Back when Art Acevedo was police chief in Austin, he often made questionable calls, particularly in regard to what public information would be withheld from the public.
He was a prickly potentate behind his shiny badge and incongruous general’s stars, threatening to sue his social media critics for libel. In other words, he was more politician than cop.
Now that he’s moved up to the big time as chief of the Houston PD, he’s more pol than ever, backing gun control as the answer to school and other massacres. And, in typical Acevedo fashion, he’s dismissing opposing views as irrelevant. Possibly even libelous.
“Chief Acevedo, [Kevin] Williamson reminds us [in the Weekly Standard], is an appointed official, not an elected one. As such, it is not his place to offer judgments on the propriety of anyone else’s opinions on gun control, or anything else. Surely there are a good many people in Houston who do not share Acevedo’s beliefs, yet he presumes to tell them their opinions are of no consequence to him and should be ignored by lawmakers.”
The Acevedos of the world need to climb down from their high horses before they’re dragged down by the very people whose views they disdain.
UPDATE: Acevedo is threatening to sue again, this time the NRA’s spokeswoman Dana Loesch who responds: “It’s surreal to see a chief reacting to free speech this way.” That’s Acevedo. What an ass!