Houston Police Chief Indicates ‘More Threats’ Being Investigated Than Previously Thought Against Houston Pride!
As thousands of people embark into downtown Houston next weekend for the city’s annual Pride celebration and parade, they will be welcomed by ramped-up police and security measures according to the Houston Police Department.
In the wake of the Orlando LGBTQ+ nightclub shooting, the Houston Police Department and the Houston FBI field office are investigating a threat that was made against the parade in a tweet. The once deleted Twitter account has since been reactivated with messages stating the user was “sorry”.
In a news conference this afternoon, Houston Police Chief Montalvo took questions from members of the media and hinted there were “other” threats being investigated relating to Pride in Houston. One threat is a post against the ‘Pride Celebration’ in Houston on a dating app.
“We are getting additional tweets and threats, and we are investigating them,” – Montalvo said. No additional details were given about those threats except that they were being investigated.
Meanwhile, Pride Houston, Inc., (the coordinators for the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration) is assuring the general public that security is being tightened. “Pride Houston® is working with the Houston Police Department and other City departments to ensure everyone’s safety for the upcoming Houston LGBT Pride Celebration®.” Frankie Quijano, President of Pride tells About News. “There have been enhanced security measures added to the Houston Pride Festival® as well as the Houston Pride Parade®,” he said.
The FBI is taking an active role, gathering intelligence on any possible threats to the parade and sharing that information with Houston police. The FBI also echoed pleas to the public to quickly report any suspicious activity.
Making security a top priority, Quijano renterated that all reports are being fully investigated and nothing is being taken for granted or left to chance. “We ask that everyone play a role by being mindful of their surroundings and alert for anything suspicious. Attendees should report anything suspicious to the proper authorities.”