Mario Salas, one of San Antonio's aging leftist activists, is trying to remain relevant by spewing misinformation about the San Antonio Police Officers' Association. Sala helps "Fix SAPD" - the local front for the Marxist Black Lives Matter - to push their petition to "hold police accountable," a backdoor approach to defund the police and punish officers.
Salas and "Fix SAPD" are also helped by two local "newspapers" that pander to local leftist/liberal activists, particularly younger, immature, and uninformed people. Their news items consistently dedicate most of their quotes and comments to the leftists and liberals rather than provide a balanced report.
All law enforcement officers, including police, are held accountable by federal agencies, state and local agencies. For example, the FBI and Civil Rights Division of the Justice Dept., the Texas Rangers and the Attorney General's office, and the County District Attorney are some agencies.
However, Black leftists want to undermine the judicial system by claiming racism. Rather than fixing the SAPD or any law enforcement agency, community leaders should fix the culture that encourages and justifies crime and anti-social behavior.
Because Salas is considered a civil rights "trailblazer," few people will openly challenge him. But he is just another race-baiter, and his comments need to be challenged.
"Fix SAPD" should fix their community's violent and anti-social culture and stop blaming the police.
An economically independent people are a dictator’s worst nightmare, and economic freedom and liberty are key for the success of the grassroots revolution. Perhaps it's time for a “Tea Party-like” movement of small businesses that challenge big businesses.
We have seen how big businesses like big tech have allied themselves with liberal/leftist politicians to support the globalist agenda. Big businesses can buy lobbyists and politicians to promote themselves and their products. They can also control the media to inform and educate (confuse) the masses.
Also, during the pandemic, small businesses have suffered more than big corporations. Big companies were able to stay afloat, while small businesses shut down.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs are about growing personal wealth and economic liberty. Their growth and development allow people to prosper individually.
Just like grassroots voters have challenged political bosses and machines, small business owners and entrepreneurs must challenge big businesses by supporting open and freer economic policies. Economic freedom and liberty go hand-in-hand with political freedom and liberty.
The City of Austin's reallocation of police funding resulting from the anti-police/Black Lives Matter demands has brought continued retirements and resignations within the Austin Police Department. Citizens in San Antonio should notice because they may soon face the same problem if the leftist radical "Fix SAPD" petition is successful.
The Austin PD has lost more than 40 officers through resignation, while another 100 have retired since liberal/leftist Austin City Council "reallocated" police funds (defunded) away from the crime-fighting units. The "defund the police" movement has created a political and social atmosphere of disrespect and hatred toward the police in many cities, including Austin, making it difficult for officers to work.
This toxic work environment has caused many experienced officers to retire early, and younger officers to quit and pursue other careers, and discouraged good and competent people from joining the police departments. Many police departments across the country are suffering staff shortages, and they have had to lower their employment standards to recruit and hire people. This hurts the service to the taxpayers.
"Fix SAPD" claims its goal is to hold police officers accountable for bad conduct by circulating a petition against SA Police Officers' Association. However, what the liberal/leftist radicals seek is revenge against police officers and undermining the local justice system.
If "Fix SAPD" is serious about addressing the police-community issues, they should "fix" the violence and antisocial behavior and culture that plagues their communities.
Also, "Fix SAPD," like other Black Lives Matter radical groups, opposes the SA Police Officers' Association because it is a barrier to their radical anti-law enforcement plans. Liberals and leftists have historically supported employee organizations, but the socialist (communist) Democrats want to destroy police unions to undermine and punish police officers.
When liberal/leftist city governments dominate, police unions are the only protection police officers have from politically motivated attacks. Public servants (police and firefighters) who put their lives on the line daily should be provided the best pay and benefits of any public employees.
We must support the police and oppose the liberal/leftist anti-police movement in all communities and cities. San Antonio must back the police and protect the SAPOA-City bargain agreement. Citizens and taxpayers must oppose the liberal, leftist "Fix SAPD" agenda and petition.
The liberal/leftist San Antonio Express-News will be hosting a podcast on Tuesday, Jan 26, to discuss the "multi-pronged push for police reform in San Antonio." However, instead of "reform" the police, why don't they host a podcast to discuss how to reform the "ghetto culture" and address the family's breakdown, teen violence, black-on-black crime, and school dropouts?
This podcast is nothing more than more liberal/leftist political theater. It gives the radical "Black Lives Matter" a forum to preach and justify their racist-anti-police message. It also allows the liberal news media to promote their Marxist agenda and blame the police.
The Austin Police Association is blaming the city’s reallocation of police funding for continued retirements and resignations within the department.
On Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, a Facebook post on the APA page named one of the latest officers to choose to resign, Officer Lindsay Thorstenson. The post says Thorstenson announced her resignation because her district representative position in south Austin was cut.
However, the Austin Police Department leadership, who works for the liberal/leftist Austin city government, countered the APA's comments. The City’s official position is that Thorstenson took the position as a district representative last fall, after five years of serving on patrol.