This is the report of another sad day in law enforcement. It is sad for every one of us who has ever worn a badge, strapped on a gun and left home to put our life on the line – not knowing if we would ever return.
On December 17, 2019, Houston Police Sergeant Christopher Brewster was mowed down as he went to investigate a domestic violence call. A call where someone reached out desperately for his help when they were being attacked.
A scum-sucking dirtbag fired on Sgt. Brewster as he exited his patrol car.
Ambushed – before he even made his approach.
Chris was 32 years old (just a kid, by my standards). He had 9 years on.
He left behind a wife and a loving family.
He didn’t come home that day.
It could have been me – or you.
Have you ever had a cop from your own agency killed in the line of duty? Someone you knew. You may have shared a toddy or two with him at the annual Christmas party. Maybe he was among a small group who had met for lunch – or a barley pop after the shift.
Have you ever been there?
When you first learn the news and for many of the days which follow, you feel like you had gotten kicked squarely in the nuts in a knock-down, drag-out fight and received a sucker-punched to the melon, as well. Add a staggering hangover to that list, too.
Then, there’s that stomach-ache which seemed to go on forever.
Pretty much every one you work with feels the same.
The crew is looking for a fix. But there is none. There is lots of anger. And tears.
You are shell-shocked as you go through the motions. Your family – especially your wife – wants to cheer you up. But, to no avail. They don’t understand and, thank God, they never will.
You wonder out loud when you’re with the other guys, when the pain will go away. Will life ever return to normal?
For the rest of your life, it seems like it just happened, yesterday.
THE TRUE LEADER
If you have the kind of chief whom you would follow to Hell and back, then you know this kind of behavior:
The Chief gathers his guys together. In private. He talks to you as though he is your father and your priest. He hugs you and holds you close – mentally and physically.
He is where no one but his family of cops can see or hear him.
He offers comforting words. He encourages you to remember the good times with the one you’ve lost. He suggests that you work through this by thinking of what the lost copper would say to you right now – if he could.
This chief nurtures your sense of Brotherhood and the love you share for one another in good times – and in bad.
HOUSTON’S HORSE’S ASS EMERGES
Instead of leading his troops, ‘Chief’ Acevedo walked out of the funeral home, stood on the sidewalk in the presence of many of his officers who were hurting, did the equivalent of this:
Here is what writer Holly Matkin wrote about the Acevedo tirade:
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo used the murder of Sergeant Christopher Brewster as an opportunity to bash the National Rifle Association (NRA) and multiple political leaders on Monday morning.
Chief Acevedo launched into a “5-minute rant on gun control” while standing outside the funeral home where the body of the slain sergeant had been taken, the Houston Police Officer’s Union (HPOU) later said in a memo to its members.
“I don’t want to hear about how much they support law enforcement,” the chief said of Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.
“I don’t want to hear about how much they care about lives and the sanctity of lives…I don’t want to see their little smug faces about how much they care about law enforcement when I’m burying a sergeant because they don’t want to piss off the NRA,” he said.
“Make up your minds!” he demanded. “Whose side are you on? Gun manufacturers? The gun lobby? Or the children who are getting gunned down in this country every single day?”
Chief Acevedo said that the reason lawmakers have not passed extensions of the Violence Against Women Act “is because the NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends who abuse their girlfriends.”
“Who killed our sergeant?” he asked. “A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend! So, you’re either here for women and children and our daughters, and our sisters, and our aunts, or you’re here for the NRA.”
Acevedo is not the leader of law enforcement officers. He is a politician – at best.
His focus is on setting himself up for his next job and gaining favor with the political elites.
He has shown absolutely no concern for his troops.
Fact is, he’s proven that he doesn’t even know or understand the men and women who work in his command.
No matter what the talking heads (like Acevedo) say on TV or the internet: most Street Cops oppose gun control. They understand these four words quite well, “Shall not be infringed.”
We value having good, solid, responsible and armed citizens around who save our ass when it’s being pounded into the ground by some no-good shithead.
IT IS AN INSULT
Giving Acevedo the CopBlue Horse’s Ass Award is really an insult to horses, everywhere.
This is part of the union’s response which was sent to its members:
“We are all grieving for Chris and the focus should be on him and his family and not on the Chief’s agenda. If the Chief would like to make political statements there are plenty of opportunities to run for office, but in the meantime he should focus on running the 5th largest department in the country, instead of his misplaced activism.”
Their words are far more restrained than mine would have been in similar circumstances.
These officers are hurting – and hurting badly. Yet, they still report for duty. The put on their body armor, strap on their gun and pin on their badge as they go out on the streets of Houston to protect the good people who live there.
They deserve – and badly need – a leader sitting in the Chief’s office. Not some guy who is more concerned with planning the details of a well-paid retirement from cop work to make a lateral move into politics.
Hopefully, Acevedo will be more loyal to the voters who may elect him than he has shown to the men who have pledged to take a bullet for him without question.
And we wonder about the sad state of:
- Trying to recruit new cops.
- The reason officers who have been on long enough are retiring in droves.
- Why good cops are leaving cop work for other professions or other agencies.
- Why 228 good cops committed suicide in 2019.
Mr. Acevedo (I won’t address him as ‘Chief’ because he’s shown that he doesn’t warrant the respect the title brings) represents part of the critical plague facing American law enforcement today: FAILED LEADERSHIP.
At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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