Houston’s Police Chief has said the US President is putting young men and women protesters ‘at risk’ in response to his calls for police authorities to ‘dominate’ Black Lives Matter protesters. Chief Art Acevedo made the comments when speaking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
Reacting to Trump’s warning of deploying the military to stop the looting and arson, Acevedo in an interview to CNN said, “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.”
“Let me just say this to the president of the United States on behalf of the police chiefs in this country. Please, if you don’t have anything constructive to say, keep your mouth shut. Because you’re putting men and women in their early 20s at risk,” Acevedo told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
“It’s not about dominating, it’s about winning hearts and minds,” the police chief continued, referencing Trump’s order earlier this week that governors should “dominate” anti-racism protesters.
Acevedo clarified that police did “not want people to confuse kindness with weakness, but we don’t want ignorance to ruin what we’ve got here in Houston.”