Slap down of Houston Police Union President, Joe Gamaldi

In the words of Hank Hill, that boy ain’t right.

Houston Police Union President, Joe Gamaldi, is sowing discontent between the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney’s office. (More about that later) It’s probably because he is trying to divert attention away from his ill advised press conference after the botched raid resulting in 4 Police Officers being shot. Here’s the story from Click 2 Houston:

After the botched raid, while our officers were recovering in the hospital, Gamaldi went on a tirade blaming activists. Here is what he said:

“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.”

Police Chief Acevedo, in an email, clarified and denounced Gamaldi’s statements:

 I made it clear that President Gamaldi represents the HPOU and that I, as the Chief of Police, along with my executive team, run the Houston Police Department.  I also stated that activists should not be painted with a broad brush nor should the Houston Police Department be painted with a broad brush due to the comments of one person.  Rather, the Houston Police Department should be judged by the body of its work as performed by its leaders, officers and support staff.  The 5200 professionals that make up the Houston Police Department work tirelessly to build relationships with the community, including our activist community.  The Houston Police Department is not “keeping track” or “targeting” activists.

The fallout from the botched raid is going to be felt for a long time. Cases have been dismissed due to the actions of the Police Officer responsible for the botched raid. Indictments are sure to follow. Gamaldi ought to do everyone a favor, let our HPD do their jobs, and shut the hell up for a while.

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