Congressman Tells Voters To Look For & Report Any Police Near Polling Locations

San Antonio police officers have been instructed to stay away from polling locations unless they are called there.

San Antonio, TX – A Democratic congressman is defending himself after telling voters to watch out for police, after he claims people think that President Trump sent the police to polling locations to intimidate them.

Now, two days after the congressman told voters to report any “uniformed law enforcement” officers at early voting locations, the San Antonio police chief caved in and ordered his officers to stay away from the polls.

U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, who is in the midst of a contested race, issued his public request on Monday.

“San Antonians – while I was at the Las Palmas early voting site this morning two police officers patrolled through the parking lot,” Castro tweeted. “Please let me know if other uniformed law enforcement is present at any polls. Joaquin.”

Castro later claimed that he issued the request out of concern about a tweet President Donald Trump posted on Oct. 20, in which he cautioned people about the legal risks associated with voter fraud, KSAT reported.

“All levels of government and Law Enforcement are watching carefully for VOTER FRAUD, including EARLY VOTING,” President Trump wrote. “Cheat at your own peril. Violators will be subject to maximum penalties, both civil and criminal!”

In a statement to KSAT, Castro alleged that “many” felt the President’s tweet was “an attempt at voter intimidation,” and claimed that voters “reached out” to him when they saw San Antonio officers at some polling locations.

“On behalf of those who reached out, I am troubled that increased police presence could be a result of the President’s comments,” he said.

Castro further noted that the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association (SAPOA) has displayed “strong and public support of Donald Trump,” referring to a 2016 incident in which 23 officers were disciplined for wearing “Make America Great Again” hats as they posed for a photo with the President on a campaign stop.

On Wednesday morning, San Antonio Assistant Police Chief James Flavin issued an email instructing the city’s officers to “refrain from” parking or patrolling in polling areas “unless they receive a call for service,” KSAT reported.

“I have received information our officers have been observed patrolling through and remaining stationary in the parking lots at polling [early voting] locations around the City the last couple of days,” Chief Flavin wrote.

“While the officers have done nothing wrong in patrolling these sites as part of their normal duties, we must consider the viewpoints of those citizens who may have concerns about the presence of authority figures such as police officers in close proximity to a location where voting is taking place,” he continued.

“With this in mind, please instruct your officers to refrain from patrolling through or parking in close proximity to polling locations in the city unless they receive a call for service to the address,” the email read.

The SAPOA blasted the department for caving to the demands of the congressman, and admonished San Antonio Police Chief William McManus for failing to defend his officers.

“At a time when people across San Antonio are voting, when we are seeing an increase in confrontations and assaults on public officials at restaurants and other public venues, and when suspicious packages are being mailed to media and others, U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro has called on the people of San Antonio to report on police officers ‘present at any polls,’” the SAPOA said in a press release on Wednesday.

“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,” the release read.

The SAPOA press release noted that instead of questioning “why enforcement officers doing routine patrols was a problem for Rep. Castro,” Chief McManus responded in a way that made it appear that officers were the problem.

“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,” the press release read.

“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,” the union said.

Comments (46)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Color me SURPRISED…. another cowardice response from a police chief. Who would have thought?

OldVet
OldVet

Castro is a CROOKED POS

Guardian
Guardian

Agree, Castro is a POS. Castro would probably welcome the New Black Panthers with night sticks (do they still call them that? Lol. I’m old). Remember, the NBP did that in Philly years ago. Holder wouldn’t prosecute them for voter intimidation and they were within feet of the polls.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Good call. Intimidation tactics like patrolling at the polls sounds kinda Nazi.

Actually, it's literally Nazi.

ilse
ilse

Hope the police are slow to respond...or don't respond at all...if there is a call for help. After all, they were told to stay away, so they are only honoring that stupid, asinine request.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The chief is a worthless, spineless POS and should not be allowed to wear a badge. And is Castro worried that if uniformed police officers are in the area that his illegal aliens won’t show up to vote for the Democrats/Socialist?

America is headed into becoming a third world country.

Didn’t anyone explain to that dumb Congessman that once he finally gets Socialism in place that he is going to need a “police” force to keep the people down and in-line after they realize how they are so screwed by Socialism?

rwingjr
rwingjr

Hey criminals, if you want to rob people in a police free area, go to polling places. Christ, what a stupid request and what in hell is wrong with the police chief.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Here's a crazy thought... If you don't break the law there's no need to worry about cops being near. This seems painfully obvious to me but apparently there are those who don't get it. Including the congressman. The only voters who would possibly be intimidated by law enforcement would be those voting illegally.

And of course the worst part of this story isn't the Dem congressman with his head up his @$$. The chief played right into the politics game. San Antonio PD, there's your sign!

RunCop
RunCop

McManus is a pussy hack. Liberal scum and their anti-police crap. Lowest common denominators are always butt-hurt!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

It is bad when police are politicized.

elkhunterlnl
elkhunterlnl

The Height of Cowardice & Stupidity! "Hey Chief! How about holding your men away from the Mall bank @ 8:00 AM, we going to make a little surprise withdrawal & my guys don't want any intimidating cops around-their feelings get hurt when handcuffed". Answer: "

No problem! Ya'll do your thing & just don't shoot anyone"

Trefflek
Trefflek

Perfect opportunity for BLM & Antifa to hang out at polling stations.

JBo
JBo

Are police allowed to drive by polling locations if they're en route to another call or do they need to take a longer route?

Maybe the congressman hasn't heard of preventative or proactive law enforcement...except in his own neighborhood of course.

tfort
tfort

If the cops are not needed there, no need to be there. SA has enough crime to keep them busy - they don’t need to be sitting around.

VWells
VWells

Castro doesn’t want illegal aliens at the voting locations intimidated for trying to vote illegally! Law enforcement should be there at all cost! Traffic conditions are terrible st some sites! And what is wrong with McManus?? He’s lost it!

tfort
tfort

If the cops are not needed at the polling locations, then they need to be out solving crimes not sitting around.

VWells
VWells

The police are not sitting around, they are trying to prevent fights from starting! Donyyou jnderstans anything??

jimmer1
jimmer1

These proud BLM and Antifa protestors wear masks so they can not be identified. It is the same as any bad guy that wears a mask to commit a crime. If you feel you are not doing anything wrong let everyone see your faces.

RPG156
RPG156

Can't wait to hear about the armed robberies at San Antonio polling places. News at 10.

K9cop37
K9cop37

In Pennsylvania police officers are not allowed to be within 100 feet of a polling place unless they are there to vote. That includes off duty....

Branoli
Branoli

Only someone with cheating on their mind or in their heart would not want police officers near the voting places. It sounds like Castro promised his illegal buddies that they could safely vote illegally without getting into any trouble.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

And next week that jackass will be complaining that police don't reach out to the communities they serve.