Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Monday that President Trump should keep his mouth shut if he has nothing constructive to say about the protests over the police killing of George Floyd.
“On behalf of the police chiefs in this country, if you don’t have anything constructive to say, keep your mouth shut,” Acevedo told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, in response to audio of the president demanding governors “dominate” protesters.
“Because you’re putting men and women in their early 20s at risk,” he added. “It’s not about dominating, it’s about winning hearts and minds. And let’s be clear, we do not want people to confuse kindness with weakness, but we do not want ignorance to ruin what we’ve got here in Houston.”
Acevedo called remaining silent unless one has something constructive to add “the basic tenets of leadership, and we need leadership now more than ever. And it hurts me to know end because whether we vote for someone or we don’t vote for someone, it’s still our president, but it’s time to be presidential and not try to be like you’re on ‘The Apprentice.’”
“This is not Hollywood, this is real life, and real lives are at risk,” he added.
Houston Police Chief @ArtAcevedo: “There is no excusing a police officer putting his knee and keeping it on the neck of a man calling for mercy and calling for his momma… We stand with the Floyd family… we’re going to stand with them and march with them until they get justice.” pic.twitter.com/vh7bfPbOA0
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 1, 2020