Joe Gamaldi HPD's Union President should step down

City leaders held a press conference after a drug bust which killed two homeowners and injured 4 Houston Police Officers. A press conference isn’t unusual when an officer is shot. What was unusual and uncalled for was the Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi prematurely putting blame on others and issuing threats. 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.”

Now after the smoke has settled it looks like this bust was a bust with an investigating officer lying to obtain a warrant for the raid. From KTRK:

A confidential informant didn’t buy drugs at the southeast Houston home where a botched police raid turned into a deadly shootout last month, according to a new search warrant. The shocking new information was revealed today after ABC13 obtained two of several search warrants executed as part of the ongoing investigation following the deadly raid.

Of course Joe Gamaldi is now singing a different tune sounding exactly like the activists he previously threaten:

“We believe, truly, this is only one person who has caused the issues with this case and there is only one person who is facing these types of allegations right now,” said Joe Gamaldi, referring to senior police officer Gerald Goines. 

“Obviously, the accusations are very, very serious and it is very, very disturbing, but it is not a reflection of the 5,200 brave men and women of the Houston Police Department who go out there and earn the trust of the community every time they interact with them,” 

Exactly. As many of us have said over and over again the actions of one should not reflect on the entire police force. Maybe instead of threatening all activists who want to hold the single individuals accountable, Gamaldi might want to reach out to them to understand why they are activists, apologize  for threatening them, and then resign as Union President.

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