“This is not Hollywood, real lives are at risk. It’s about winning hearts and minds, not ‘dominating'”
Houston police chief Art Acevedo has issued a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump and accused the US president of putting young people’s lives at risk by inflaming the situation as people across the US pour into the streets in protest at the murder of George Floyd and the racism shown toward people of colour.
Acevedo was responding to Trump’s posturing threat to send in troops against the country’s own citizens if cities and states do not respond to his liking – and the police chief pulled no punches, telling Trump to shut his mouth if he can’t do better:
Acevedo went on to accuse Trump of ignoring “the basic tenets of leadership” with his interventions that ‘ruin’ what he and his colleagues are trying to achieve – and even went so far as to imply that those angry with Trump’s lack of concern for the “disproportionality” of US society should get to the voting booth and remove him in the next election.
It was a must-watch response that showed all the dignity and restraint that Trump so obviously lacks. Perhaps some UK police chiefs could take a leaf out Mr Acevedo’s book when it comes to responding to the nonsense of Boris Johnson, his ministers and advisers.
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