God Squad I:

Declaration of Independence Not Your Personal Prop, Chief Acevedo

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Declaration of Independence Not Your Personal Prop, Chief Acevedo
It takes unmitigated gall of the most classic kind to toss God Almighty into the Gun Rights mix, and that’s what Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo had when he appointed himself ‘Supreme God Squad One’ within hours of the Santa Fe High School massacre, which claimed 10 student lives and injuring 10 more, including John Barnes, a retired Houston police officer who was working as a high school resource officer at Santa Fe High.

“God hasn’t instructed me to believe that Gun Rights are bestowed by him” is Chief Acevedo’s take on the latest shooting, somewhat akin to someone bringing a fully-rigged fire truck to an annual water fight staged by little gaffers squirting off water pistols.


Down through the ages people (some of them pastors) have taken the words of the Almighty out of context.  Now it’s a police chief.

Acevedo wrote:

“To all my Facebook friends. Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve shed tears of sadness, pain and anger. (Breitbart, May 19, 2018)

“I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue. Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do. My feelings won’t be hurt if you de-friend me and I hope yours won’t be if you decide to post about your views and I de-friend you.”

Perhaps the police chief doesn’t know that posting anything about guns on Facebook is akin to shooting blanks at targets.

“He continued: “I have never accepted the status-quo in anything I do and I’ve never accepted defeat. And I won’t do it now. I will continue to speak up and will stand up for what my heart and my God commands me to do, and I assure you he hasn’t instructed me to believe that gun-rights are bestowed by him.” (Breitbart)

If the Houston Police Chief think he’s “hit rock bottom”, it’s nothing like the “rock bottom” where the loved ones of the victims of the horrific Santa Fe massacre now find themselves.

It was with unmitigated gall, too that Acevedo would use the words of America’s Founding Fathers to make his point that “God has yet to confirm to him the origin of our gun rights”:

“It is worth noting that our Founding Fathers declared independence in 1776 based on the conviction that our natural rights flow from God, not government. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“It was under this declaration of rights from our Creator that our Founding Fathers pledged to “each other [their] Lives, [their] Fortunes and [their] sacred Honor.”

Exactly, Chief Acevedo, but what about you?

“Art Acevedo was sworn-in as Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) on November 30, 2016.

Chief Acevedo leads a department of 5,200 sworn law enforcement officers and 1,200 civilian support personnel with an annual general fund budget of $825 million in the fourth largest city in the United States. (Chief Art Acevedo’s Page, Houston Police Department)

Some, if allowed, would add to his bio that Art Acevedo swore off the Second Amendment within hours of the Santa Fe shootings in a Facebook post.

“Chief Acevedo was all smiles at a press conference at Houston’s city hall as the mayor announced him as the new police chief there.” (CBS Austin, Nov. 17, 2016)

Little wonder:


“Former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo received around a 30% pay raise to move to the top position in the Houston Police Department, according to an official at Houston City Hall. (CBS Austin)

“Acevedo’s salary is now $280,000 a year, compared to $216,000 he made after his last contract renegotiation in Austin, which happened after Acevedo removed himself from contention in the search for a San Antonio Police chief in 2015.

“The former chief of the Houston Police Department, Charles McClelland, made $275,000 a year.”

It’s tough enough being a cop in the era of Black Lives Matter with so many police losing their lives on the job.

Some detractors say that “Acevedo’s approach… has alienated some officers, who say he “shoots from the hip” without thinking through his decisions and leaves staff scrambling to fulfill his mandates.”

Acevedo was described as a “world class” police chief when he was sworn in as Houston’s new police chief.

He would add much more class to his profile if he left off trying to self-promote himself as ‘God Squad I’.


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