In November 2018, Democrat Joe Gonzales was elected Bexar County District Attorney with the financial backing of liberal billionaire George Soros. Gonzalez takes office officially on January 1st, but there seems to be some evidence of a more liberal, perhaps anti-police, atmosphere taking hold at the DA’s office.
In a disturbing trend, prosecutors in the Bexar County DA’s office have failed to bring charges (called “no billed”) against suspects who have physically assaulted, injured, and in some cases, almost killed San Antonio police officers. Protecting the lives of police officers is as vital as any duty of the county judicial system.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued the San Antonio police chief for what he says are violations of the state’s immigration law targeting “sanctuary cities.” Paxton accuses Chief William McManus of violating SB-4, the anti-sanctuary law, when he refused to turn over migrants in a human smuggling case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on January 2018.
The sanctuary city policy can be traced to liberal San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and certain city council members, as well as to the city manager, Sheryl Sculley, who facilitated the illegal aliens’ release.
In June 2017, San Antonio became the largest city in Texas to sue the state over SB 4. San Antonio joined three civil rights organizations in arguing that SB 4 is unconstitutional, and asked the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF) to represent the City.
Deep in the bowels of Democrat-dominated south Texas, admissions of election bribery and voter fraud have emerged. What’s ironic is that Democrats continue to deny that election tampering and voter fraud exists. Also, it is curious how the Media has ignored or limited its coverage of the of this case.
Judge J. Bonner Dorsey voided the June 9, 2018, mayoral runoff, in which incumbent and former mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas was defeated by the challenger and current mayor Armando O’Caña. Salinas had served as mayor for 20 years, and he had established a strong city hall organization.
The Judge also said, “I hold or find, by clear and convincing evidence, that the number of illegal votes was in excess of 158.” He said he based his ruling on the bribery of voters, the paperwork of the mail-in ballots and the assistance of voters at the polls, and added, “I never thought I would hear admissions of being bribed.”
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.”
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush signed a resolution Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, agreeing on the general terms of the Alamo master plan which includes the closing of Alamo Street through Alamo Plaza and moving the Cenotaph to a different location in the plaza. San Antonio voters and Texas patriots need to wake up and take action.
Nirenberg supports the Alamo Plaza plan that will triple its size of the area, and change the historical presentation to minimize the 1836 battle in a new museum and visitors center. He and Land Commissioner Bush announced their supporter for the public-private project that has been in the planning stages for four years.
The City Council will consider it on Thursday, Oct. 18, and they have already endorsed some of the general principles. Passage and approval of the Plan are almost assured.