The City of San Antonio settled a lawsuit against the SAPD police chief William McManus for violating the Texas state anti-sanctuary law. The “settlement” is the latest defeat for the City’s liberal/leftist leaders, costing the city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
On December 23, 2018, the San Antonio police detained a semi-truck smuggling at least twelve illegal immigrants. However, instead of cooperating with federal immigration officials, McManus ordered the illegal aliens released to Catholic Charities in direct violation of the Texas state anti-sanctuary law.
On Thursday, April 21, the Austin City Council will consider moving forward with a guaranteed income pilot program that will authorize $1000 monthly to program participants. This program is another example of a liberal agenda that rewards non-productivity and poverty.
The City Council authorized $1.1 million in funding to serve eighty-five people who will receive $1,000 a month. If approved, the program will excuse and encourage more poverty, attracting more nonproductive people to Austin.
Liberals and leftists who do not believe in the American Dream believe government must “help” people. However, this guaranteed income program enslaves people by making them dependent on government handouts.
Personal economic freedom is the foundation of political liberty because economically independent people are a tyrant’s worst nightmare.
The San Antonio Express-News’ opinion columnist Gilbert Garcia wrote an article on Saturday, March 5th, reminding everyone that Elisa Chan “was back from exile” after tape-recorded making some comments about the liberal/leftist LGBTQ agenda in city politics. The liberal/leftist Garcia doesn’t mention that Ms. Chan’s remarks were made in secret, without her knowledge, in a private meeting.
We should wonder what information we could learn if someone secretly recorded Garcia’s private conversations and the private meetings of SAEN senior staff. Privacy is meaningless for the liberals and leftists, especially if they can find something that furthers their agenda.
This list is a partial listing of the shootings and stabbings in San Antonio from Tuesday, March 8 to Friday, March 18. The reports come from local news reports and do not include beatings and assaults, which the news media does not report.
Citizens and taxpayers should recognize that while radical leftist City leaders continue to demand “police accountability” and demand restructuring (defunding) of the San Antonio Police Department, the crime and violence continue to escalate.
Most recently, Ananda Tomas, who leads the leftist, anti-police group ACT 4 SA, has demanded police transparency and accountability following the police shooting. The man had warrants, a history of violence against police officers, and allegedly pulled a gun.
While demands police accountability, which demands accountability of criminals? San Antonio also has a liberal/leftist District Attorney (Joe Gonzalez) who does not prosecute “minor” crimes.
Gonzales has an agreement with the leftist Texas Organizing Project to provide a list of people “eligible” for lowered bail. But unfortunately, many of the persons bailed out by TOP are repeat offenders who return to their criminal activities.
Further complicating public safety, the anti-police political atmosphere has created staff and talent shortages in the SAPD as more officers retire and leave than join the force. The SAPD is not replacing the officers as fast as they leave the SAPD.
The citizens and business owners of San Antonio must stand behind the police officers against their antagonistic employer, the City of San Antonio. Imagine working for an employer that wants to abolish your job. Imagine putting your life on the line daily, but your employer wants to treat you like other paper-pushing city bureaucrats.
San Antonio citizens, business owners, and voters need to wake up.
Tuesday, March 8 – A disagreement between two men at an East Side apartment complex led to a shooting at an apartment complex in the 4600 block of E. Houston Street around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Neighbors reported hearing shouting coming from the parking lot before hearing a gunshot ring out. Officers found a 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound in his head.
Thursday, March 10 – A teacher at Forest Heights school was killed in a parking lot outside his home on the 4800 block of Gus Eckert. There had been a previous call to police about violence at the address earlier in the day.
Saturday, March 12 – Two men were involved in a shooting during a baby shower in Far Northwest Bexar County. The incident happened at a house on Floore Hollow near Loop 1604. Law enforcement officers found a 23-year-old man who had been shot several times following an argument at the baby shower. They were arrested on Monday, March 14.
Saturday, March 12 – A man is dead, and a suspect is in custody following a shooting at a house near downtown. The shooting happened around 11:35 p.m. on Saturday in the 900 block of Lamar Street. Police said they received calls for shots fired. When they arrived at the scene, they were flagged down and told there was a situation inside the home.
Saturday, March 12 – A man is dead after he was shot by two people trying to steal his truck outside of a West Side restaurant Saturday night. The shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. in the 900 block of SW 36th Street.
Saturday, March 12 – A man is dead after a shooting on the Northwest Side overnight, according to San Antonio police. The shooting happened in the 5900 block of Wurzbach Road around 11:30 p.m. Police said they arrived at the scene and found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.
Sunday, March 13 – A fight between a 15-year-old and an adult driver resulted in a shooting near 11:30 p.m. at Alpine Shore and Fossil Bank house. Witnesses said the person in the vehicle pulled out a gun and opened fire, hitting the teen at least once. Paramedics who arrived tried saving the teen’s life, but unfortunately, he died at the scene.
Monday, March 14 – A man was shot outside a Northeast Side apartment complex when he tried to collect his W2 forms. The incident happened outside the Aria Apartments in the 5300 block of Gawain Drive. The victim said he went to the complex to collect the documents from a woman, and her relative shot him.
Wednesday, March 16 – San Antonio police are looking for a person involved in a stabbing on the Northeast Side. The incident happened around 2 a.m. at a homeless camp behind the Circle K gas station on Perrin Beitel and Bretton Ridge. The victim told police that he got into a fight with another person at the homeless camp, and the other person pulled a knife and sliced him across his stomach and on the back. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The suspect is still at large.
Thursday, March 17 - Police are investigating a Northwest Side gas station shooting. The shooting happened just after 8 a.m. at the Shell gas station off NW Loop 410 and Vance Jackson Road.
Thursday, March 17 – A 14-year-old boy was shot on the city’s south side; however, both the teen and witnesses were uncooperative with police investigators. The incident happened around 1 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 770 block of West Mayfield Boulevard near Somerset Road.
Friday, March 18 – SAPD officers are investigating a possible road rage shooting early Friday morning. The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. along Old Highway 90 West and S. Callaghan Road on the West Side. The victim was shot in the armpit, and some cuts on his face from debris from the glass. The other person drove off and is at large.
Friday, March 18 – Law enforcement officers investigated an early morning shooting involving a Northside ISD officer. The shooting happened around 4 a.m. at a house on Nectar Creek and Overlook Point near Marbach Road on the Far West Side. Deputies were first called out around 3 a.m. for a family dispute at a house off Overlook Bend. One family member allegedly had assaulted another and then ran off. The residents were not very cooperative with deputies at that time.
Bexar County and San Antonio residents should be outraged that a repeat offender was bailed out of jail by a state leftist group called the “Texas Organizing Project.”
TOP has bonded out hundreds of inmates from the Bexar County jail, claiming they are “low-level offenders who are poor and should not have to sit in jail awaiting trial because they pose no real threat.”
However, according to a WOAI TV Channel 4 report, in April of 2020, TOP bonded out Paul Mena, who had been arrested on a drug charge. Court records showed that Mena also had an elder abuse charge against him at that time.