We thank God for enabling us to make another stop on this journey. The journey from slavery to freedom than to equality is a daunting journey. We know that strong minds break strong chains and when we stand up, oppressors fall from our backs. But today, our mission is not merely looking in the mirror at ourselves and assessing personal behavior. These surveys or questionnaires that have been circulated are motors which assess and are directed personally towards Chief Hurtt and not professionally towards the good job that Chief Hurtt is doing. Today, we struggle with a tug of war for the soul of the Houston Police Department. Mayor White has concluded that Houston is fortunate to have an experienced and respected police chief who has been recognized by his peers as a national leader in law enforcement. In our eyes, chief Hurtt has brought increased levels of professionalism, accountability and productivity to the Houston Police department and continues to do so. We must be long-distance runners and over-time players. Chief Hurtt is a long-distance runner. He needs over-time players. One-lap runners, glass-jaw fighters, tender heads, fragile hearts can’t survive. The men and women of the Houston Police Department and the citizens of Houston are the and will be the true winners and must survive the curves and potholes in the road. There are many agenda’s in law enforcement and the actual running of a large law enforcement agency. Daily I receive many complaints regarding how do many of my members survive the culture acts of racism and discriminatory treatment. I always remind them of that daunting journey that no one is exempt from fighting, no one regardless of color has to fight for righteous and learn to control the ignorant. It my hopes that Chief Hurtt will realize were his allies really stand.

J.M.”Smokie” Phillips, Jr.President
Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League


  1. Anonymous July 19, 2006 10:36 am 

    Right on Smokie, you are truly a real freedom fighter…..Perhaps Cheif Hurtt will realize his true color.

  2. Anonymous July 19, 2006 2:02 pm 

    Mr. Phillips keep up the good work you do. I have seen you a many of times with many African-American leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Minister Louis Farrakhan. I saw you during the unity march for equal funding at TSU years ago. I truly realize that their is alot of racism in Harris County law enforcement, but why does anyone address the questionable killings of 8 black men by white sheriff’s deputies?

    Why do not any one address the questionable killings of a white deputy who killed two black men in one week?

    So perhaps you can look into that. I know a lot of white people hate your guts and their are many black folks (law enforcement officer) that hate you too, but keep up the good work, because we need people like you that cares about his people as much as you do, even though years ago, it was black folks that tried to have you put in jail……

  3. Anonymous July 20, 2006 7:54 am 

    As always, someone has to make this a race issue when it is not!

  4. Anonymous July 21, 2006 8:06 am 

    “slaves, chains, oppression.” What a joke you make yourself to be. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, THE LAST TWO CHIEFs AND A GOOD NUMBER OF THE COMMAND STAFF IS BLACK. What the hell do you want? DOes being black give you carte blanch to screw everything up?

    And while you defend this inept “leader,” the ones who suffer are the blacks in the inner city. No one in Kingwood, where the Chief lives, has been murdered.

  5. Anonymous July 29, 2006 1:06 am 

    Personal feelings towards Smoky aside (he’s one of the nicest guys in the world), what does he know about HPD’s top cop? I know his group has issues with management at Harris County but that doesn’t translate into his being knowledgable about HPD.

    I challenge any of you to work under the conditions imposed by current HPD management; their police academy is hurting (pun intended) for lack of qualified candidates. They hire regardless of color and it would be an opportunity to improve the community but keep in mind that you’ll be working for a man that nitpicks small issues while allowing the bigger issues to fester needlessly. If Smoky really wants to work for the man, he and several hundred of his fellow deputies are welcome to apply though.

  6. Anonymous August 1, 2006 2:25 pm 

    Well Smokie has loss his mind. How can he support a Chief that’s damn near as inept as the Sheriff. He fires no only blacks, hurrily but whites and hispanics.

    Hurrt should pack his bags just as Tommy Thomas and perhaps people like Smokie, who support this nam can fight other battles. Smokie you are a cool dude and trust me, I will stand with you any day, but with Chief Hurrt, send him back home………..

    Freedom Fighter 101

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