Five police officers are recovering in Houston after being welcomed by gunfire during a raid on a suspected drug house. Police advocates in that metropolis are saying it has to stop.
On Monday afternoon, a team of undercover officers beat down the door of a southeast Houston home and were met with gunfire. Four of the officers were shot; one remains in critical condition. The two residents of the home were killed by return fire. Joe Gamaldi of Houston's Police Union says enough is enough.
Gamaldi: "And if you're the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy? Well, just know we've all got your number now. We're going to be keeping track of all y'all, and we're going to make sure we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We've had enough, folks."
Jim Pasco of the National Fraternal Order of Police says every police officer in every city in America is in danger when they put on the badge. "One thing there's no doubt of is the heroism of the police officers on the scene – and that's reflective of the heroism of police officers nationwide, every day," he tells OneNewsNow.
Gamaldi has hit a nerve, according to Pasco. He laments that law enforcement has been pushing into a headwind in America because of false narratives and fake news.
"[Gamaldi] really crystalizes the thinking of police officers across the country who've been putting up with the same thing – maybe not of the magnitude as what happened in Houston, but ... unnecessary and often unprovoked violence against police officers mindlessly," says Pasco.
He concludes by suggesting how to change that tone. First, avoid being on the wrong end of their firearms. They don't want to shoot anyone, says Pasco. Second, approach a police officer and just thank them. That, he says, means the world to them.