By: Paige Hubbard
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo held a press conference after Texas Governor Gregg Abbott sent out a tweet about Jazmine Barnes’s death, which sparked national attention.
Govenor Abbott’s tweet read;
“I want to start off by saying I’m glad that the governor acknowledged the death of Jazmine in Harris County, not in the city of Houston. I’m glad he’s paying attention and I’m also hopeful with the legislative session starting that we are going to do something about gang violence, said Chief Acevedo in his address to the press.”
Chief says gang violence is not limited to the city of Houston and it is something that afflicts most major cities across the U.S.
He also talked about how the current political climate weighs heavily on border security, but if you look closely at the data, the public safety threat is not on the border it’s on the streets of our cites.
“I had my planning and analysis division do some research into this so-called violence on the border and I can tell you that compared to the big cities in this country the violence is occurring in our cities and not the border,” Chief continued.
Chief says rather than having political rhetoric or focusing on demonization of immigrants,he hopes that the governor will focus on distributing limited resources towards initiatives that will help combat gang violence.
“Could you imagine if we could take a fraction of $1 billion and correct me if I’m wrong but I believe we spent close to a billion state dollars on this surge, if you could give me a fraction of that we could do so much here in Houston and other big cities,” Chief ended.
He also talked about implementing things like universal backgrounds checks when purchasing firearms and having systems in place that identifies domestic violence suspects. He belives those changes would make a tremendous impact on decreasing crime in our city and nationwide.
He ended the press confrecne by saying “lawmakers must become laser focus on crime-fighting rather than investing.”