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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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...

Frankieitalian
Frankieitalian

Where does he think he can stop the elected representative of the officers to not speak his mind?

They are on the same level when when the union president is speaking as an elected representative of his members.

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

Spineless

DJMM
DJMM

If you have done nothing wrong, why would you get so upset by what he said? He did not call out any one group, race, gender or religion, so what it the problem?

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

Gamaldi is a cuck.

SNARKEY
SNARKEY

What did he want him to call them? "gentlemen"?????

Larmonster
Larmonster

This is what is "leading" this police department? Holy crap, epic failure!

TexasFred
TexasFred

For anyone NOT knowing, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is a certified DOUCHEBAG! Acevedo was pretty much despised when he was Chief in Austin, he is a hard core Liberal and does NOT support his Officers. Acevedo is a political ass kisser that rose through the ranks due to his ability to pull a 30 pound vacuum on a burlap potato sack.

JimW164
JimW164

A dirtbag is a dirtbag is a dirtbag! Beauty is Truth and Truth Beauty.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Anything that comes out of the liberal Mecca of Austin is a douche!!

MSK
MSK

And another liberal politician masquerading as a police chief. Grimaldi was spot on correct in what he said. Great job backing BLM and NOT backing your officers ass wipe.

matt1698
matt1698

Chief Acevedo, your are an utter disgrace to the Deparment and Officers you represent. You are the epidemi of what ails many of our police departments. Perhaps you believe that retaining your high salaried position is more important than supporting your police officers who put their lives on the line daily. Shame on you!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, both prominent Republican opponents of gun control, issued the usual statements offering the usual thoughts and prayers. “I appreciate your prayers . . . but the question is, what are policymakers willing to do, besides prayers, to address a public-health epidemic?” said Mr. Acevedo.

It’s not the first time the chief, who leads a police department in the fourth-largest city in the United States, has spoken out about the need for gun reform.

Alex9078
Alex9078

He is an Administrator and panders to the BLM groups instead of his own officers. He is pathetic and should receive a no-confidence vote from the rank and file.

Jeepgirl66
Jeepgirl66

Bravo to Adam and Maroon 5

BlueEnforcer
BlueEnforcer

Hey Chief! Grow a pair

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

C'mon please! Like there wasn't a wink, wink going on between the chief and the union president. You don't believe for a minute that the chief didn't know what the union president was going to say and approves of it.

negolien
negolien

And that's why his Officers ate being killed fk him.

Cavalier19
Cavalier19

The Chief is an appointed political hack who does not speak for the officers of the department. He lost all respect as he back peddled from the truth. Shame on him. He could have indicated that the Union Rep did not represent the departments official stance on the situation but personally agreed with the statement.

Oldmp
Oldmp

Does anyone, I mean anyone review articles for spelling? What the hell is a Pesident?

CCH
CCH

Our illustrious chief who spawned a $6,000,000 civil suit against LA and CHP for (allegedly wink) showing pictures to fellow officers of him having sex with a fellow officer. - then sues the department for almost a million when they used that against him while he was running for chief. Awesome guy.

Cright
Cright

I understand your point, but this school has now become a soft target. I do not think that criminals should have an advantage over our law enforcement. That is essentially what the school board did, prohibiting cops from having guns on campus. This suspect could have killed at will if that was his intention, luckily it was not. I am curious as to what the Chief had to say about the disarming.

Whiskey5jda
Whiskey5jda

Yeah Art Acevedo is a spineless twit who brought his commie ideas to Texas. Well he can go back to California for all I care.

unholyone
unholyone

Seems the chief fits the descriptor "dirtbag." maybe that's why he took offense. It's personal.

MadDog Mike
MadDog Mike

This Chief, if you call him that, is a friggin idiot. If he doesn't feel that the attacks on his officers warrants that kind of response then maybe he should turn in his political badge and join a support group for incarcerated dirtbags. Spineless moron!!

Caprice56
Caprice56

I support everything the Police Union representative said! He was controlled. He did not call out a single race, nationality or culture. Unless “dirtbags” has become a race now, he insulted only the guilty. I was not offended at all. But then, I don’t shoot at police either.

Memphis6
Memphis6

That's bullshit everything the union pres. Said was right. Stop letting BLM control the narrative of every police shooting. Our nation's police chiefs need to support their officers and tell BLM to shut the f#ck up and stop bending to their every whim.

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Jesus, we're out here getting shot but God forbid we speak up about it. Another pos chief who's more worried about public opinion than he is his own officers. Wonder how many officers he's thrown under the bus in his career to make himself look progressive.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

In the days after the deadly shoot-out, the couple's friends and family called into question the official narrative, saying Nicholas and Tuttle weren't drug dealers and questioning whether police raided the wrong house.

On the other side, the police union framed the officers' shootings as more evidence of a war on police, and president Joe Gamaldi sparked criticism with controversial comments blaming mainstream media and certain activists spreading anti-police rhetoric. Later, a coalition of justice groups and attorneys called for his resignation.

Then on Thursday, police said that one of the officers involved in the raid was relieved of duty in light of "ongoing questions" about the deadly encounter. The officer, who was not publicly identified, was not among those wounded.

His suspension, law enforcement sources said, comes amid a probe into questions over whether the sworn affidavit used to justify the no-knock warrant may have contained false information.

The investigation has been delayed while the case agent on the raid recovers after being shot in the neck. He is one of two officers who remain hospitalized.

roller
roller

The police chief is controlled by the elite left and BLM. He is a disgrace to the uniform.

Coxrandy54
Coxrandy54

If the two civilians that were killed had a shoot out with the police,why were they shooting at the police for?

JoJoB
JoJoB

Not too many chiefs left with the guts to speak truth. But instead give a weak account of events to keep is job. Sell out to BLM for a few coins.

Sgt961
Sgt961

Just another Mexican!


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