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Then-Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Quietly Visited Injured Texas Police Officer In 2019

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Hours after the inauguration a Texas police chief praised President Joe Biden, not for his new job as Commander in Chief but for the secret visit he made in the Lone Star State two years ago.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo posted a picture, taken in 2019, of himself, then-candidate Joe Biden, injured HPD Officer Taylor Roccaforte and Roccaforte's father.

Acevedo tweeted the pic Wednesday.

The Chief explained that Officer Roccaforte was shot three times following a crime spree near the location of a presidential debate.

According to Acevedo -- three days later Biden called and offered to visit Roccaforte to lift his spirits.

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(credit: Chief Art Acevedo/Twitter)

The Chief says Biden did not share the visit with the public... despite him being in the middle of the presidential campaign.

Acevedo tweeted that he revealed the visit to, "Illustrate the decency of the man who we now call Mister President."

Officer Roccaforte survived his injuries and left the hospital after just one week.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The CNN Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company contributed to this report.)


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