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A hand salute to Art Acevedo Houston Police Chief

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By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

A hand salute to Houston, Texas police chief from this retired veteran. I was delighted to hear Chief Art Acevedo on CNN lecturing Trump on how to be a good leader in a time of national crisis by saying, “if you don’t have something constructive to say, please keep your mouth shut.” Most public officials prefer to go with the flow or stay on the sideline but not Chief Acevedo.

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo marches with protesters. credit(www.chron.com)

Hopefully by giving Trump a lesson in the basic machinery of government, Trump will stop blasting governors and mayors and then telling them what they can and can not do.

On May 1st, Trump supported the armed protesters who had stormed the Michigan Capitol demanding the state lift Coronavirus restrictions. He tweeted that “these are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely!”

On May 31st, Trump called people protesting the injustice in America as,” looters, thugs, radical left, lowlife and scums” and he threatened rioter with ” vicious dog and ominous weapons.” It is worth noting here that hundreds of American police officers have been trained by Israeli army and police force that have terrorized Palestinians and violated their human rights violations for the last 72 years. Basically, that is where US police officers learn how to handle crowd control. Simply put, ” shoot first and ask questions later.”

Sadly this week, the president told governors they have to go arrest people and put them in jail for 10 years. He then has the nerve of ordering a peaceful protest dispersed using tear gas and rubber bullets so he could get pose with the a Bible for a photographs standing in front of Church next to the White House. Meanwhile, people from Berlin to Iran and from London to Brazil were marching in solidarity with the protesters’ demands. It was heartwarming to see a huge striking mural of George Floyd painted on a wall by two Syrian artists in the Syrian city of Idlib, with the caption “I can’t breath.”

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Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun painted this mural on the only standing wall of a bombed building to memorialize Floyd. (Fox7 auston.com)

Chief Acevedo has the courage to stand up to the President and give him some of his medicine when he told him to either come up with something constructive and helpful or “zip it” (my words, not his). Sometimes, I wonder what would it take of Trump’s “worshippers” to wise up to this con man. Horns growing out of his head?

Finally, I have confessed that I watched the interview with the Chief several times and I could not get enough of it. The Chief was a straight-shooter and went to the heart of the subject. It gave me hope that America’s better days are ahead. 

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