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Don’t put another handcuff on police, says HPD’s Chief Acevedo on Bathroom Bill

Police chiefs from Texas’ largest cities are decrying the bill as it is being discussed at the Teas Legislature special session.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo talks about Texas Senate Bill 4, also known as SB4 or Sanctuary Cities law, on the first panel of the Latino Town Hall bay Houston Public Media and Univision, on July 21st, 2017.

Police chiefs from Texas’ largest cities are decrying the so-called bathroom bill being debated in the special session of the Legislature, saying it will make the state less safe and waste their time.

Officials from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and El Paso gathered at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. The Senate began debating requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates.

The chiefs said they’d not found examples of restroom-related sexual assaults and that forcing them to combat non-existent crime will increase discrimination and make Texas more dangerous.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo noted that state lawmakers ignored law enforcement opposition while recently passing a “sanctuary cities” law allowing police to inquire about peoples’ immigration status. He urged the Legislature “don’t put another handcuff” on police.

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