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WATCH: Sanctuary Cities Law Will Set Up Police Officers For Failure, Says HPD’s Art Acevedo

Houston Police Department’s Chief Art Acevedo has a very strong opinion about the recently passed  Sanctuary Cities law, or SB4: He doesn’t like it.

“Police labor unions and police chiefs and sheriffs are very much opposed to SB4”, Acevedo stresses during an interview with Houston Public Media. The reason, he explains, is that they are worried that the law “sets the wrong tone.”

The Sanctuary Cities law, which is scheduled to be implemented starting September but already faces legal challenges, has generated anxiety and fear in the immigrant community because it allows police and sheriff officers to ask for people’s status when they are simply detained, not even arrested. 

This, Acevedo says, “creates a higher possibility of police officers being accused of racial profiling and the HPD can not tolerate racial profiling.” So, the chief highlights, “this policy, and this law, will set up police officers for failure.”

Watch the complete interview:

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