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Bob Rivard, Editor of the San Antonio Express-News, threatens the Esperanza Center because of my blog

On Friday, October 6, Bob Rivard, the Executive Editor of the San Antonio
Express-News, the only major newspaper in San Antonio, sent an email to
Graciela Sanchez, the director of the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, one
of the most vanguard arts and cultural centers in the country, based in
San Antonio. In this letter, he threatens to deny media coverage to the Center
because of my blog. And while the email has a subject heading titled
"A Private Communication," the CC line includes all the editors
of the newspaper, see below:

CC: "Thacker, Brett"
"Bertling, Terry"
"Richter,Bob"
"Thomason, Craig"
"Garcia, Guillermo"
"Davidson, Bruce"

I am not a staffmember of the Esperanza Center, but a consultant. I've
responded to Graciela Sanchez, explaining that with this letter, Rivard
violates all standards of ethical journalism and shows a tyrannical
disrespect for free speech.

Here is the letter from Rivard in its entirety:

Hi Graciela,

We don't believe reporters here are stating that they are prohibited
from writing about controversial issues. We invite you to provide
further details to support that assertion. If anyone here is saying
such things, we would quickly disabuse them of such a wrong-headed claim.
We publish controversial stories all the time.
On a larger subject,
it is hard for us to reconcile the professional
tone of your communication here with the character assassination
offered by Esperanza staff member BRG on her blog. Her only possible sources
for her misstatements of fact and her fantasies are the Esperanza members
who attended the editorial board meeting with you. Do you or any of
the others really believe I was leering at someone's breasts during the
meeting? BRG seems obsessed with her sexual fabulsims involving me.
At least one prominent Latina journalist has confronted her about her
false rumor-mongering in the past. I also am at a loss to understand how
BRG can assert that I undercut Guillermo Garcia in the meeting. Guillermo
and I have been friends and colleagues dating back to our shared days
at the Brownsville Herald nearly 30 years ago. I asked him to account
for his anti-Semitism statement from Rabbi Block and he did so quite
convincingly after consulting his notes, which fully support his
story,which the newspaper stands by.
We have always welcomed you and your colleagues
to the Express-News,and we would like to maintain
a professionalrelationship with you and the
Esperanza.
It's unclear to me whether that is
possible.
(emphasis mine)


Bob

Comments

satori said…
Hi la Barbara!

It's Cristinita. Would like to invite you and your readers to this event. Besos.



The Community is invited to gather for Police Misconduct Awareness and Movement Building

THIS WEDNESDAY October 18th, 2006 6- 10 pm at Ruta Maya Cafe on Martin and Soledad

featuring Speakers,
Police Misconduct film Screening
Police Brutality Workshop
Live hip hop by 7 ish and DJ Lean Majors

Action for the International Day Against Police
Brutality

Sunday October 22nd, 12 pm - 2 pm

featuring

Live street Theatre Performance "Illegalities"
Community Altar Building
The Theme of this peaceful demonstration is "Dia de
Los Muertos." Dress in black or as skeletons.

Both events are free and open to the public.
In 2004 Officer Steve Christian, off duty, in civilian clothes, with no squad car or any type of police identification, attacked me as I exited my vehicle during a dispute with my former husband. He threw me face down onto the concrete (causing my cell phone, with which I planned to call police, to go flying across the parking lot), sat on me with his knee in my back, banged my head into the pavement, and strangled me (while I was already having difficulty breathing due to the "chokehold" he had me in and the fact that he was sitting on top of me with my being face down on the pavement. He did not identify himself as an officer, did not make any statement to the effect that I was under arrest, and at one point identified himself as "hotel security" (the hotel did not employ security). Three separate witnesses contacted 911 reporting a black male in dark sweatsuit handcuffing, beating, and choking a white or hispanic female. I have these 911 calls on tape. When police and emergency personnel arrived on the scene (in response to these calls), Mr. Christiansen refused to identify himself and responding officers were forced to contact his saergent to identify him. Mr. Christiansen wanted to walk away without identifying himself. This interaction between Mr. Christiansen and responding officers was recorded on police radio (of which I also have a copy). He made no arrest and filed no report in this matter. In the official report filed by responding officers, Mr. Christiansen was identified only as "W" for witness. His conduct, and responding officer's conduct, was in clear violation of SAPD policy and procedure and the U.S. constitution. When I was treated at the hospital for injuries, a police saergent stated that I would not have been injured had I shut up and complied with Mr. Christian's wishes - and that I should have "assumed" I was under arrest when Mr. Christian (a black male in civilian clothing with no police ID who did not claim to be a police officer or ever state that I was being arrested) "handcuffed me". I responded by telling this saergent that every judge in the U.S. would be appalled at his suggestion that a civilian female submit to any male with handcuffs, because, according to his logic, the act of being handcuffed was the equivalent of being arrested. I told him he was insane, and that if society were to follow his logic, every pervert, murderer, and rapist (including rogue cops) would have an unlimited supply of victims, and women would have no protection under the law from these nutcases. An IA investigation was determined as "inconclusive". Never was an explanation given as to what Mr. Christian was doing at the hotel, why Mr. Christiansen attacked me, why, if he was acting on legitimate law enforcement business, did he fail to identify himself or place me under arrest, why, after he handcuffed me, he continued to beat and strangle me, why he failed to file a report in the matter, why he was not identified in the report, and why he was not arrested for assaulting me. There are details too numerous to mention in this e-mail, but I am alleging multiple violations of my civil rights against Mr. Christian and the SAPD.
In 2004 Officer Steve Christian, off duty, in civilian clothes, with no squad car or any type of police identification, attacked me as I exited my vehicle during a dispute with my former husband. He threw me face down onto the concrete (causing my cell phone, with which I planned to call police, to go flying across the parking lot), sat on me with his knee in my back, banged my head into the pavement, and strangled me (while I was already having difficulty breathing due to the "chokehold" he had me in and the fact that he was sitting on top of me with my being face down on the pavement. He did not identify himself as an officer, did not make any statement to the effect that I was under arrest, and at one point identified himself as "hotel security" (the hotel did not employ security). Three separate witnesses contacted 911 reporting a black male in dark sweatsuit handcuffing, beating, and choking a white or hispanic female. I have these 911 calls on tape. When police and emergency personnel arrived on the scene (in response to these calls), Mr. Christiansen refused to identify himself and responding officers were forced to contact his saergent to identify him. Mr. Christiansen wanted to walk away without identifying himself. This interaction between Mr. Christiansen and responding officers was recorded on police radio (of which I also have a copy). He made no arrest and filed no report in this matter. In the official report filed by responding officers, Mr. Christiansen was identified only as "W" for witness. His conduct, and responding officer's conduct, was in clear violation of SAPD policy and procedure and the U.S. constitution. When I was treated at the hospital for injuries, a police saergent stated that I would not have been injured had I shut up and complied with Mr. Christian's wishes - and that I should have "assumed" I was under arrest when Mr. Christian (a black male in civilian clothing with no police ID who did not claim to be a police officer or ever state that I was being arrested) "handcuffed me". I responded by telling this saergent that every judge in the U.S. would be appalled at his suggestion that a civilian female submit to any male with handcuffs, because, according to his logic, the act of being handcuffed was the equivalent of being arrested. I told him he was insane, and that if society were to follow his logic, every pervert, murderer, and rapist (including rogue cops) would have an unlimited supply of victims, and women would have no protection under the law from these nutcases. An IA investigation was determined as "inconclusive". Never was an explanation given as to what Mr. Christian was doing at the hotel, why Mr. Christiansen attacked me, why, if he was acting on legitimate law enforcement business, did he fail to identify himself or place me under arrest, why, after he handcuffed me, he continued to beat and strangle me, why he failed to file a report in the matter, why he was not identified in the report, and why he was not arrested for assaulting me. There are details too numerous to mention in this e-mail, but I am alleging multiple violations of my civil rights against Mr. Christian and the SAPD.

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