This is glorious. The leader of Houston’s police union just shredded “dirtbags” and “cop haters” to pieces and it was brilliant.
This was long overdue and it’s about time the country hears this. During a press conference early Monday evening outside Memorial Hermann Hospital, Joe Gamaldi put anyone caught stirring anti-law enforcement rhetoric in the community on notice.
“We are sick and tired of having targets on our back,” Gamaldi said. “We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families.”
Gamaldi said while we live in the greatest city in the world, there are some who are fostering resentment against police in Houston.
“Enough is enough. If you’re the ones out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we’ve all got your number now,” Gamaldi said. “We’re going to be keeping track on all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure to hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers.”
Five Houston police officers were shot, 3 Stable, 1 ‘In Fight But Stable,’ 1 Released after serving a warrant on Monday as CBS News Dallas-Fort Worth reports:
Five Houston police officers were injured in a shooting Monday while trying to serve a drug warrant in the southeast part of the city. Four of the officers were shot while the other suffered an injury during the exchange of gunfire.
The mood in the city was somber as people awaited for an update on the conditions of the officers who were shot in the line of duty late Monday afternoon. Some encouraging news came in the form of a press conference Tuesday morning as Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo gave an update on the conditions of the injured officers.
According to officials, two of the officers were shot in the face and went through surgery. Doctors at Memorial Hermann hospital told the media in the news conference that those two officers are in stable condition but that one of them will require additional surgery for facial reconstruction.
One of the officers shot in the face, who is expected to be released later in the week is a 50-year-old and 25-year veteran of the department.
The other officer shot in the face is 54 years old and 32-year veteran. At the news conference, Acevedo described him a “teddy bear” and a “strong ox” and said he’s been shot in the line duty twice during his career with the department. He was shot in 1992 and again in 1997.
One officer was also shot in the incident but all Acevedo could say was that officer is in a fight but is stable.
A 33-year-old officer and 10-year veteran with the force was shot in the shoulder but was released from the hospital late Monday evening.
Officials say one of five injured officers suffered a knee injury during the gun battle and wasn’t shot. That officer is also in stable condition. Acevedo says the officer is 50 years old and a 27-year veteran.