HPD Union President issues threats to Houstonians

NOTE: Four Houston Police Officers were shot during a drug raid last week. Two are still in serious condition. Let’s hope for a full recovery for all of them.

Houston Police Union President, Joe Gamaldi, went off the rails blaming activists for a shooting that injured four HPD officers before knowing all the facts. It was a ill advised, rambling, divisive statement by the Union President who shouldn’t have been given air time in the first place. From KHOU:

“if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, just know we’ve all got your number now, we’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families.”

I have a couple of questions for Mr. Gamaldi: Who the hell are you talking to? You talkin ta me? Who are you going to keep track of? Who will be doing the tracking? How are you going to keep track of them? Even before the smoke cleared you were on camera blaming others for the actions of two old white grandparents who were responsible for shooting our officers. 

Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, had this to say:

“I don’t want to ever, as a police department, paint anybody with a broad brush based on the actions of one or a group of individuals,” Acevedo said. “We need to judge people individually based on their actions. So I’m asking everyone here to tone it down. And I’ve asked him that, too. And let’s focus on the good. And we fall short, let’s focus on holding people accountable, including the community. It’s a mutual responsibility. Accountability is a two-way street.”

Maybe Gamaldi might want to move back to New York and find another job. Maybe the Union might want to rethink their selection for Union President.

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