will stop criminals from taking guns from police officers.
He is also an outspoken opponent of police departments detaining illegal alien criminals so they can be deported by federal agents.
While most police officers oppose gun control, police chiefs are appointed by that city’s council. Most large city councils, like Houston’s, are dominated by liberal Democrats. Liberal city politicians will often use the position of police chief to push gun confiscation and “social justice” causes.
As a result, in most cities, the position of police chief is given to an officer who realizes the job goes to a liberal activist.
Acevedo was hired by Houston after a stint as chief in the liberal city of Austin. Before that, he was employed by the California Highway Patrol, but after a prolonged legal dispute after he was denied the top job.
“The legal back and forth ended in 2008 with Acevedo winning a nearly $1 million settlement after a state panel found he was retaliated against after he went for the agency’s top job and reported unfair pension practices in 2003 and 2004,” KHOU reported when Acevedo was made Houston Police Chief in 2016.
“That saga all started in 2004 with an anonymous letter accusing Acevedo of sexual harassment, having a relationship with another officer in 1995 when Acevedo was a sergeant and allegedly showing nude pictures of her to co-workers,” KHOU reported.