Houston Anti-Gun Police Chief Puts Out Hiring Call

By Larry Keane

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is rolling out the welcome mat to police frustrated with cities enacting “defund police” policies. IMG iStock 906402938

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is rolling out the welcome mat to police frustrated with cities enacting “defund police” policies. Chief Acevedo is looking to fill 400 vacancies and he’s telling police frustrated with progressive policies to head to Houston. It’s like a swimmer at a shark-infested beach saying to come on in, the water’s fine.

“We’re fortunate we have a mayor and a council … that understands that our community doesn’t want less policing, they don’t want to defund the police, they want better policing and they want good cops,” Chief Acevedo told Fox and Friends.

Chief Acevedo, though, is no stranger to using his uniform to push political agendas and siding with the same politicians who embrace the “defund police” movement, including Houston’s U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green (D-Texas). He’s a Capitol Hill regular, most recently testifying against calls to defund police departments, but’s been there as a vocal gun control supporter. “And I believe that we can do better in terms of limiting access to firearms to law-abiding Americans of sound mind,” he told Texas Monthly last year.

That’s right. Chief Acevedo, the top cop in one of America’s most populous cities, thinks more should be done to limit law-abiding Americans from exercising their God-given rights.

In that same interview, Chief Avecedo pontificated on how he sees his role in policing and community safety.

Policing Gun Owners

“I want to be a twenty-first-century police chief,” he explained to Texas Monthly. “I think most police chiefs today, what they want to do is change from the ‘Hey, let’s be tough on crime’ mind-set to a mind-set of ‘Let’s be appropriate on crime. Let’s be strategic on crime. Let’s make decisions based on the threat a person truly poses.’ To me, being progressive means that when it comes to people who aren’t hurting others, we need to focus on the restorative approach, to help them get their lives on track.”

Chief Acevedo is the president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which supports reinstating the failed 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and instituting universal background checks, which is unworkable without a national registry of gun owners. Major Cities Chiefs Association also wants to ban standard capacity magazines, ban internet ammunition sales for a scheme of record-keeping of licensing and record-keeping of sales by vendors.

Chief among the chief’s progressive policing approach is a “get-tough-on-gun-control” agenda. Chief Acevedo was among Congressional witnesses begging the U.S. House of Representatives to enact strict gun control measures in a hearing last year. He urged the criminalization of private firearm transfers and passage of universal background checks and wants a national “red flag” law that would circumvent due-process rights, protections against illegal search-and-seizure and the right to a speedy hearing.

Doing nothing is not acceptable,” Chief Acevedo admonished lawmakers.

Activist Policing

It wasn’t the first time Chief Acevedo lashed out at lawmakers for not going along with his gun control ideas. He blasted U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) following the tragic murder of a Houston police officer in December 2019.

“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,” Chief Acevedo said. “Choose sides,” he added. “It’s right and wrong, and it’s not that complicated.”

The Houston Police Officers’ Union rebuked the outburst.

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

Chief Acevedo’s political acumen is growing. He most recently starred in the Democratic National Convention for a police reform panel with former Vice President Joe Biden. He joined Black Lives Matter in May telling protestors, “We will march as a department with everybody in this community. I will march until I can’t stand no more.” Black Lives Matter supports defunding police.

Police leaving departments targeted by defunding movements won’t find clear waters in Houston. They’ll find a police chief who embraces radical agendas that deny Americans their rights and fail to make safer communities.

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Justista (@justista)
1 year ago

“And I believe that we can do better in terms of limiting access to firearms to law-abiding Americans of sound mind,”

Yeah, that will stop a lot of crime.
I hope he gets the kind of cops he deserves.

RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago
Reply to  Justista

I wonder if he supports removing from society those who have shown that they no longer should be allowed to move freely among the populace whether due to criminal activity or mental defect.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley (@rockhouse)
1 year ago

He is a real piece of work, has corrupt cops getting away with arrests and murder of innocent citizens with a few being caught and prosecuted.
Houston needs to send this guy down the road and hire a true law and order chief of police such as a Texas Ranger.
It’s bad enough for Houston to have Jackson-Lee so the chief fits right in with the liberal mind set that has taken over a fine Texas city.

Old Vet
Old Vet (@ironeyes)
1 year ago

He’s not a Police Officer, but a politician in disguise. He dirty’s the badge.

PAF145 (@paf-145)
1 year ago

Having worked in Texas law enforcement for over 30 years -I am familiar with Acevedo-he is no good and will throw his officers under the bus to advance himself,he is as dirty as Comey

Last edited 1 year ago by PAF145
a.x. perez
a.x. perez (@a-x-perez)
1 year ago

The idea of a California liberal being in charge of retraining police from out of state to patrol streets where there are almost no restrictions on edged or contact weapons, open carry of long guns is legal, and licensed open carry of handguns is legal and where there is no need to have a license to keep a pistol in your vehicle or on your person under a wide variety of circumstances is scary.

Jonesy (@61deacon64)
1 year ago
Reply to  a.x. perez

From what I read, Acevedo, doesn’t seem to mind hob knobbing with the “Burn, Loot, and Murder” crowd.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno (@gene-rano)
1 year ago

No self respecting veteran law officer wants to work in that horrible place. I remember when a driver was punished for legally having a firearm in the car. If pulled over for making a California “stop” at a blinking red light in a sleepy neighborhood with good visibility, or for a tail light infraction, drivers were cited. But they also were treated to a trip to the station where their firearm was “temporarily” taken. Houston Police Department had a motto, “you can beat the rap but not the ride.” Months later, your piece could be recovered but I’ve been told… Read more »

Magnum (@thunder)
1 year ago

Acevedo is a left wing rabid anti-gunner believing total confiscation is the only solution to crime!

He was a California HWP Motorcycle Cop for years before becoming the Motor Captain. He left CA to become the Chief in Austin, TX where he immediately built an oversized (50 or so) Motorcycle group to write traffic tickets. He left Austin to become the Chief of the HPD, a department about 5 times the size of Austin. He has brought his California politics with him all the way.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno (@gene-rano)
1 year ago
Reply to  Magnum

As a native Cuban, you’d think this *ssh*le would be a strong advocate for the 2nd Amendment. Apparently, he’s just a chip off the old Limousine Liberal’s block (head). And remember when they issued subpoenas to pastors for any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the mayor before Acevedo strolled in? He would have loved to enforce demands against ministers who failed to comply and faced contempt of court. I have a sister in that area and never venture south of Conroe.

musicman44mag (@xman)
1 year ago
Reply to  Magnum

If it’s from kommiefornia, it is probably slime, not always but most of the time.

gregs (@gregsodeman)
1 year ago
Reply to  Magnum

acevedo, the tyrant and his little tyrants consistently violate the first and second amendment rights of many people, have killed a number of innocent people, the tuttle’s, with little to no reprecusions. the fbi should be looking into the corruption in that department. he should be in prison himself. he is as bad as the corrupt sheriff in pinellas county here in florida.