Activist Chief Fires Hero Police Officers

Campaign Created by: Chris Andersen
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The funds from this campaign will be received by Sgt. Benjamin Leblanc, Luis Alvarado, Omar Tapia, Patrick Rubio.


Goal : $100,000

Raised : $81,890

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On April 21st 2020, Houston Police Officers Luis Alvarado, Omar Tapia, Patrick Rubio along with Sgt. Benjamin LeBlanc, responded to a “Suicide in Progress”. When these officers arrived, Nicolas Chavez was found stabbing himself with a sharp object over and over again. In an attempt to save his life, officers deployed multiple rounds with 2 different bean bag shotguns - used to incapacitate a person from long distance. Three different Taser guns were used in hopes that he would drop the knife and comply. Mr. Chavez refused to drop the knife. 

At one point Mr. Chavez charged officers with the knife, forcing them to discharge their firearms. During this chaos, an Officer’s Taser was dropped on the ground and she tried to kick it under a car. Mr. Chavez then picked up the Taser gun and pointed it at the officers forcing them again to discharge their duty weapons at him. Mr. Chavez would later succumb to his injuries. Mr. Chavez was clearly wanting to end his life, either by his hands or by the hands of Officers and at several different times begged officers to charge him. 

A thorough investigation was completed and the case was forwarded to the department’s administrative discipline committee. This committee is comprised by 4 citizens and 7 members of the department all chosen by the Mayor and Chief of Police. Being chosen by the administration, the members of this discipline committee typically lean towards harsher discipline. The police union selects one officer on the committee. 6 out of the 10 committee members present said that the officers actions were justified and they should not be disciplined - among the 6 members were all 4 civilians. 3 members recommended some discipline and/or further training. The only member that voted to fire the officers was the Assistant Chief over ADC, who is not only placed on the committee by the chief but also appointed to his rank by the Chief, and was likely given orders from Chief Acevedo about how to vote in the committee. 

The case then went to the Independent Police Oversight board, IPOB. IPOB is comprised of citizens selected by the mayor and Chief Acevedo to review discipline cases. Not only did all members of the IPOB vote to exonerate these officers of wrongdoing, but they wrote Chief Acevedo a 14 page letter explaining their actions and criticizing the Chief for not providing more training to the officers before this incident. 

Activist Chief Hubert Acevedo, fired all 4 officers for purely political reasons. These are 4 hard working officers that put their own lives on the line when they attempted to save Mr. Chavez’s life so that they could take him to get psychiatric care. They pleaded with him for 15 minutes to surrender peacefully and utilized every non-lethal weapon at their disposal. These officers have all been fired and have no source of income and will be under intense scrutiny from a very dishonest media. Please help support these heroes and show your support for GOOD police officers.


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