Houston – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during Wednesday’s remarks that a Houston police officer, in his own time, attended a Trump rally in Washington and then “penetrated” the U.S. Capitol building last week.
An investigation is underway and Acevedo said he was “highly confident” to face federal charges. He is now on administrative leave, Acevedo said.
“There is no excuse for criminal activity, especially from police,”; Acevedo said. “I cannot tell you the anger I feel in the minds of police and other police officers who think they will invade. Entering a government agency or member of the military or the Secret Service So our commitment here in the Houston area is always on the line of law. And it hurts me to report that we have that officer. And I would like to announce it here because it’s true. And I am trying to rest on Sunday night, I received an email with me and a member of this community sent me a picture showing how the authorities are doing everything with the Trump flag off the page and the first thing I do I go. Go to that person’s Facebook, confirm that it is one of our staff there. Please note that everyone has the First Amendment right to participate in the First Amendment activity. But first, I want to make sure that they are not doing anything illegal and I can tell you that there is a high probability that this person is. Was charged by the federal government and rightly “
A source told KPRC, an official named Tam Dinh Pham, a KPRC 2 source said he was stripped of his duties this morning.
Acevedo said Pham served the department for 18 years and had no disciplinary issues before. The boss said he traveled alone to Washington.
Law enforcement agencies told Channel 2 to investigate that they are investigating other individuals in the southern Texas area over their involvement in the attack on the US agency. The source said none of the audited members were members of law enforcement.
A criminal charge is expected to be brought against a person allegedly involved in leaving Washington, D.C., as the centerpiece for a larger investigation. Local federal agencies, however, are supporting the investigation process.
The HPD trade union said it expected KPRC Pham’s resignation on Thursday.
Acevedo said he learned that officials could be involved on Sunday and reported the information to the FBI and began a joint investigation.
The boss said he had notified staff for 48 hours to meet with him.
“Let’s see if he’s coming,” Acevedo said. “There’s no excuse. (For this story), especially from the police. “
KPRC 2 is working to receive more information about this officer and will report what we know as soon as we can confirm.
Acevedo said while answering questions about public safety ahead of any planned or unplanned rallies in the city leading up to the presidential inauguration next week.
Acevedo said there was no threat to Houston or the county. But he described the region as a hotbed of activities for right-wing nationalists and hate groups.
The chief said, effective Friday at 6:00 am, officials will be making adjustments to the “All Hands on Deck” gestures in the area, and officers will not be able to stop further until January 20. Take a position
Airports are especially well worth knowing.Acevedo said local airports will not become a protest zone and will maintain a safe environment.
“If you start acting stupid, you will be asked to leave,” he said.
The department is investigating social media and asking residents to report what they saw to local authorities and the FBI.
“Don’t look down,” Acevedo said, “report.”
This is an evolving story.
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