The Houston Police Officer's Union often criticizes Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee as she runs for Mayor of Houston. That's fine. They have every right to do that.
What they don't appear to criticize is rallies where anti-democratic Donald Trump uses Texas Department of Public Safety officers and border patrol officers as props or the openly-stated intent of Donald Trump to take authoritarian powers if back in the White House.
The national Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump in 2020. With Trump threatening democracy, are HPOU officials talking to the national FOP to say they'll oppose another endorsement of Trump in 2024?
There is no public safety without democracy. How would people in the most diverse city in America be safe in a second Trump term? How would people of opposing political views be safe in a second Trump term?
The top law enforcement official in Texas is the Attorney General Ken Paxton. HPOU supported Mr. Paxton in 2022. Mr. Paxton appears to represent what law and order looks like in the view of the HPOU.
The people of Houston and Harris County have a right to be safe from the political right. The top domestic security threat to our nation is a Republican Party led by Donald Trump. Each day affords the HPOU the opportunity to consider the proper course.
As authoritarian threats come closer to reality, the people of Houston and Harris County must evaluate who will keep them safe.
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I'm Neil Aquino