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