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.”
Castro was raised by a mother, Rosa Castro, who was a member of the radical leftist La Raza Unida party and movement which viewed law enforcement with suspicions and disdain. It appears Joaquin continues his radical mother's views and traditions.
The SAPOA press release states, "The safety of all citizens while exercising their right to vote should be of utmost concern to everyone, but most especially to our elected officials who represent us in Washington, like Rep. Castro. The San Antonio Police Officers' Association urges Chief McManus to stand up for police officers and not give in to Rep. Castro’s fear-mongering and anti-police rhetoric." Castro is indeed fear-mongering, probably to claim or allege "voter suppression" at a later time, particularly if Democrats lose. Chief McManus' quick but illogical response also shows Castro's political influence on the SA City Hall.
However, Castro's comments are curious and suspicious because they were made regarding a polling site that is predominantly Hispanic and Democrat. Is he insinuating that Hispanic Democrats will be frightened or influenced by the presence of SA police in the parking lot?
If Castro is concerned about voter suppression, he should investigate the political machines on San Antonio's west, south, and east sides of town, all of which are Democratic machines. Sadly, his concerns are just more political theater by Democrats to create issues where there aren't any by using the race card against police officers.
Castro seems to have no shame about making outrageous comments. He recently claimed President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was involved in the murder of Arab journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
How can voters in San Antonio's 20th congressional district continue to elect Castro? Why haven't Republicans challenged him? More importantly, why does Castro have a problem with police officers being in the parking lot of a polling site, and why doesn’t the local press ask the question? It is curious indeed.