HPD Chief Art Acevedo’s statement on protest agitators doesn’t stand up to the KPRC 2 Trust Index

HPD Chief Art Acevedo’s statement on protest agitators doesn’t stand up to the KPRC 2 Trust Index
HPD Chief Art Acevedo’s statement on protest agitators doesn’t stand up to the KPRC 2 Trust Index

HOUSTON – George Floyd’s death and in the protests and marches that followed, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has been making the rounds on national media. But it’s what he’s saying closer to home that’s causing some concerns.

Controversial statements

In one video posted on social media, Acevedo is seen heatedly telling a crowd of people “pay close attention because these little white guys with their skateboards are the ones who are starting all the s***.”

And a day after protests got out of hand in Houston, the chief said this at a news conference at city hall:

“We’re seeing that there are people, who are not people of color, who are coming into this city and other cities to actually start agitating and actually engaging in violence.”

Searching for the truth

Channel 2 Investigates spent the past few days trying to find evidence to support Acevedo’s claim that a certain race of out-of-towners came to Houston to start trouble.

“Yeah, we looked into it,” said Houston Police Officers Union President Joe Gamaldi. “I’m not really sure why the chief is misleading the public, I’m not sure if he’s trying to make some sort of political statement.”