5 thoughts on “Despite Violent Crime Increase, Officials Say San Antonio is a Safe City

  1. As new data has proven, our current mayor has not been able to combat crime in the city. First step in solving a problem, is recognizing it. Mr. Medina is not afraid to talk about crime, and he is definitely not afraid to talk about poverty. Poverty must be addressed. These two issues go hand in hand.

  2. This article fails to mention how our city’s shortage of SAPD officers, in the hundreds, on both Ivy and Ron’s watch factor into this, including officer Marconi’s death who was working an overtime shift in a position he wasn’t retrained for. Also sounds like the chief and sheriff shared talking points directing blame to people with “high risk” lifestyles. Like Taylor, I live in an inner city neighborhood and we are riddled with breaks-ins and crime, it is safe to say there is no community policing and local politics tell me there is a disrespect for law enforcement within the current administration.

  3. It very easy to dismiss crime when looking at a Quantitative assessment. The reality is that crime has always been a problem in some of our poorer communities in San Antonio. Crime never becomes an issue until it impacts communities out side the segregated poverty that has for generations existed in our communities. It is also very wrong to make statement that because the majority of the violent crimes are being committed by so called gang members and that some how that fact has anything to do with our safety? The reality we need to provide opportunity for our children so they won’t join gangs and participate in violent crimes something this council and mayor have not even attempted to address. Manuel Medina is prepared to do whats necessary to move our communities that have been left behind in a direction of prosperity and opportunity for all!

  4. Ms. GarciaMs. Garcia did an admirable job reporting on a slippery subject, but the article misses its mark. It fails to explore the primary reasons for the rise of violent crime in our fair city: public corruption and the successful exploitation of that corruption by violent narco-trafficking cartels. That’s not Ms. Garcia’s fault, of course. She can only report what her sources tell her. To listen to city officials, though, you would think they do not notice San Antonio’s proximity to the Mexican border or the Mexican cartels’ documented efforts to control government institutions on both sides. It is woefully naïve to attribute the increase in San Antonio’s crime to “drug and gang activity”. As a San Antonian who has lived ten years in Mexico, I can tell you that there is no limit to the amount of bribes cartels are willing to pay, the number of laws they are willing to break, or the number of people they are willing to kill to advance their business objectives. City officials and their “experts” need to wake up. If they think that San Antonio is immune to the corruption that fuels the violence plaguing all those cities south of the Rio Grande, they are exactly where the cartels want them to be. And frankly, that scares me.

    • Your assessment concurs with a piece of information I heard a while back, that the police chief has always monitored cartel activity in our city until McManus came along. I’ve heard countless examples of his mismanagement and failures as a chief yet he is praised, promoted and rehired by the city manager, mayor and council. Our leadership has been asleep at the wheel leaving that man in charge of our police department. Like Sculley, he was marred with scandal before coming to our city but we seem to welcome them with open arms. This time his ineptness and their lack of leadership has earned us the number one spot in violent crime.

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