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No Punishment for Texas Chief for Angry Tweets

May 22, 2013  | 

Photo via Austin PD/Facebook.
Photo via Austin PD/Facebook.
Austin (Texas) Police Chief Art Acevedo won't face punishment for calling a gun-rights supporter a "lying extremist" during a Twitter war.

Chief Acevedo, who has lobbied lawmakers to expand background checks for gun purchases in recent months, got into a heated debate with @JohnGaltTx, who had tweeted the chief.

"I love the fact that I have pushed the button of your lying extremist undeveloped brain," the chief tweeted, reports Twitchy. "Thank God for the rest of America!"

The chief later deleted the incendiary tweet, reports the Stateman.

Comments (11)

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Rick @ 5/23/2013 4:07 PM

This chief needs to be relived of duty and not rehired by any other department. There is no call for him to officially call names because someone stands up for their Constitutional rights.

Jkw @ 5/23/2013 4:15 PM

Careful Rick. In your quest to vilify the chief for denying someone his 2nd Amendment rights, you are seeking to deny him of his 1st.

Adrian Stroud @ 5/23/2013 6:12 PM

The Chief's got guts. But, would he be lenient with a Patrolman who did that?

therookie @ 5/23/2013 6:42 PM

Although I completely disagree with the Chief's views on firearms I can't believe how L.E. Agencies, Sports Leagues, etc. are suspended and/or fired for expressing their view. Whether in person, on an e-mail, or tweet. This is a fundamental 1st Amendment right. I do believe the division between Chiefs & Sheriffs show that Chiefs are appointed, and fear for their job if they don't lean left to appease the Mayor and/or City Counsel/Commissioners.

Tom Ret @ 5/23/2013 6:52 PM

A lot of people don't think expanded background checks sound unreasonable and they seem innocent on the surface. Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. As outlined in the brief by the sheriffs in Colorado in their suit, the instant check for example is anything but instant in many cases. Sometimes taking up to days for a response. The whole while, the FFL holder who is conducting private party sales or loans, is suppose to keep a constant vigil of the participants for as long as it takes for the instant check to come back and all for $10. The main problem with these laws is that the ones, like this chief, who want them implemented, have little or no firearms experience, street experience or common sense. Again, it will likely only affect law abiding citizens and make it more difficult to excise their rights whereas the criminal could care less in obeying any new law anymore than the current ones.

Tom Ret @ 5/23/2013 7:26 PM

change excise to exercise above

I will have to admit, the chief looks good in his uniform.

Jack Betz @ 5/23/2013 9:45 PM

"I love the fact that I have pushed the button of your lying extremist undeveloped brain," the chief tweeted, reports Twitchy. "Thank God for the rest of America!" Frankly, he has a better brain than you chief and I am glad I don't work for you.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/24/2013 11:27 AM

You cannot discipline someone for speaking the truth. The Chief was in the right.

Troop @ 5/27/2013 1:40 AM

I wonder if he would have hammered a line officer for making a pro gun tweet.

Sky @ 5/28/2013 8:41 AM

He's a former Californian just doing what they do when they get to Texas, trying to change Texas into California.

Troop @ 5/28/2013 4:41 PM

Good point sky. Now we know why he is anti gun and shady on the 2nd amendment.

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