Chief Condemns Union Pesident's Statement About 'Dirtbags' Who Try To Kill Cops

Sandy Malone

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters that the police union president did not speak for the police department.

Houston, TX – The Houston police chief said he almost yanked the police union president off the podium at a press conference on Monday night when he blamed the shootings of four officers on “dirtbags” who want to kill cops.

“It was over the top,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said. “In one sense, I get it. But that was not the place. This was not the incident. This had nothing to do with any of the stuff he was talking about.”

Four Houston police officers were shot, and another seriously injured his knee, during a narcotics warrant service on Jan. 28.

The suspects, 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and his wife, 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas, were killed during a gun battle with police after they made entrance to the house.

At a press conference in front of Memorial Hermann Hospital after the shootings, the police chief invited Officer Joe Gamaldi, the police union president, to take the microphone with an introduction that implied Officer Gamaldi would be saying what he could not.

“In times like this, sometimes what we can’t do, the Houston police officers union do a phenomenal job of being partners with us, and I’d like to have him say a few comments on behalf of the police officers union,” Chief Acevedo said.

The union president began by thanking the community for its support, and recognizing the Houston Fire Department and the hospital personnel for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the wounded police officers.

But then Officer Gamaldi’s tone turned angry as he continued his remarks.

“But now I want to speak on behalf of the 5,200 brave men and women in the Houston Police Department, and the other 800,000 police officers that are working these streets every single day, putting their lives on the line,” he began.

“We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families,” Officer Gamaldi continued. “Enough is enough!”

“And if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know, we’ve all got your number now,” the union president warned. “We’re going to be keeping track of all y’all. And we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time that you stir the pot on our police officers.”

“We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families. Enough is enough!” Officer Gamaldi reiterated.

But on Thursday, after complaints from Black Lives Matter activists that the union president’s remarks could widen the divide between police and the community, Chief Acevedo changed his tune and publicly criticized Officer Gamaldi’s message.

The chief told reporters that Houston used to average about 45 officer shootings per year and that number has been reduced to about 15, a sign that the department is doing well in “relational policing.”

He talked about the positive relationship the police department has with the activist community.

“This is the first time we’ve had this brouhaha – and quite frankly I think a big part of it is because Joe Gamaldi’s emotions got the best of him, and [he] started, just went off a little over the top – a lot over the top if you ask me,” Chief Acevedo said.

“Which brings me to this. Joe Gamaldi doesn’t run the Houston Police Department – I do. I’m the police chief and I’m responsible for everything that goes on in the department,” the chief said.

He went on to explain the difference between the police department and the Houston Police Officers Union, calling the union “labor” and reminding the community that he was the boss, not Gamaldi.

“I would urge people to do two things. Number one, we should not paint activists with broad brushes, and our department should not be painted with a broad brush because of one guy’s comments or whatever comments he’s made since. Because ultimately, that’s one person, one opinion,” Chief Acevedo told reporters.

He said he would be meeting with the activist community to further discuss the issue.

“There’s a difference between being an activist and being an anarchist… anarchists are those that would say ‘all cops need to die.’ Do you understand the difference?” the chief asked the assembled reporters.

The chief went on to say that Houston doesn’t have problems with their activist community like other cities do, even when there was an officer-involved shooting.

Chief Acevedo said he thought Officer Gamaldi would say things differently if he had it to do over again.

However, when asked by KTRK, Gamaldi didn't back down.

"I don't see how my comments could impact relationships with anyone because we are talking advocating for our death, using anti-police rhetoric," he told the station.

"I've certainly heard what the chief had to say, and he's certainly right. He is the chief of the Houston Police Department just like I'm the President of HPOU. There's nothing over the top about vocalizing what every single cop at the hospital was feeling, what every single officer in the department and country was feeling in that moment," he said.

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61mouse
61mouse

Only other word would be THUGS

bronx163
bronx163

Hey Chief, you are either with the cops or you are another spineless politician wearing a shield and gunbelt. The Union president said it right. Those cops were shot by ditbags. Aka fucking shitbags. They fought the law and law won. Dont criticize cops union president for taking point and representing his cops the right way. Chief how can you look those cops who were shot and say you support them? You want political ambitions and be a lap dog for liberal mayor and suckass and appeaser for black lives matter? Then you need to resign and go FUCK YOUR SELF!!!

COPS IN THIS NATION ARE UNDER ATTACK. EITHER GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME OR SHUT THE FUCK UP.

BLUE LIVES MATTER!!!!!!!!!!! BLUE LIVES MATTER!!!!!!!!!!! BLUE LIVES MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!

bronx163
bronx163

To Eddieg825

Yes judge can sign no knock if there is reason that evidence will be destroyed and lives will be in jeopardy.

So shut up.

jakesj40
jakesj40

When are our leaders going to be able to come out and speak the truth about the racist BLM group?

robocop95
robocop95

Just another Chief caving to the vocal minority and pussing out.

Slothman
Slothman

No surprise that the Chief would backpedal the moment someone cried foul. These so called Administration leaders are spineless. The Union President was absolutely correct. Officers all over the country are completely fed up with the anti Police Bullshit by so called Activist. The same ones who want to blame police at every turn yet won't take one shred of responsibility for the actions of these "DIRTBAG THUGS". The chief and all other heads of Law Enforcement should finally grow a pair of balls and stand up for their officers all over or step aside.

Ltpar
Ltpar

Chief is the dirt bag and the Association needs to initiate a Vote of No Confidence" and send him packing. We do not need politically correct ass holes like Acevedo in law enforcement.

RDD
RDD

Not only did this police Chief lost his mind.
He has lost his spine and his balls. Maybe he should change his gender to vagina?

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Bullshit, Chief! This has every damn thing to do with this incident. Maybe you should get your ass back out on the streets, because it seems to me you’ve completely lost touch with the reality of your subordinates day to day experiences. Stop being a “yes man” and get back to being a fucking cop!

AdoreeD
AdoreeD

It’s like we’re living in the twilight zone! The pendulum has swung too far to the other side. There was absolutely nothing wrong with what the association president said! What IS wrong is what this Chief said! His words erase all the pain and suffering of any fallen or injured officer. Quite frankly this Chief ought to grow a spine! Shame on him!

Caddis
Caddis

So calling thugs shooting at cops "dirtbags" is insensitive and may hurt their feelings? Chiefs like this are part of the problem. The union rep. represents all sworn officers doing the dirty work, the chief represents his bosses, the mayor and city council. When's the last time he took a bullet? Vote of no confidence certainly should be considered.

cspcapt
cspcapt

don't count on this chief for support

Cop mom
Cop mom

Hey, Chief Acevedo!! Guess what? Officer Gamaldi is ABSOLUTELY right! And, a large number of local citizens are tired of these dirtbags, too! So watch out whose a$$ you’re kissing, it just might backfire on you! Idiot!

Mrs10
Mrs10

I'm not the only one to point this out but it needs to be said again. Here's the sequence of events and the reactions that normal, non-deranged persons have:

  1. 2 WHITE people shoot cops - oh no that's awful!

  2. The Union president calls them dirtbags - Good for him!

  3. BLM gets outraged - huh?

  4. Chief apologizes - WTF?!

The level of idiocy and the capitulation here are absolutely staggering!

Houston PD officers, get out NOW!

Mrs10
Mrs10

"There’s a difference between being an activist and being an anarchist… anarchists are those that would say ‘all cops need to die.’ Do you understand the difference?” the chief asked the assembled reporters."

Isn't that EXACTLY what BLM says?!

Sargejh
Sargejh

Way to stand up for your officers chief. Another “manager” more worried about doing things right instead of doing the right thing. Suck it, Chief!

bob95648
bob95648

I left the Crowley, LA, PD in 1991 for the same kind of b.s. from that chief.

fishermanpat2
fishermanpat2

So the chief got on his knees for Black Lives Matter who at one time called for the killing of cops eh? What a pussy.

gclifton111
gclifton111

Easy enough solution. Put the chief on the streets for a spell. As the country topples, we see "leadership" like this.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Lap Dog Dump o Crap police chief,gotta lick the politicians hand for approval

Stanracer
Stanracer

BLM has often called for police officers to be murdered. I guess that's ok because they are black and we all know that the laws don't apply to them. Just ask them.

Jmtully2001
Jmtully2001

Hey "Chief" remember where you came from? You are not a Sheriff and not an elected politician, you don't have to boot-lick the "Activists" and nothing he said mentioned any "Race" so perhaps you will pull your head out of their A@#es and be a Cop!! What a pathetic disloyal response to this Cops TRUE words!!!

RPG156
RPG156

Acevedo has always been a dirtbag apologist... Houston can do better... easily.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The chief is nothing but a "Glad-handed Politician." The union president spoke the truth if it was ever told. It's time that others in similar positions around the country do the same, and the cops stop tolerating political crap.

RPG156
RPG156

We are praying for you, Houston PD.... to get a new chief.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good grief who cares if they were called dirtbags. It is the truth.

Vegasval
Vegasval

WOW! Are you seriously kidding me? Good for officer Gamaldi, your Damm Right THEY ARE DIRT BAGS! Anyone shooting at or assassinating cops are dirt BAGS! How DARE you apologize for him,he spoke the truth! I'm proud of all officers who don't take CRAP from these low Life SCUM of the earth, worthless piece of SHITS! STAND BY YOUR OFFICERS PUNK! AVECEDO!

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Chief Acevedo is just embarrassed that HPD Union President Officer Gamaldi, had the guts to say what needed to be said and he didn't.

FSchloss
FSchloss

Fortunately, unions do not report to Chiefs of Police.

Conwol
Conwol

Concj

Wish505
Wish505

Enough is enough is a fact. Time to hold the dirt bags accountable.

Conwol
Conwol

. BLM is notorious for trying to shut down people’s opinions, by claiming there racist. Truth hurts doesn’t it?

DK9162
DK9162

Disappointed the Chief doesn’t have the fortitude to stand up to BLM and tell them to go pound sand!! 😡😡

Bld54
Bld54

But BLM has said repeatedly that all police need to die. Does the Chief not get that? Hooray for Officer Gamaldi.

Sthrnmojo
Sthrnmojo

Why.....Chief....because he said what we are all thinking. When you defend cop killers for being called “ dirtbags” instead of condemning them....well l think you lost your way. Perhaps try law school? Then you could legally defend the “ murdering bastards” . I mean “accused” FBLM

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

This chief is like most chiefs nowadays. They lose their nuts when they put on all the stars and act as a political agent for the liberal politicians. We need more police chiefs to be like General George Patton..

Ande24392
Ande24392

Time for this outdated and useless chief to retire. Make the union President the chief...

Milman
Milman

Sounds like the ball free police chief answers to BLM rather than his officers. Too many politicians as police chiefs. He should tell that to the BLM represented slime ball that shot and father of three in the face with a shotgun. He is blind for life. People who shoot at cops should never survive the encounter!

slo1942
slo1942

DIRT BAGS IS PUTTING IT MILDLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

jericho777
jericho777

Black Lives Matter activists mad because the union president’s remarks could widen the divide between police and the community....

Black Lives Matter worried about creating a divide, why does that sound so dern funny to me?!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

The chiefs, are there to run the department, as well as protect the officers appointed under the chief. Who else will stand up for them if the chief won’t. I personally agreed with the union president, his words and his tone. By the chief coming out and going against what was said by the union president, that is what’s going to make the divide even more. BLM, ACLU, any other of these types of groups zero in on that type of things and can obviosly see the “problems” that is aired out and that is what they target. All from the idiot media, contradicting statements trying to undo what is already done. Maybe the union president can run the departmemt.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

BLM is an ongoing criminal conspiracy . Ever hear of RICO?

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

In the days after 9/11 ,GW Bush had the balls to say it: you're either with us or against us.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Union pres should clarify next time. “And if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy,well just know, we’ve all got your number now,” Need to separate the loser mommys cellar dweller blowing hot air vs those that call for the death of P.O.s. The internet is full of anti cop rhetoric. Most of it non violent - just a pack of ball less pussies. Those that are actually saying they are going to shoot cops need to have warrants issued, tracked down, and ambushed

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

The blm doesn't run the pd in ANY community either! Why do they feel his comments were directed at them or the black community? Feeling guilty much are we? He had every right to speak for the officers too, that's what they expect him to do. I think he did a great job.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Well, I can see from here that you have a sissy for a chief. If he was up to his rank, HE woulda made that statement. What a bag of uselessness. He otta resign.

61mouse
61mouse

When was the last time this cheif has been out on the street ?

61mouse
61mouse

Well then SCUMBAMMA should be charged for promoting hate against the police

Caprice56
Caprice56

Never once, in his speech, did Mr, Gramaldi reference color, race, nationality, group, or even religion! Where does BLM get off blaming him for a city wide divide? It was already there thanks to previous administration. And the rhetorician from “sports players”. No one cares what BLM or Antifa or even sports players think. What matters is our police officers. Sounds like a case of guilt to me. And just to clarify, the “dirtbags” in this case are Caucasian and BLM knew that when they launched their statement.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Police Chiefs are political animals before they are cops, many if not most of them anyway. Almost all big city Chiefs are Democrats. That's all I have to say about that...


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