Houston PD Chief Uses Murder Of His Officer To Bash NRA And GOP

“Make up your minds!” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo demanded on Monday. “Whose side are you on?"

Houston, TX – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo used the murder of Sergeant Christopher Brewster as an opportunity to bash the National Rifle Association (NRA) and multiple political leaders on Monday morning.

Chief Acevedo launched into a “5-minute rant on gun control” while standing outside the funeral home where the body of the slain sergeant had been taken, the Houston Police Officer’s Union (HPOU) later said in a memo to its members.

“I don’t want to hear about how much they support law enforcement,” the chief said of Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

“I don’t want to hear about how much they care about lives and the sanctity of lives…I don’t want to see their little smug faces about how much they care about law enforcement when I’m burying a sergeant because they don’t want to piss off the NRA,” he said.

“Make up your minds!” he demanded. “Whose side are you on? Gun manufacturers? The gun lobby? Or the children who are getting gunned down in this country every single day?"

Chief Acevedo said that the reason lawmakers have not passed extensions of the Violence Against Women Act “is because the NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends who abuse their girlfriends.”

“Who killed our sergeant?” he asked. “A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend! So, you’re either here for women and children and our daughters, and our sisters, and our aunts, or you’re here for the NRA.”

Chief Acevedo accused lawmakers of bragging about legislative measures they care about.

“Start caring about cops, children and women and everyday gun violence,” he demanded.

The chief declared that he won’t discuss the issue any further this week, because he plans to focus his attention on Sgt. Brewster’s sacrifice.

He then blamed Sgt. Brewster’s murder on the “cowardice of the political people that we have in office.”

Chief Acevedo’s comments came just minutes before Sgt. Brewster’s body was escorted from the medical examiner’s office to the funeral home, KTRK reported.

HPOU President Joe Gamaldi later issued a private memo to union members criticizing the chief for his timing, and said that he should apologize for his “offensive and inappropriate” comments.

“The fact that Chief Acevedo chose that moment to make a political statement on guns, is nothing short of offensive and inappropriate,” the memo read. “There is a time and place for every discussion and this was neither the time nor the place.”

The HPOU said that the focus should be on Sgt. Brewster and his family, “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 the meantime he should focus on running the 5th largest department in the country, instead of his misplaced activism,” the union said in the memo.

The HPOU further noted that it had previously provided Chief Acevedo with information regarding the staggering number of violent offenders who were handed deferred sentences.

“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 Robber/Agg Robbery and over 300 people on deferred for Felon in Possession of a Firearm,” the memo read.

The HPOU said that it is “not interested in taking any more attention away from Sgt. Brewster and his family,” so it only issued the memo to its members.

“The Chief owes the entire Houston Police Department an apology for hijacking this somber moment,” the union wrote. “Chief Acevedo needs to understand, this is about Sgt. Brewster and his family…not him!”

The federal legislation Chief Acevedo was referring to sought to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” thereby banning suspects convicted of domestic violence from being able to possess firearms, even if they do not live with and aren’t married to their victims, KTRK reported.

Under current federal law, only domestic abusers who are living with or married to their victims are prohibited from owning firearms.

Although Chief Acevedo alleged that the politicians’ failure to pass the law led to Sgt. Brewster’s murder, he failed to note that the gunman was already prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior domestic violence conviction, KTRK reported.

Court documents specifically noted that he could not possess or purchase firearms as a result of that 2015 conviction.

Cruz and Cornyn later released statements in response to Chief Acevedo’s tirade.

“For many years, Senator Cruz has worked in law enforcement, helping lead the fight to ensure that violent criminals—and especially sexual predators who target women and children—face the very strictest punishment,” Cruz’s office said, according to KHOU. “Senator Cruz is currently reviewing Violence Against Women Act legislation in the Senate.”

Cornyn’s office noted that the Violence Against Women Act is still fully-funded, despite the implications made by the chief.

“And he’s got it backward – Democrats in DC walked away from negotiations for a new law and that’s when it fell apart,” the statement read. “Sen. Cornyn helped introduce a new VAWA last month, which: Has 10% more funding than the Democrats’ bill, extends the Violence Against Women Act for 10 years vs the Democrats’ bill which is 5 years, [and] triples the support for rape prevention and education from current levels.”

Sgt. Brewster was murdered in the line of duty as he was investigating a domestic disturbance on Dec. 7.

The incident began at 5:47 p.m., when a woman called police to report that her boyfriend was assaulting her at a home in the 7400-block of Avenue I, Chief Acevedo said, according to KHOU.

The victim said that the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Arturo Solis, was armed with two guns.

HPD officers arrived at the scene within approximately four minutes, but Solis and the woman had left the area, KHOU reported.

Sgt. Brewster was in the 7400-block of Avenue L when he spotted the woman at approximately 5:52 p.m., Chief Acevedo told reporters.

With his gun still holstered, the 32-year-old sergeant stepped out of his patrol vehicle and waved his hands to get Solis’ attention, KTRK reported.

The gunman then opened fire, hitting the veteran officer several times, according to KHOU.

At least one of the bullets hit Sgt. Brewster in the uppermost portion of his chest near his neck, just above his ballistic vest, Chief Acevedo said.

Despite being mortally wounded, Sgt. Brewster was able to alert his fellow officers about the shooting, which allowed them to contain the area, KHOU reported.

"Although he was mortally wounded, he had the presence of mind to draw his pistol out of his holster to protect himself in case the suspect came up and he also had the presence of mind and courage to put out and broadcast suspect information that was critical for the responding units," Chief Acevedo said, according to CBS News.

Solis fled the scene and was spotted jumping over fences as he made his way to a nearby school, where he was apprehended, KHOU reported.

Officers found him in possession of one semi-automatic handgun, and later located a second weapon and other evidence that he had allegedly discarded, CBS News reported.

Sgt. Brewster was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died at approximately 6:30 p.m., according to The Houston Chronicle.

Solis allegedly confessed to killing Sgt. Brewster, and told investigators that he shot him to avoid being arrested, KTRK reported.

He was charged with capital murder of a police officer early Sunday morning, and is being held in jail without bond.

Sgt. Brewster graduated from the HPD Academy in November of 2010, the department tweeted late Saturday night.

He served as a patrol officer, and was also assigned to the Gang and Major Offenders Division.

In February, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and was assigned to the Eastside Patrol Division at the time of his death, the HPD said.

"I remember the joy, the conversations we had with him on the stage," Chief Acevedo said of the moment of Sgt. Brewster’s promotion, according to CNN. "And now here just a year later, he's gone because of a coward."

Sgt. Brewster leaves behind his wife, parents, and sisters, CBS News reported.

Comments (70)
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jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Chief needs to resign and become the politician he seems to want to be.

Fire0462
Fire0462

The coward is the one that pulled the trigger, not the NRA or the Republicans. But you go ahead and blame those that cannot control what you can as it shows just how much of a Democrat you are..and we all know that means failure to protect us or your officers as you care more for illegals and Democrats.

skidrowvet
skidrowvet

I try not to comment on things outside my area. But this asswipe to use this moment, the time when all thoughts should be on the officer's family NOT for this disgrace to make his political views known-AGAIN- how dare he stand there wearing the same uniform of his dead Sgt. to talk all that stupid shit. I understand he's the mayor's mouthpiece but damn- and for his staff to stand behind him like dead mannequins, this is beyond the pail. How do these guys live with themselves? What a shame and how sad for the HPD. My prayers to the Sgt's family as this holiday season will never be merry for them again-

HolyHand
HolyHand

Acevedo is a lil kkhunt

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

No mention of the 300 felons in possession let go or of the fact the accused was already barred from legally possessing one , no go after the big game and let you local government go without blame, what a tool

pistolgrips1
pistolgrips1

Just another shiny example of the media whore, egomaniacal, gun grabbing, anti-constitutionalist, never-backed-his-officers Art AssholeVeda.

This guy is scum.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Note that the perp was already restricted in his possession of a firearm. Laws don't make truth. He should have been in jail.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

His officer gets killed and he blames the NRA? He's on the wrong side of the political spectrum. The democrats have been blaming crime on law enforcement and this idiot blames the GOP?

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

First and foremost this chief is a fucking douche bag. Second, this chief is obviously a demoncrat political hack, thus a douche bag. Third, this chief, like the demoncrats love to do, is IGNORING/not reporting facts, thus making him a douche bag. Fourth, this chief is a douche bag.

sharmick
sharmick

I wonder how many of his fellow officers feel the same way this so-called Chief does in the blame. I'm hoping they are as upset with him as other comments here and by the HPDOU. I can't believe he is more interested in blaming the GOP and NRA than himself for allowing felons to possess weapons and not protest against that. his political hack has doesn't deserve to wear a uniform. He's despicable. My prayers go out to the family who did't deserve a political sermon..

ret.leo
ret.leo

Here's an idea, and I'm just throwing this out there, how about making murder illegal?? Or making the murder of a law enforcement officer punishable by DEATH??!!! It's NOT on the backs of politicians, it's on the backs of the a$$hole who pulled the trigger!!!! They politicians are on the side of their constituents, regardless of the NRA or anyone else, you imbecile!!!!! YOU'VE shown the rank and file where you stand.....and it's NOT on the side of citizens OR THE CONSTITUTION, you IDIOT!!!!!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

From the mayor on down, the WHOLE city leadership is CORRUPT, Socialist and Destructive to our state. The HPD Chief, he is a disgrace to the Uniform.

JBoH
JBoH

If you ban all guns in this country except for police and military...you have another North Korea. I'm all for gun control, background checks, mental health checks, etc but law abiding gun owners aren't the problem. Criminals are the problem.

When you disarm every criminal of every gun, knife, ax, bat. pipe, razor etc...then you can come talk, repeat, talk to me about my guns. You still ain't gettin' 'em but you can talk.

Seventhsonseven
Seventhsonseven

This Chief is way out of line and doesn't know anything about how many people are killed by criminals vs ordinary citizens. He desperately needs to get out of police work and find himself a position where he can stand the pressure and make logical conclusions from the data. He certainly doesn't cut it as a police chief.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Solis has a lengthy criminal history including a charge of assault causing bodily injury.

Below are his previous charges:

  • 1/8/17- Burglary of vehicle- plead guilty- sentenced to 150 days in Harris County Jail
  • 03/01/16- Evading arrest/detention- plead guilty- sentenced to 30 days in Harris County Jail
  • 9/14/16- Harassment- guilty- sentenced 60 days in Brazoria Co Jail
  • 8/11/15- Assault family member- plead guilty- sentenced to 70 days in Harris County Jail
  • 11/10/14- Criminal mischief- guilty- sentenced to 20 Days Brazoria Co Jail

Oh, but the NRA deserves the blame, just like Chevy deserves the blame for DUI manslaughter, right?

Mikeacevedoisalibcuc
Mikeacevedoisalibcuc

Probably just another lib that puts criminals back on the streets.

Bigsteps
Bigsteps

Chief of Police "MY ASS!", I guess his OATH OF OFFICE doesn't mean shit. Just another Liberal Demoncrat! He Needs removed ASAP!

hawkmon
hawkmon

The bottom line is we have a gun proliferation problem with related shooting deaths in this country that ranks #1 in the world where #2 is a very distant second. We need resolution not emotive banter.

NotEnoughSand
NotEnoughSand

This is the same chief that kept making excuses for his officers after it was revealed they falsified a warrant they used as a pretext for a raid in which they murdered citizens in their own homes. This guy has no business being in a position of public trust.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

I am on LEO side. Make shooting a LEO mandatory DEATH SENTENCE then see the immediate decline in officers being shot at. Donald Trump prove you mean what you say and guarentee you get reelected PASS THE LAW the only ones who will complain are the criminals and after a very short period of time the stupid ones will be dead.

amlee
amlee

Eat a dick chief!

FSchloss
FSchloss

This Chief, so called, has forgotten about his oath to support and defend our, and maybe only slightly his, Constitution. Perhaps he should become a Zeta joto, and get out of public service. He's obviously less than an American.

Fourmarines
Fourmarines

There are police officers that are alive today that were injured and protected by law abiding citizens with guns. I have a lot of pd. People who I am very close to that will say that this police chief is an idiot. I practice with my guns with some of these police officers. Love them. Do your city a favor chief.

RESIGN. PLEASE.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Another example of the left wanting to put the blame somewhere else instead of where it belongs. The NRA nor the GOP pulled the trigger it’s the coward that was possessing the gun!! The chief needs to resign and go join the rest of the idiots democrats!!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

As a 66 yr. old private citizen i get FKING ANGRY and SICK to my stomach every time i read B.L.M. about a MURDERED L.E.O. There must be a Dozen every day. It is NOT the N.R.A. or the gun. IT IS THE P#SSISES at the A.C.L.U. and P#SSIES in Judges Robes that allow flowing piles of feces BACK on the streets instead of to the Gallows, Gas chamber , or Firing squad. Chief Acevedo's rage is correct and justified. His statements against the NRA and select political figures brand him an IMMATURE HOT HEAD.
AND IF THERE ARE ANY RED FLAG LAWS IN HIS CITY Acevedo SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF ANY AND ALL WEAPONS AS HIS IMMATURE ANGRY RANT PUTS HIM NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST for his PUBLIC DISPAY OF MENTAL INSTABILITY THAT QUALIFIES AN INDIVIDUAL TO HAVE WEAPONS CONFISCATED WITHOUT DUE PROCESS.

Wish505
Wish505

Childish rant from a person who is to immature to accept responsibility for his department not doing there job. Anyone officer who takes advantage of a situation such as a funeral of a fallen officer to push his political agenda needs to step down. He is a disgrace to the uniform. Typical scratch back response.

robertg222
robertg222

I fully support the police and hate all the police bashing but when you criticize the NRA for the actions of criminals then you do deserve to be called a pig.

Trefflek
Trefflek

What a worthless chief.

peacecker45
peacecker45

I'm very sorry this happened to another young person that only wanted to protect an serve his community. But that police chief is sorely mistaken! With this war on police he should be preaching to his officers to stay vigilant an ALWAYS BE ON HI ALERT, ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL AN ABOVE ALL WATCH YOUR BACK!!!! Don't set in your car an play with your phone or anything else.. I blame the insane, heartless criminals an I blame the LAZY POLICE CHIEF!!!

portManaT13
portManaT13

The only worthwhile point in this whole article is, "Whose side are you on?" Well, Chief, I'm on the side of the 2nd Amendment. This world is NOT perfect, and some good, upstanding, innocent people are going to die by gunfire in order that we, the citizens, can maintain the ability to fight back against a corrupt government that wants to disarm the citizens to make them serfs of the overlords. It sounds like you are on the wrong side! So very sad that your officer was killed, just like the ones that are hit-and-run victims, or the naval personnel that just were killed at NAS Pensacola, or the UPS driver and 2 bystander civilians, or . . . Bad things do happen to good people in this world.

Caddis
Caddis

Houston is a criminal cesspool. I can see why with a fool like this running things. I hope the police union has a counter statement to this disgraceful political hack.

WMyers
WMyers

As a former law enforcement officer, I’d hate and be embarrassed knowing that this Chief represents my department. It’s unfortunate that a police officer lost his life.

The NRA supports that law abiding citizens have the right to bare arms, not convicted or known felons Chief. So get your facts straight and if you want to be one of those democratic pansies, then resign as chief and let someone who will truly honor his officers. What a POS.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

What office is this POS running for

militans Deo
militans Deo

As a 25+ year LEO and NRA Life Member, you can suck it chief! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO USE THIS MOMENT AND INCIDENT TO BE POLITICAL!!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

NRA'an GOP had nothing to do with this it all falls on Obama and sorres an this cop is scared to put the blame where it belongs

Bigg59
Bigg59

What A POS this Chief is he needs to focus on his fallen officer and enforcing the law's that are already in place put blame where it belongs on the shooter these absurd liberals want to blame the NRA the gun manufactures and politicians they did not pull the trigger that POS shooter did

Billy duncan
Billy duncan

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

The police chief is appointed by the mayor who, surprise surprise, is a democRAT.

MSK
MSK

Just another lying democratic politician masquerading as a police chief.

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

First of all I pray for the officers family. Now doesn't this dickhead realize that responsible gun owners are NOT the problem. If we were you would know about it!!!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

How come so many people can’t place blame where it belongs?

This victimhood mentality is pathetic. And “it’s their fault” and usually “they” have deep pockets is a sickening mentality.

Focus on the root cause which boils down to how we raise our children.

Politicians want self proclaimed victims to exists because they’re weak and dependent on the government which keeps them in office. They buying votes with our tax dollars.

The government doesn’t do anything better than the private sector except spend money.

I have a gun. I’ve never shot anyone. I’ve never thought about shooting anyone. I’ve even used drugs and alcohol in the presence of my gun and I had no desire to shoot anyone, to fire it, nor even to pick it up. Disclaimer, the drug consumption was more than 30 years ago.

Lack of laws don’t kill people

The NRA doesn’t kill people

Guns don’t kill people

People kill people

The tool they use varies but guns aren’t the problem. Not raising our children correctly is the problem.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Chief you give new meaning to “Stupid”. Chief none of the people you are accusing of killing your sergeant killed your sergeant. Sergeant Brewster is a hero and God bless him and his family. You Chief are an idiot, issue more CCW’s and maybe Texans can help defend the liberal bastian known as Houston. It upsets me the more I read your stupid statements.

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

HPOU President Joe Gamaldi later issued a private memo to union members criticizing the chief for his timing, and said that he should apologize for his “offensive and inappropriate” comments.

“The fact that Chief Acevedo chose that moment to make a political statement on guns, is nothing short of offensive and inappropriate,” the memo read.

“There is a time and place for every discussion and this was neither the time nor the place.”

P.O.S. and IDIOT !!!!