HOUSTON – Houston Police chief Art Acevedo stands in solidarity with those outraged by the death of George Floyd, a Houston-native who was killed while in police custody.
As protests emerge across the country and in Houston, Acevedo said he has marched with the protestors, including rappers Trae the Truth and Bun B in the Third Ward, where Floyd grew up.
“We have a man, a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a Houstonian and a child of God that was killed by servants, that suppose to be servants of God,” Acevedo said in an emotional speech at a local church Sunday. “They showed no mercy when they put their knee on his neck.”
Acevedo said he understands why people are protesting. Videos show a police officer kneeling in Floyd’s neck while other officers assisted and George told officers he could not breathe.
“For every Black mother, brother, sister, uncle, cousin, they saw their family in George’s face," Acevedo said.
“We don’t fear speaking the truth because we are doing God’s work. We are covered by the holy spirit. We don’t fear when people are angry because we join them when they are angry.”
Acevedo, who was sworn in as HPD chief in November 2016 and previously serving nine years as the Chief of the Austin Police Department, changed his profile picture on Twitter to a picture of Floyd.