Woman arrested after spitting in the face of Houston police chief

Danielle Paris, seen her in a mugshot for another violation, was arrested after she allegedly spit in the face of Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

(Houston Police Department)

A woman was arrested after spitting in the face of Houston ‘s chief of police when he tried to arrest her for allegedly stealing items from a Walgreen’s on Saturday, the officials said.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was off-duty and shopping when he saw Danielle Paris, 40, taking the items from the drugstore and intimidating employees.

Paris, and then resisted arrest when Acevedo tried to her to hold, kick, and spit several times on him and another officer who responded to the scene, police said.

The woman who appears to be drunk to resist, allegedly kicking the chief and then spitting in his face, police said.


KPRC-TV reports Paris remained jailed Monday, and was charged with harassment of a public servant, which is a crime.

Court records show Paris was arrested last month for spitting on another officer. The indictment was later reduced to a misdemeanor.

Houston’s top cop told KPRC-TV her previous arrest brings a common concern for the enforcement of the law.

“My concern is the person who was arrested and charged with a third degree felony to a another officer who was plea bargained to a misdemeanor and at a given moment, we should not wait until someone eventually to hepatitis or any other infectious disease from someone who makes a habit of spitting in the first responders’ faces,” Acevedo saidy.

Paris is being held at the Harris County jail on a $3,000 bail and is due in court again on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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