THE NEW FACE OF ACTIVISM IN HOUSTON!
HPD SGT. SHELBY STEWART STANDING UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES AND HELPING OTHERS!
You may not know him by name but his face has been popping up a lot on television as of late. He is HPD Sergeant Shelby Stewart. Stewart was a low profile Houston police officer for several years until a ruling came down in the department that affected him and his fellow African American police officers.
That ruling was no facial hair. Stewart says he and several other African American officers suffer from a sensitive skin condition that prevents them from shaving their beards and goatees. Those men refused to follow the department’s directive by removing their facial growth.
As a result of Stewarts defiance Chief Harold Hurtt took those officer out of uniform. That was more than 4 years ago. Stewart now goes to work everyday at the Houston police department’s jail in civilian clothing. He and those officers have filed a lawsuit against the department which will likely be tied up in the courts long after Hurtt is gone. But Stewart wants to send a point. You can’t trample over the rights and medical conditions of others.
That was then, now Stewart can be found tackling other civil rights issues. He formed an alliance with Millions More Movement leader Deric Muhammad.
Stewart first publicly made his presence known when Black activists came out against Mayor Bill White earlier this year. White purchased a newspaper ad for the King Holiday. That ad placed the Mayor between Dr. King and President Barack Obama. Stewart was there alongside Muhammad and Quanell X demanding an apology for what they called the Mayor’s lack of good judgment.
But that wasn’t Stewarts last public sighting. He was again before city council for the second time in two months on Wednesday with a noose hanging from his hands. He was there complaining about the discipline issued to a Houston fire captain who had a rope hanging in his locker.
Stewart has shocked many with his all so public activism. It’s very rare to see a man who’s on the police force speaking out on issues he feel is important.
So keep an eye out for the activist Sergeant. Cop by night and as Smokey Phillips would say freedom fighter by day!