San Antonio Police Chief William McManus has sided with Democrat Congressman Castro regarding patrolling near voting polls. Rather than questioning why law enforcement officers doing routine patrols near voting polls was a problem for Cong. Joaquin Castro, Chief McManus has politicized the matter even further.
In a directive from SAPD Asst. Chief James Flavin dated today, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, SAPD officers citywide are told to stand down and “refrain from patrolling through or parking in close proximity to polling locations in the City." Why?
SA Police Officer Association president, Mike Helle, released the following statement in response to Chief McManus' directive saying, “It’s no surprise that Congressman Castro views law enforcement so negatively, but his call for citizens to fear and report on police officers carrying out their duty is an insult to every officer and their family. It’s also very sad that instead of standing up for his officers, Chief McManus essentially agrees with Rep. Castro that police officers are people to be feared and reported on for doing their duty.”
Democrats, leftist activists and the liberal media have been screaming “abolish ICE” in the wake of immigration law enforcement under Pres. Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy. However, when the time came to put-up or shut-up in a congressional vote, most Democrats quietly voted “present” to avoid appearing antagonistic toward immigration law enforcement.
Most House Democrats voted “present” on Tuesday, July 17 on a resolution that would force them to clarify whether they support U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or not. The final vote saw just 18 Democrats vote for the resolution, and 34 Democrats vote against it, but the vast majority of Democrats, 133, voted "present."
Instead of voting to abolish ICE as their radical leftist constituency has been demanding, the House passed a nonbinding resolution saying lawmakers supported the "officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement." A two-thirds majority was needed to pass it, and because Democrats voted "present" instead of "no," it passed easily in a 244-35 vote.
On Wednesday, April 11, several groups including the San Antonio Firefighters Association and some grassroots conservative groups held a rally that unhinged the SA City Hall and Establishment, again. To show their displeasure, the City did its best to disrupt the rally by blocking off the public area in front of city hall.
That did not deter the rally participants as they cheered for the three petitions that would limit the city's power, and by definition, Mayor Ron Nirenberg's and City Manager Sheryl Sculley's power. The three petitions:
- Require arbitration in lieu of litigation that costs the taxpayers when there's an impasse in collective bargaining. The half million-dollar city manager has chosen to sue the SAFFA and spend taxpayer money on costly attorneys, rather bargain with the Firefighters.
One police officer was killed in Massachusetts and three others were wounded in Missouri in separate shootings Sunday, July 15, while police were attacked in Chicago over a police-involved shooting.
In Massachusetts, Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna, 42, and a bystander were killed Sunday after a suspect allegedly took the officer’s gun after a vehicle crash and a foot chase, authorities said. Officer Chesna was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and he was married with children ages 4 and 9.
In Kansas City, Missouri, a male murder suspect shot three police officers on Sunday during a series of firefights that began at a motel and ended with the suspect’s death. The shooting erupted just after noon at a motel in the city where undercover and tactical officers were conducting an investigation into a robbery and murder.
In Chicago, crowds protested the fatal police-shooting of a black that was being arrested. A video released by the Chicago Police Department show the man resisting and appearing to reach for a gun in his waistband. It’s ironic how quickly protests are organized against police shootings in Chicago, versus the almost daily black-on-black shootings.
Thirty-two police officers have been killed in the line of duty to date in 2018. Democrats and the liberal Media have created an atmosphere of disrespect and anger toward the rule of laws and law enforcement officers, including local police and the Border Patrol. Citizens and voters should remember this in November 2018.