After five Houston police officers were shot Monday afternoon while serving a narcotics warrant in southeast Houston, Houston Police Union President Joe Gamaldi blasted far-left activists for continuing to paint targets on the backs of police officers.
“I want to speak in behalf of the 5,200 officers in the Houston police department and the other 800,000 police officers who are working the streets every single day putting their lives on the line,” Gamaldi said during a press conference. “We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take out lives when all we are trying to do is protect this community and protect our families. Enough is enough.”
“And if you’re the ones out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we all got your number now. We’re going to be keeping track of all y’all. And we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers.”
.@houstonpolice Union President Joe Gamaldi on today's shooting that led to 5 officers being injured: "We are sick and tired of having targets on our backs" https://t.co/SlLYdRPnv6 #PRAYFORHPD pic.twitter.com/XIzrA0FFUX
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 29, 2019
Gamaldi, standing alongside Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, joined police officers and held hands in a circle, heads bowed in prayer led by an HPD chaplain outside the hospital. The mayor and chief also met with some of the officers’ families.
“This has been a tough day for this city,” Mayor Turner said. “Please pray for our police officers.”
The killings of police in the United States surged in 2018. More law enforcement officer, 144, died in the line of duty than in 2017, according to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Two of those officers shot in Houston Monday are in critical condition and underwent surgery and were critically injured after they were shot in the neck, according to KHOU.
The other two other officers are stable and are expected to make a full recovery. One of them, who was shot in the shoulder, was released from the hospital Monday night.
A fifth officer suffered a knee injury during the shootout and remains hospitalized.