Houston police chief Art Acevedo’s curt advice to US President Donald Trump is that he should shut if he has nothing constructive to say as he condemned Trump for suggesting that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and urging governors to quell mass protests across the nation.

In a report carried by Hindustan Times in New Delhi and the Associated Press (AP) late on June 4, 2020, he urged governors to get tough on the violent protests, bash heads and detain protesters after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd grew up in Houston.

“Let me just say this to the President of the United States, on behalf of the police chiefs of this country: Please, if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut,” Acevedo said while speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“This is not about dominating. It is about winning hearts and minds. And let’s be clear, we do not want to confuse kindness with weakness. We don’t want ignorance to ruin what we have managed to do to restore normalcy,” Acevedo said. He quoted the Hollywood film Forrest Gump’s main character, saying “if you don’t have anything to say, don’t say it.” Acevedo concluded: “Because that’s the basic tenet of leadership and we need leadership now more than ever.. and it’s time to be presidential and not try to be like on The Apprentice. This is not Hollywood, this is real life and real lives at risk.”

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