Houston Police Officer’s Union Statement On The Wrong Home SWAT Raid

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 5 months ago

Via Gryphon, Zero Hedge:

We are sick and tired of having dirtbags try to take our lives when all we are trying to do is protect this community and protect our families…

Well just know, we all got your number now.

We are going to be keeping track of all of ya’ll, and we’re going to make sure we hold you accountable. Every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks.

We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families. Enough is enough. Now please, keep these officers in your prayers.

No narcotics were found.  There were no criminals there.  The raid was based on a prank or mistaken tip, or an intentional lie.

We’ve rehearsed this before, but let’s do it again for good measure.  A man’s home is his castle.  This is called Castle Doctrine, and it is well known, coming from English common law, which is at its root based on the Holy Scriptures.

A man has a right to defend against home invasion.  No one can know if a home invasion is being conducted by cops or someone pretending to be cops (see also this).  It is irresponsible and most likely deadly to lay down, disarm and obey orders when someone comes banging on your door in preparation for a home invasion.  Someone doing that can’t be trusted, regardless of who it is.

This man was defending his home, nothing more, nothing less.  The Houston police know that, they just don’t like guns in the hands of anyone other than cops.

Furthermore, there are other ways to conduct police investigations.  I do not support or believe in the so-called “war on drugs,” or a war on anything in America.  I think I’m in good company.  The founders opposed a standing army or requirements to quarter troops.  But in spite of this opposition, the notion that without SWAT raids the police will lose evidence is a lie and a red herring.

They can stake out homes, enter them when no one is there, arrest perpetrators in driveways in the daylight, deploy investigations instead of would-be soldier-boys who have never served overseas.  By the way, my son despises the concept of men dressing in tactical garb and busting in doors who lack the courage and have never flown across the pond to do it for real.  Do it in Fallujah like my son did and then maybe I’ll have some respect for you.

In this particular case, the cops weren’t protecting anyone from anything, nothing was accomplished except murder, and the cops have given more reason for people not to trust them for anything under the sun.  It was an abject failure from start to finish.  But then, I’ve outlined hundreds of such failures before, so this is nothing new.

But the Houston Police Officer’s Union response above was given by President Joe Gimaldi, and in his response we learn the most useful information in the whole failure.  “Well just know, we all got your number now.  We are going to be keeping track of all of ya’ll, and we’re going to make sure we hold you accountable. Every time you stir the pot on our police officers.”

Other than being stolid and stilted prose suitable for only an elementary school student, these are threats.  The attitude is thuggish and gang-like.  It’s full of hate and vengeance and threats of retaliation, just like the Crips, Bloods or MS13.  “Stirring the pot” can’t be interpreted any other way than speaking one’s mind.  So in other words, we can conclude that Mr. Gilmaldi only supports the first amendment with the stipulation that cops aren’t criticized.

So much for his oath.  He and Art Acevedo deserve each other.


  1. On February 7, 2019 at 4:30 am, J said:

    Dearest No Knock SWATy SOF Wannabe Q Failures…
    When you behave Uncivilized..
    A Uncivilized Response is the Proper Action.

    Rex Applegate

  2. On February 7, 2019 at 6:29 am, Matt said:

    If you take away the trappings and rituals of officialdom, there is little to no difference between police and common street thugs. They’re both going around armed and threatening people with deadly force if they don’t submit to their demands.

  3. On February 7, 2019 at 7:41 am, Andy said:

    you are right that they did not investigate the info.
    if they thought someone was selling drugs, then do a little investigation to see if that is true.
    send an undercover officer to buy from the place.
    do a little observation.
    but the door-busting attacks are for those situations where known violent criminals are present and will not surrender when given the chance.

  4. On February 7, 2019 at 9:17 am, Sean said:

    Or maybe the best way to stop this from happening so often is to end the stupid ‘War on (some) Drugs’.

  5. On February 7, 2019 at 9:19 am, Frank Clarke said:

    “Do it in Fallujah like my son did and then maybe I’ll have some respect for you.

    In this particular case, the cops weren’t protecting anyone from anything, nothing was accomplished except murder, and the cops have given more reason for people not to trust them for anything under the sun. It was an abject failure from start to finish.”

    This would be an interesting jumping-off place. I’d get permanently banned for my reaction to it, but it might be worth it to get various brain cells reactivated…

  6. On February 7, 2019 at 10:30 am, George said:

    This is the way law enforcement behaves now. They make a huge mistake and then they must bring out their PR apparatus to justify their actions and to paint the victims in as bad a light as possible.

    The eventual lawsuit should include defamation of character. We just had the police union call them “dirtbags.” From all the evidence we see they were not “dirtbags.”

    Also police should be required to wear body cams. All the arguments against them seem like nonsense.

  7. On February 7, 2019 at 10:32 am, Heywood said:

    @Frank Clark

    Sorry, I’m not the brightest bulb in the lamp but I have absolutely no idea what you are saying. So you have a comment, but aren’t going to share it? Why in the name of Zeuses butthole did you post in the first place?

  8. On February 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm, revjen45 said:

    1) “Well just know, we all got your number now. We are going to be keeping track of all of ya’ll, and we’re going to make sure we hold you accountable. Every time you stir the pot on our police officers.”

    Translation: We are THE POLICE and we will beat, shoot, and kill the Mundanes as we see fit. Anybody who doesn’t like it will be the guest of honor at a guns blazing door stuffing party.

    2) Body cams: When they aren’t wearing them anything they say is not to be believed.

  9. On February 7, 2019 at 12:59 pm, June J said:

    As a southerner and a Texan, the use of the word “y’all” by a transplanted New Yorker trying to make himself seem to be something other than a modern Yankee carpetbagger disgusts me.
    “Houston in the greatest city in the world?” He officer Gimaldi, have you seen the crime stats for Houston, do you pay attention to the daily mayhem in the city of Houston.
    Take your NYC gun grabbing back to whence you came. And his Kommifornia bred gun grabbing boss Acevedo can go back there as well.
    Hey Joe, I’m just up the road from you in Dallas, are you gonna come “get me” too because I think you’re an asshole?

  10. On February 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm, Gryphon said:

    “Well just know, we all got your number now. We are going to be keeping track of all of ya’ll, and we’re going to make sure we hold you accountable. Every time you stir the pot on our police officers.”

    That a ‘public official’ said something even Vaguely Threatening is bad enough, but what is Implicit Here is that anyone who Criticizes the thugpigs in a Public Forum (City Council Meeting, Newspaper, ‘social media’) is going to be Identified and there Vehicle Description/License Plate will be ‘shared’ on some thugpig ‘twiiter account’, and the thugpigs will “Be on the Lookout” for them, to hand them bullshit Tickets and try and Goad them into responding in a Hostile manner so they can be Shot Down like those two Home Invasion Victims.

    People like Gimaldi and Acevedo are No Better than the MS-13 Cockroaches.

  11. On February 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm, Chris Mallory said:

    “An HPD Detective involved in the botched Harding Street Raid that resulted in multiple Officers being injured and two citizens being killed has been relieved of duty as the investigation continues”


  12. On February 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm, Scott in Phx said:

    Arm the teachers, disarm the cops.

    Not a few totally innocent people, a slew of minor criminals, and a LOT of family pets will get to live.

    Let the police call for help from among the armed citizens around them if they need arms to affect an arrest etc.

    THAT would be “community policing”.

  13. On February 8, 2019 at 6:35 pm, Petepeterson said:

    Anytime someone righteously fights back (and invariably loses), the cops get to point and the corpse and say, “See, we were right about this one. Extremely dangerous. Thank God for the Red Flag laws…”

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