Voter says ‘no’ to Castillo as a city commissioner

EDITOR’S NOTE: As the District One city commissioner race heats up, Myleadernews will accept articles on why voters of that district are going to or should, or not going to, or should not, cast a ballot for one of the three candidates, Danny Castillo, J.J. Gonzalez or Gail Moore. Send your messages to dealhrlngn@aol.com. Here is the first one. Of course, readers also are welcome to post comments concerning the editorial content by those writing these articles. However, let it be known if you are a District One resident, or not.

By BEN CAROLA
I agree what an economic disaster for Harlingen it would be to bring back those costly red light cameras to tax citizens again.
I know that as a voter of District 1 that I won’t be supporting Mr. (Danny) Castillo for city commissioner but not just because of those costly cameras, but also for many of his leadership decisions that lead to many years of needless risks to the public’s safety.
His record as police chief was one of the big brother heavy-handed tactics against average citizens. Tactics that are still costing citizens and the community millions of dollars, even to this day.
But, yet he was slow to react while gang violence terrorized our neighborhoods for many years, allowing the terror to grow unchecked and out of hand due to his lack of leadership.
Danny boy only reacting when an HPD officer was tragically shot and almost killed, despite years of outcries from terrified citizens imprisoned in their homes by the drive-by shootings and constant threat of violence, all while their cries for help were ignored.
Considering the 60,000 plus red light camera tickets issued under Castillo’s mandate, citizens in and around Harlingen have paid millions and still owe close to a million dollars to the Vegas-style camera company.
Those millions won’t be spent at the new Bass Pro or any other Harlingen business, providing jobs or much needed sales tax revenue for the city.
In terms of better policing, our new chief has restructured the PD, putting officers who once sat behind a desk under Castillo, out on the streets, increasing the police presence in all of our neighborhoods, making them safet.
Something that Castillo could have done a decade earlier, but failed to do. While police chief, Castillo allowed the amount of outstanding warrants to rise to a number in the tens of thousands. Warrants including those for sex offenders and other violent offenders, instead of creating a task force to clear those criminals off the streets, making the community safer.
Castillo had several officers on overtime supportint the review of red light camera violations, the department’s cash cow. The bottom line is that electing Danny Castillo as a city commissioner would be a giant step backward for the city of Harlingen.
No city grows fairly and fully when its governed by the good old boyz in the community, and that’s who Castillo has supporting him, and, no doubt, he will be supporting them as well, at the expense of the rest of us.

61 comments for “Voter says ‘no’ to Castillo as a city commissioner

  1. Juan Carranza
    October 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I spoke with Danny Castillo last week. He has no plans to bring back the redlight cameras. Secondly, fines from arrest and tickets go directly into the general fund which funds all departments in the city, so it is not a cash cow for the police department.

    • John
      October 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Then answer us this. Why in the world would Castillo support these cameras when he knew FIRST HAND that accidents at these intersections had went up after there placement. How would any person with a soul and conscious enforce something that is hurting the citizens he is sworn to protect?

      • Bill DeBrooke
        October 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

        John, accidents happen with or without the cameras. I have not seen an unbiased study showing a statistical difference.

        It was all about making the money. However, without the cameras people have started running red lights like they are just a suggestion, not an order.

        • Branstreet and Dunn
          October 31, 2011 at 7:38 am

          you have not looked or thought it out. I know there were many occasions when the cameras were there when drivers would come to an abrupt stop to avoid the “ticket”. I read in many cities that it caused more accidents than not. Common sense dictates it would be causation. You can defend it all you want but you are simpley being biased.

          • John
            October 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm

            This actually happened to me a few times on EdCarey. People immediately stopping when the light turned yellow. I could see someone in the chain of cars getting whiplash if there was a bumper to bumper which would have eventually happened.

        • V. Tinker Shays
          November 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

          That’s your opinion, DeBrooke. You don’t drive around enough in Harlingen to know how people drive. (You paddle-foot about downtown.) Frankly, people in this burg drive pretty damn good!

      • Bill DeBrooke
        October 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

        As to some legal act hurting citizens, it happens every day. Do you forbid liquor because every weekend someone is killed by a drunk driver? Obviously not for a lot of reasons first and foremost being people find a way to drink anyway.

        Do you forbid new drugs on the market because in the study a few people were killed. No, because the government says what is a few dead people when the greater good is considered.

        The list could go on but I think you get the point.

        • Branstreet and Dunn
          October 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm

          Do you forbid a Karate instructor with a past of sexual assult from dealing with children? Or is that just part of life? Pedophiles are welcome in Harlingen? Is it like that? Especially if their wife works for the Harlingen PD in sex crimes unit? Is it ok not to arrest the culprit after he skipped bail?It is in harlingen under Danny Castillo. Giving a break to a policeman DWI? Danny did. Yeah we really need him back in the city. This is the kind of thinking that has Harlingen so ass backwards.

          • John
            October 30, 2011 at 12:14 am

            Here comes the Hero of the ol’ guard to “try” and explain away FACTS. What do you not understand about the report that was submitted to the commission by X chief Costello DeBrooke?

            The report stated that accidents had went up at these intersections since there placement. Your at large analysis of accidents is vague. This is not a statistical matter. This is a report on the number of accidents that took place when the cameras were up compared to the accidents that took place before there placement. Bottom line is accidents at these intersections increased. Try to spin it all you want but the truth is the truth. You also say it yourself that it was all about the money anyway so what is your point?

            As for your ridiculous comparsion. Does the government force people to drink? The red light cameras were forced on the citizens. Just like the new police station and the park. The list could go on but I would hope you get my point.

            And as for your other comparison. Keep in mind that the Pharmaceutical industry has government insiders and lobbyist to pull strings and get dangerous drugs passed. Hell,just look at all the side effects you get with a majority of them. So many lawsuits and payoffs over thousands of deaths due to the passing of drugs that were not thoroughly tested or should not have been put on the market in the first place.

            Just look at what Perry wanted to do to little girls.
            http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1995527181/one-more-girl-documentary

            And speaking of government insiders.
            Aspartame anyone?
            Donald Rumsfeld confronted on Aspartame and Iraq War
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3rImXI6Wv4
            At 1:29 read the facts displayed.

            And something else thrown in for fun.

            Talk about calling RumsFAILED out!
            Donald Rumsfeld Confronted by Judge Napalitano
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4ONvc5leLY&feature=related
            The worm thinks he is there to plug his book,what a surprise.

      • A cop in district one
        October 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm

        Watch out for the black helicopters John you know they are following you.

        • John
          October 31, 2011 at 6:43 am

          Yeah,yeah,yeah. Nothing like facts and video to back it up. You refer to ridicule when your brain can not debate or present facts to rebut what I say.

          How is your conscious on issues that beg debate. Are you one of these cops that does not listen to reason and just likes to push people around? Reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nZuvHFcamw

  2. Omar Culebra
    October 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I would never vote for Castillo. I know where his allegiance is, it’s with those people who refused to push for his firing as chief all those years, despite the terrible job he did. It will be turmoil if he is elected.

  3. Citizen
    October 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I plan on voting for Castillo. There’s really no alternative in that race. He’s a good person and he’s all about Harlingen. Neither of the other two can say that. One hasn’t taken care of his obligations and the other has no clue what it’s like to really grow up here.

    • John
      October 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      So a good person would endanger those he is sworn to protect?

    • Branstreet and Dunn
      October 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      He is all about the rich boys. Don’t be afraid to call it like it is. Didn’t those people get together to “help ” Kori with her problem? raised $5000.00 pretty good. Yeah citizen poor Kori, poor Danny, and all of the other who have been caught in little conflict of interest.

  4. Robert Serna
    October 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Didn’t Castillo also hold prayer to allay Harlingen’s crime a few years ago rather than provide a real solution?
    Jerry Deal comments: He did suggest prayer to rid the city of gangs etc.

    • Bill DeBrooke
      October 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      Prayer is pointless?

      Jerry Deal comments: No, but I recall the man who said his prayer was answered. He added that “God said no way.”

  5. Bill DeBrooke
    October 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    OK Jerry, in all fairness I think people posting under this heading should indicate whether or not they live in District One. From things this first blogger said I would think he does not live in that District.

    The fact that he would not vote for one candidate is not that important, because he cannot vote for any of them.
    Jerry Deal comments: You are right, I will add that to the rule.

    • Branstreet and Dunn
      October 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      How can you use the term “in all fairness?” when talking about Harlingen?

      • John
        October 30, 2011 at 12:35 am

        Excellent point B&D.

  6. Born on F Street
    October 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    the choices don’t seem to be very good from what I hear/read. I live in district one. Until Gail Moore can answer my questions concerning her opposition to and statements concerning the Elizarde multi family development issue, I won’t vote for her. At this point Castillo would be my choice.

    That is….unless Mr. Rubio makes good on his threat of exposing Castillo misdeeds.

    • John
      October 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      I agree with you about the unanswered questions for Moore. But come on BOF. You live here in Harlingen and you know damn well how the PD suffered under his tenure. You are telling us that you would vote for an individual who is incompetent let alone would continue to let many different things harm the citizens he was sworn to protect? You are smarter than that BOF, but from the statement you made about choices, I am having second thoughts about you.

    • Sally G
      October 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Rubio has never finished one of his absurd accusations. He is much like Yolanda Shoffeitt. Oh wait, maybe they are the same? Go Chief Castillo!

      • Branstreet and Dunn
        October 31, 2011 at 7:46 am

        Didn’t Yolanda file against Kori? Go Gail Moore!!!! Sally how can you love corruption so much?

  7. A cop in district one
    October 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I worked under Danny Castillo during his tenure as Chief. He did more to modernize the dept. and make it more efficient than any chief before him. I don’t realy understand the anger at the red light cameras. It seems those people want to be able to speed and run red lights without being caught. The officers who worked overtime were reviewing each instance and determining if it was a legitimate violation before forwarding it for a notice. They won’t be brought back. By the way the city commision at that time approved the installation of the cameras so you can’t blame it all on him. He has my vote.

    • John
      October 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Whoaaa, Hold on! You are a cop and you do not know about the report that CASTILLO himself presented to the commission about the red light cameras? The report that stated accidents at these intersections had indeed went up. And you claim to be a cop? How could you have missed this? You just gave us more evidence to the incompetence of those who worked “under” him,backed his mistakes and were probably in his inner circle.

      • A cop in district one
        October 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        Hey John how many accidents did you work before and after the cameras went in? None? of course not. How many did you witness? None? of course not. So you know not of which you speak. The ones before were major (with injuries). The ones after were minor (without injuries).

        • John
          October 31, 2011 at 6:48 am

          Know not of which you speak? Your X informed the commission with the report,what is not to know? What is your point? An accident is an accident. Your X presented the report that they had increased at these intersections. What more do you want?

          How many did I work? Are you saying that if you had been in charge, you would have worked over the findings and “fixed” them to show otherwise?

  8. Branstreet and Dunn
    October 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The thing I did not like about Danny is that he would not arrest the Child molestor after he was indicted. It took three months to get him attested. The Guy who stole money at the Air Port also could not get arrested. I wonder what district the Mexican homeless man who was shot in the back under the bridge lived in. How about the young girls who were molested I wonder where they lived? Chuck Lee does not live in district one and he writes in here? Does it mean that in order to write on this blog you have to live in a certain place? Jerry can you clarify there seems to be some real problems about where people live and should they have an opinion. So all the ploicemen who do not live in districe one can not share their opinion? This is a first time for this kind of rules. Have you been talking to Tony C? asking for advice? Robert Castillo do you live in this districe other wise you can not have an opinion. Omar Culebra do you live in this district one?

    Jerry Deal comments: I did not restrict the postings to District One residents. I only asked that those who do live there to state so, so there is a better idea of the feelings by those in the district. Also, I am offended by you making the statement concerning any association with Tony Chapa, when you know better. Go to the bathroom and wash your mouth out with soap, and wash your hands too, since they were what you used to post.

    • John
      October 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Let’s all just quit mentioning that name,initials too.

    • A cop in district one
      October 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      You guys just know so much that isn’t so. The investigation of Anderson for sexual assault was handled by the Texas Rangers as it should have been. The case was submitted for indictment as it should have been. You guys keeps mentioning the PD Lt. She is a victim of her husband as well. You guys treat her as the rape victim who deserved it. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Grow up.

      • mysteryshopper1
        October 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm

        well Mr. cop. Let’s check out Dillards. How many affairs have happened in that store involving Harlingen PD. I lost count. I worked there for over 20 years. Many marriages were broken. You know of the affairs that are currently going on now. Right , Mr. cop? Its like an assembly line.

  9. John
    October 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    By the way,I am a District 1 voter with many District 1 friends.

  10. Another cop in No.1
    October 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I am also a cop and I also live in District 1. First off, I respond to “a cop in district one,” it is so easy to know who you are, or at least one of Danny’s “boys” that got the privileges because they sucked up to him and even faked their religious beliefs. Well there are more of us who oppose him, who nearly ruined the HPD. Are you now sucking up to Chief Whitten? If so, I don’t think he is fooled by it.

    • A cop in district one
      October 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Yes those who opposed him almost ruined HPD you are correct.

      • John
        October 31, 2011 at 7:10 am

        There’s a new sheriff in town cop N’dis’ 1. Things are finally going to change for the better. I suggest you worry about keeping your job instead of posting your support for your already failed X chief.

  11. Victoria
    October 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I can hardly wait until someone from District One writes an article that proposes or opposes J.J. Gonzalez. That should bring a large number of bloggers out. I sure would like to hear more from Gail Moore. Is she going to go strictly on the killing of the Elizarde deal? If so, she will end up a poor third. Other than her ad on this publication she has been silent. We, who are against the other two, want to hear from her.

  12. Joe Rubio 956-536-6515
    October 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Most people are judged by their actions and what we accept as facts as seen first hand or told by others. Danny Castillo is an open book of contradictions. JJ Gonzalez has already served this community and we can judge him by his actions and the facts of yesteryear. While Gail Moore remains a mystery to many of us, she has shown an ability to tackle hard issues and put her name on the dotted line. I ask all of you, how many of you would be willing to sign off on a formal complaint asking for an investigation when the need arises? Most people see a wrong thing and they hope someone else is brave enough to confront the issue.

    Gail Moore, right or wrong, has shown this entire community her true colors. And so have the other two candidates. This upcoming election is about control and power. If Gail wins, we continue a momentum moving forward and if Castillo wins, Castillo take us back into the 20th Century of a control that has been in place for over 100 years. JJ Gonzalez will not win this election. When I see Nick Consiglio driving around Harlingen posting political signs with Castillo, I am reminded of his financial rewards from Harlingen taxpayers as soon as Ms. Mara took office.

    The “Old Guard-Old Money-The Godfathers of Harlingen-The Establishment-The New Friends of Chapa-The New Pac” or whatever name they want to be called are backing Castillo. They need Castillo to win to ensure Leftwich & Prepejchal can be defeated on city issues. Look at who some of them are and follow the money trail from yesteryear and the gold path needed to South Padre Island and other areas of future growth. Castillo is their token Mexican boy and Castillo is a complete fool for allowing himself to be used for their purposes. I call like I see it!

    • Bill DeBrooke
      October 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      She can’t be that much of a mystery. She said they moved here from Parkway Village, Kentucky. It is a small city surrounded by Louisville.
      I believe she said she served on the City council there.

      Jerry Deal comments: I have looked it up and have asked present city officials there if they remember her and if they have any comments. I have not heard back from them.

      Look it Up: City-Data.com Parkway Village, Ky. Very unusual town.

    • A cop in district one
      October 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Joe that racist hate is going to eat you alive.

      • Branstreet and Dunn
        October 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

        a dislike of greed is not racist it is a dislike of greed. Ask former Judge Limas and our former attorney Jim Solis and Conrado Cantu what they think of greed now. A cop how can you not see?

  13. Tom Joad
    October 30, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Apprently, Ben Carola is blind to the truth.

  14. Branstreet and Dunn
    October 30, 2011 at 9:42 am

    she was commissioner for police , commissioner of Public parks/pulbic works,
    commissioner of taxes small business owner/operator
    political consultant
    Education Uof Louisville-Practum in Government
    currently srves on three boards
    Keep Harlingen beautiful Harlingen Municipal Auditorium and the Humane Society member St Anthony Church.

    956-990-2644 Gail Moore

    Call her Victoria or any of you

    • John
      October 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Another answer for DeBrooke.

  15. Branstreet and Dunn
    October 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Did you people read about the Red light camera’s and how much money is owed in todays Sunday paper. did you read about how our new Police Chief Whitten is NOT going to waste manpower trying to collect money for the stante and the camera company? Yeah Toad you are right on top of everything. Joe R knows what he is talking about. Danny does not have an ounce of dignity or self esteem for letting himself be used openly lke a puppet. He is the reason Hispanics are looked down upon. Toad why have you not mentioned about the child molestor who Danny would not arrest? What do you have to say about that? Don’t be shy. Ousted Larry Galbreath has Danny’s signs all around his yard, hey that is like he did for himself when he lost!!! good sign.

  16. FranktheTank
    October 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Once again special thanks go out to Gus “el chorizo” Ruiz for abandoning those 550 people that voted for him. The guy couldn’t even read the city charter. Any commissioner would be an improvement from El Chorizo. Why don’t we ask Gus “el chorizo” Ruiz to pay the 7 thousand dollars this special election is going to cost the Harlingen taxpayers?

  17. Cool Arrow
    October 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Those who reside in District 1 and go out to vote. Ask anyone within the police department on Danny Castillo. But ask those who you do not know and take your own poll and then decide whether you would vote for him or not. You the voter, ask yourself when did you really see Danny Castillo out in the public eye when he was (used loosely)Chief? How many social events or social gatherings did he attend other than those thrown by HPD? When you ask about this guy, you will find out that he allowed favoritism to judge and rule his department. Certain officers violated HPD policy to the fullest and turned the other cheek. Danny Castillo allowed an officer to stalk a female employee within the department and then only slaps him on the hand. That is just one of the many discretions that he allowed in the department. Danny Castillo will be nothing more than a pawn just like he was when given the top spot in that department.

    • A cop in district one
      October 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Back up your allegations with fact otherwise its make believe.

      • mysteryshopper1
        October 31, 2011 at 12:02 am

        Mr. Cop, which dispatcher is seeing another cop within the department? which internal affairs cop still likes to sleep around.? which motorcycle cop was suspended for a few days for being rude to a citizen? shall I go on? Want to find a police officer? try Jaguars or Buffalo Wild wings. How can Alicia Garcia be out for so many many days and still be employed? Allegations? never! Just the facts, and you know it.

        • John
          October 31, 2011 at 7:00 am

          Back up your allegations with fact? Are you serious? You’re the guy that turns to ridicule when you can not come up with facts to prove your supposed points. Cop n’dis’1, are you a pathological liar?

  18. Dora Charles
    October 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    The Rabid Spineless Dog of Tony Chapate, “old red liner, keep the city stagnant Chapa”, wants the city back in the 1990s, want’s people to vote for J.J. Gonzalez, Rabid dog listen to me you miserable poor excuse of a human being, J.J. is not going to win. He isn’t, I don’t care what you and el Tamalero Juan Jose O. say. The Race is between Gail and the fired chief of police Dan Castillo, who might be looking at criminal charges if the investigation continues on Mayers rigged time sheets.
    He might just be a jail-bird minister.
    Quit writing lies and B/S on your failed blog, viejo stupido mentiroso, gallina, eres un cobarde.

  19. John
    October 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    We all need to remember that we would not have this problem and yes it has turned into a BIG PROBLEM if Ruiz would have finished his term. We must ask ourselves what his hurry was for reaching at politics on the state level? Does he think the world will end in 2012 or what?

  20. Carmelo
    October 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Mr. Deal, are you a “dumbo” like TC says on MHN Sunday? I thought you were an educated person, who has been in the news profession for a number of years. Do you have an answer for that accusation?

    Jerry Deal comments: Well, Tony likes to try and stir up trouble, along with his few groupies, hoping to get a response from me.
    I will completely respond from this brain-dead person when he reveals why he cannot vote, why he cannot drive, why he cannot write and what country he has his citizenship — and prove all of the above. I could add for him to tell his story as to why he was let go at Expanded Mortgage Credit, where he operated out of his home. It would be interesting to read his side of the story, as opposed of the company’s.

    • John
      October 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      It would be nice if he would answer to these valid questions but it’s hard to get a worm out of its hole.

  21. Dora Charles
    October 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Carmelo, you sound like Tony Chapa’s butler, quit defending al perro rabioso, viejo cara de sapo empachado.

  22. Cool Arrow
    October 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Dora Charles, you are right on that one about Stephen Mayer rigging time sheets for his so called gang unit and making all that over time money without really doing work. Those gang officers that were under him at the time knew that they were abusing the grant and making overtime. They are just as much involved as Stephen Mayer himself. Hector Leal and Luciano Rubio knew this and tried to do something about it. Why do you think Hector Leal got picked on and transferred out of detectives. Why do you think that coward Danny Castillo demoted Luciano Rubio while he was on vacation and couldn’t do it face to face. That Janet lady who takes care of their payroll knows about it and that Stephen Mayer never turned in any time sheets that jived with the amount that they made from the overtime. The new Chief needs to look into this one and just hope that the Justice Department doesn’t conduct an audit. Interview those gang guys and I bet one will squeal like a B#%&%! This is the kinda white collar crime that occurs in the City of Harlingen at any given day. Danny Castillo city commissioner, don’t think so!

  23. Joe Rubio 956-536-6515
    October 31, 2011 at 1:08 am

    To the Cop In District 1:

    Quote from Blog: “Joe that racist hate is going to eat you alive.” No I am doing quite well and having a laugh at your expense.

    If I was to tell you that I grew up as a kid with an Anglo mentor that gave me a lot of guidance, would you be surprised? If I were to tell you that my Anglo law enforcement instructor gave me the best possible career advice, would that surprise you? If I were to tell you that my best friends in the military were Anglo from the New York area, would that surprise you? Chuck Lee from Wisconsin and I discuss a lot of issues and work on mutual projects; does that it surprise you that I my chosen cohort in crime is Anglo. I could continue these types of examples on and on but in the end, I will still be labeled a racist by people like you who pretend to live only in a black & white world.

    I have seen a few people try to open the doors in Harlingen for equality and justice for all like Jerry Deal and Nat Lopez. I firmly believe that we don’t need two chambers and I don’t belong to neither. Answer me a question, Cop in District 1, why did the Hispanic Chamber honor an Anglo for Hispanic of the Year? I know the answer and heard it from the horse’s mouth.

    Every other Hispanic in this town makes race an issue in a coffee shop discussion. “Oh boo, hoo, hoo are the familiar cries at the coffee shop. We Hispanics cannot prosper because the “Old Guard” is in control.”

    And then people like you come along and make up a name and proceed to attack me that I am racist. Even in your own Harlingen Police Department, the word was out that the Anglo officers were making sure that they had their “cushy” positions. Chief Whitten arrived just in time to quell the storm and take control of the uprising. You want the facts, ask your own blue brother officers.

    I am taking an educated guess, I just hope that you are not that “whining” cop who is a senior officer that pisses off your blue brothers because you are the “milkman.” You know the milkman, the one who is always busy with the BS calls and makes sure that his brother officers answer the calls in his district.

  24. PF Chang
    October 31, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Remember when this city election is over in december 2011, to the victor, comes the spoils

  25. Bradstreet and Dunn
    November 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

    HARLINGEN – Diego Rivas-Soto’s hometown is so small that every man rises before dawn and walks down to the river to make adobe bricks out of clay and straw for about $5 a day.

    The village is a cluster of about 10 homes a mile or so outside of San Juan del Rio, the town in central Mexico famous for being the birthplace of Pancho Villa.

    Rivas-Soto left his wife and five children behind in August to seek work in the United States and build a better life for them, the family’s attorney said.

    The 41-year-old settled in Harlingen with the hope of finding a job and enough money to send back home, attorney Juan Angel Guerra said.

    “Just like anyone else he was looking for a job and he needed money,” Guerra said. “He was not a vagabond. That is not the story that I am getting from the people we talked to and police officers (back in Mexico.)”

    On the night of Jan. 5, about three months after arriving here, Rivas-Soto was shot to death by a Harlingen police officer under an Expressway 77 overpass. Police say that when they encountered him, he was trying to light a fire under the bridge.

    Police continue to withhold information about the shooting. Two of the three officers at the scene that night, one of whom fired the fatal shotgun blast, have not been publicly identified.

    Police also will not describe the knife they say Rivas-Soto brandished before he was killed.

    On Friday, Guerra filed a court petition seeking to force Police Chief Daniel Castillo to release more information about the shooting.

    Guerra, the former Willacy County district attorney now in private practice, said he became involved in the case last month after he was contacted by Derechos Humanos, an organization based in Monterrey, Mexico, that seeks fair treatment for illegal immigrants.

    He said he drove to the village where Rivas-Soto was born about two weeks after he was contacted by Humanos Derechos to meet with the family, who said the last time they had seen him was in August.

    The town is about a 12-hour drive south of the Rio Grande. The tar-roofed homes are constructed of the same adobe the men make every morning.

    “They would walk down to the river … like they used to do in the old days,” Guerra said.

    The former DA said Rivas-Soto’s family told him that the man was hardworking, peaceful and did not smoke or drink.

    “The family and his wife of course were saddened about losing their loved one,” Guerra recalled about his visit. “But the ones who were taking it the hardest were his daughters. They broke down crying.”

    Guerra said police in Rivas-Soto’s hometown said they would come to the U.S. to testify about his character.

    “They couldn’t believe he would lunge at an officer,” he said. “They said, ‘This guy was never that type.’

    “They said, ‘This is a small town and we know the trouble makers and he was not a trouble maker.'”

    People with whom the attorney has spoken in Harlingen say Rivas-Soto was in town for at least three months before he was shot.

    At some point, he was staying with a friend in Harlingen, but she did not want to be identified for fear that the authorities would come after her, Guerra said.

    Police said Rivas-Soto pulled a knife after they confronted him about lighting a fire under the expressway near the I-69 bar.

    According to police statements, he was asked in English and Spanish to take his hands out of his pockets before he took out the knife and charged at Officer Jose Luis Palafox Jr. A fellow officer – who has not been identified – had no choice but to shoot to protect Palafox, officials
    have said.

    Police officials say they have already released as much information as they can without compromising the ongoing investigation. Castillo has said the case is being thoroughly investigated by the Texas Rangers and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.

    Rivas-Soto is survived by his wife, Eduviges Chavez, his five children and his father, Roman Rivas Orozco.

    Guerra said Rivas-Soto and his wife had plans of eventually buying a new home.

    “They would have continued like every other family and he would have been able continue to send money to his kids,” Guerra said. “His wife’s dream was just to buy a little place in San Juan del Rio.”

    HARLINGEN – Diego Rivas-Soto’s hometown is so small that every man rises before dawn and walks down to the river to make adobe bricks out of clay and straw for about $5 a day.

    The village is a cluster of about 10 homes a mile or so outside of San Juan del Rio, the town in central Mexico famous for being the birthplace of Pancho Villa.

    Rivas-Soto left his wife and five children behind in August to seek work in the United States and build a better life for them, the family’s attorney said.

    The 41-year-old settled in Harlingen with the hope of finding a job and enough money to send back home, attorney Juan Angel Guerra said.

    “Just like anyone else he was looking for a job and he needed money,” Guerra said. “He was not a vagabond. That is not the story that I am getting from the people we talked to and police officers (back in Mexico.)”

    On the night of Jan. 5, about three months after arriving here, Rivas-Soto was shot to death by a Harlingen police officer under an Expressway 77 overpass. Police say that when they encountered him, he was trying to light a fire under the bridge.

    Police continue to withhold information about the shooting. Two of the three officers at the scene that night, one of whom fired the fatal shotgun blast, have not been publicly identified.

    Police also will not describe the knife they say Rivas-Soto brandished before he was killed.

    On Friday, Guerra filed a court petition seeking to force Police Chief Daniel Castillo to release more information about the shooting.

    Guerra, the former Willacy County district attorney now in private practice, said he became involved in the case last month after he was contacted by Derechos Humanos, an organization based in Monterrey, Mexico, that seeks fair treatment for illegal immigrants.

    He said he drove to the village where Rivas-Soto was born about two weeks after he was contacted by Humanos Derechos to meet with the family, who said the last time they had seen him was in August.

    The town is about a 12-hour drive south of the Rio Grande. The tar-roofed homes are constructed of the same adobe the men make every morning.

    “They would walk down to the river … like they used to do in the old days,” Guerra said.

    The former DA said Rivas-Soto’s family told him that the man was hardworking, peaceful and did not smoke or drink.

    “The family and his wife of course were saddened about losing their loved one,” Guerra recalled about his visit. “But the ones who were taking it the hardest were his daughters. They broke down crying.”

    Guerra said police in Rivas-Soto’s hometown said they would come to the U.S. to testify about his character.

    “They couldn’t believe he would lunge at an officer,” he said. “They said, ‘This guy was never that type.’

    “They said, ‘This is a small town and we know the trouble makers and he was not a trouble maker.'”

    People with whom the attorney has spoken in Harlingen say Rivas-Soto was in town for at least three months before he was shot.

    At some point, he was staying with a friend in Harlingen, but she did not want to be identified for fear that the authorities would come after her, Guerra said.

    Police said Rivas-Soto pulled a knife after they confronted him about lighting a fire under the expressway near the I-69 bar.

    According to police statements, he was asked in English and Spanish to take his hands out of his pockets before he took out the knife and charged at Officer Jose Luis Palafox Jr. A fellow officer – who has not been identified – had no choice but to shoot to protect Palafox, officials
    have said.

    Police officials say they have already released as much information as they can without compromising the ongoing investigation. Castillo has said the case is being thoroughly investigated by the Texas Rangers and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.

    Rivas-Soto is survived by his wife, Eduviges Chavez, his five children and his father, Roman Rivas Orozco.

    Guerra said Rivas-Soto and his wife had plans of eventually buying a new home.

    “They would have continued like every other family and he would have been able continue to send money to his kids,” Guerra said. “His wife’s dream was just to buy a little place in San Juan del Rio.”

    • Bill DeBrooke
      November 2, 2011 at 7:27 am

      This article appeared in the VMS this morning(Wednesday). Would you be that writer or did you just fail to give credit?

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