Houston police chief asks Donald Trump to keep his mouth shut
Texas : The police chief of the Houston city in the US state of Texas has told the President Donald Trump to keep his mouth shut over George Floyd death. This comes after Trump's asked governors to act or US military will be deployed to stop the violence over murder of an African American at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Houston Police chief Art Acevedo’s reaction came after Trump, who last week tweeted "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," urged governors to get tough on the violent protests following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody in Minneapolis.
Violent protests have been registered across the United States with mob attacking and vandalizing stores as well as police property.
“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,” Acevedo said while peaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
On Monday, Donald Trump during a video conference had told the mayors that they are weak and not able to control the protests, suggesting that they use the National Guard to “dominate” protesters.
“You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate,” Trump said on the call, according to reports.
Acevedo also accusing Trump of putting men and women in their early 20s at risk.
“This is not about dominating. It is about winning hearts and minds. And let’s be clear, we do not want to confuse kindness with weakness. We don’t want ignorance to ruin what we have managed to do to restore normalcy,” the Houston Police chief said.
Acevedo quoted from the Hollywood film Forrest Gump, saying “if you don’t have anything to say, don’t say it.”