’Choose sides’: Acevedo calls on politicians to act on gun legislation

Union calls remarks ‘offensive and inappropriate’


HOUSTON – Houston police Chief Art Acevedo vented his frustrations with politicians and their stances on gun legislation after one of his sergeants was killed in the line of duty during the weekend.

Sgt. Christopher Brewster, 32, was gunned down Saturday in east Houston while confronting a suspect in a domestic violence incident.

Investigators said a woman called to report that she was being assaulted by her boyfriend, who was armed with two guns. The boyfriend shot and killed Brewster when the sergeant found the couple walking down the street, investigators said.

Acevedo spoke to the media Monday outside the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office before officers escorted Brewster’s body to a funeral home.

The chief criticized Texas’ two Republican U.S. senators and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky) for failing to act on the Violence Against Women Act, which was passed by the U.S. House in April and has been sitting on the Senate’s legislative calendar ever since.

Acevedo said the bill calls for the removal of weapons from a person who abuses their partner or spouse. He said Republican politicians are afraid to act on the legislation because of the National Rifle Association.

“The NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends that abuse their girlfriends, and who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend,” Acevedo said. “So you’re either for women and children and our daughters and our sisters and our aunts, or you’re here for the NRA.”

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