You Did It!

Congratulations everyone!  Ron Nirenberg was re-elected as mayor yesterday!  You didn’t let conservatives take over San Antonio.  Since the City is now the one whose judges determine bond amounts for arrested individuals, a conservative at the helm of the city could have been bad for everyone except rich people and connected conservatives.

The firefighters are easy to understand.  It can be summed up in one word.  Greed.  What was harder to understand and was so much more concerning was that the police union’s PAC donated money to Brockhouse.  Let me explain why I see this as such a problem.  Mike Helle, the current president of SAPOA (San Antonio Police Officers Association) was very upset when District Attorney Gonzales decided not to prosecute certain criminal trespass charges.

Guidelines for criminal trespass rejection
Guidelines for Criminal Trespass rejection

D.A. Joe Gonzales made the commons sense move of not prosecuting homeless people just because they don’t have a place to go.  This policy is not doing away with the charge of criminal trespass.  For a person to avoid prosecution they have to meet four different criteria.  Mike Helle is extremely critical of this new policy.  According to Mike Helle, trying to keep homeless people who can’t afford to post bail, out of jail just because two of them died while in custody, is “overreacting”.

Mike Helle feels that those poor people deserve to be in jail but what does he think of a man who has had two different wives call the police for domestic abuse?  What does he think of a man who has had the Attorney General file a lien against him, twice, for failure to pay his child support?  According to the Police Officers union, run by Helle, that man needs to be mayor of San Antonio.  This is troubling when you consider that these are the people who are out arresting citizens.

All the current problems aside, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office was on the right side of this fight.  The DSABC (Deputy Sheriffs Association of Bexar County) refused to endorse anyone.  They didn’t throw their weight around trying take control of the city’s government.  Sheriff Salazar praised D.A. Gonzales for his bold move saying this will free up space in the jail and will save taxpayers money.  This is what we expect, our leaders doing what’s in the best interest of the citizens of our community.  Way to go, BCSO.

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