[WATCH]’If You Don’t Have Something Constructive To Say, Keep Your Mouth Shut’ Houston Police Chief To Trump
Art Acevedo, Police Chief of Houston, had some choice words for President Trump on Monday. Acevedo made his comments in response to Trump’s call for state governors to “dominate” George Floyd protestors or “or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks.” Acevedo said of Trump’s remarks, “If you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut.”
Houston Police Chief @ArtAcevedo: “Let me just say this to the President of the United States, on behalf of the police chiefs of this country: please, if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut.” pic.twitter.com/z5AJpOO0RO
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 1, 2020
President Trump also said in the call that governors needed to “arrest and try people.”
Chief Acevedo had more to say in his interview with Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour. He said, “Let me just say this to the President of the United States on the behalf of the police chiefs in this country: Please if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut because you’re putting men and women in their early twenties at risk.”
Acevedo went on to say, “This is not about dominating. It’s about winning hearts and minds and let’s be clear: We do not want people to confuse kindness with weakness, but we don’t want ignorance to ruin what we’ve got here in Houston.”
He added, “Speaking for my colleagues across the country, where their officers are being injured, community members are being injured, if you don’t have something to say, like Forrest Gump, then don’t say it.”
Acevedo then said, “That’s the basic tenets of leadership and we need leadership now more than ever.”
Protests erupted last week after the police killing of George Floyd. George Floyd, an African American man, was killed by former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Protests quickly turned into rioting and looting with property being destroyed. Police cars have also been flipped over and lit on fire. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, a local police station was also set ablaze. Police have responded with tear gas and other methods of riot control. A protest even found its way in front of the White House which caused Trump and VP Mike Pence to hide in their bunker.
Chief Acevedo had one piece of advice for protestors. He suggested that protestors take out their anger in November by voting. He said, “It hurts me to no end because whether we vote for someone or don’t vote for someone, it’s still our president. But, it’s time to be presidential and not try to be like you’re on The Apprentice. This is not Hollywood; this is real life and real lives are at risk.”
He concluded, “I ask the American people to please join with the police, stand together, let’s shift this to where it needs to be… to the voting booth. Pay attention to the hearts of the people we elect.”