St. Louis officers accused of beating undercover colleague
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three St. Louis police officers were indicted Thursday for allegedly beating an undercover colleague during a 2017 protest and, along with a fourth officer, conspiring to cover up the crime.
The primary races last month to determine who will replace retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith in the 21st Congressional District attracted 22 candidates all told, 18 on the Republican side alone — numbers that pretty much assured runoff elections.
Re: “Rickhoff channels Gohmert in county race,” Brian Chasnoff, March 24:
This is a response to Brian Chasnoff’s column alleging I’m similar to “a reliably kooky congressman and fellow Republican” because our flow charts look similar. I’ve never previously been labeled “kooky,” through St. Mary’s University and law school, in my Vietnam combat brigade, as a successful federal prosecutor or in all my judicial roles.
Lamar Smith questions candidate’s use of photo in campaign mailer
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith has avoided weighing in on the field of 18 Republicans seeking to replace him in Congress after he retires in 2019.
But on Tuesday, the longtime San Antonio Republican took exception to a candidate’s use of his official photo in a mailer.
And history repeatsWill a U.S./Mexico border wall do any good?Great walls of history:The Great Wall of ChinaHadrian’s WallNew Amsterdam WallThe Maginot Line and Atlantic WallThe Berlin WallWalls that actually kept anyone out:None …Mark KuhlmannStovall the manRe: “Our picks to replace Smith set standard,” Editorial, Feb. 14:I wish to convey my sincere thanks to the Express-News editorial staff for conveying the truth about Jenifer Sarver, one GOP candidate for Lamar Smith’s District 21...
Balance, pleaseFeb. 13 must have been Trump-bashing Day. I saw four letters against and none pro-Trump.I don’t recall during the Obama reign seeing much about our attorney general being cited for contempt of Congress, lies about some movie causing the Benghazi raid, Lois Lerner abusing IRS powers, you can keep your doctor, unsecure servers transmitting classified info, erasing emails, secret meetings on the tarmac, on and on.A little balance might be nice.Bill KrizA different reformRe: “Time is...
Bexar County voters will begin to decide contested primaries up and down the ballot Tuesday, when 11 straight days of early voting begin ahead of the March 6 primaries.
Registered voters in the county can cast ballots at 38 locations, including the Bexar County Elections Department at 1103 S. Frio St.
The Democratic and Republican ballots contain congressional, state and county-level races, many of which are contested.
Congressional District 21 in Texas has known no representative other than Republican Rep. Lamar Smith since he won the seat in 1987 — a seat with district lines historically gerrymandered to heavily favor the GOP. Democrats are hoping that Smith’s retirement announcement last year and a blue wave driven by anti-Trump sentiments overcome that high hurdle in this election.
GOP lawmakers take aim at WHO agency over Roundup ingredient
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers are threatening to cut off U.S. funding for the World Health Organization's cancer research program over its finding that the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic to humans.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, has represented the 21st Congressional District since 1986. He will not seek re-election this year. Smith previously chaired the House Judiciary Committee, where he engaged in numerous immigration debates. The Catalyst, a publication of the George W. Bush Institute in which this first appeared, asked Smith for his views on the next steps for immigration policy.
The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman has threatened to subpoena the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for documents related to the federal government's purge of products made by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian software vendor accused of aiding Moscow's alleged cyber-espionage activities.
What happens if these candidates can’t “reclaim” their party?
Shannon McClendon is challenging state Sen. Donna Campbell because she wants to reclaim a small piece of the Republican Party.
The far right, the alt-right, she said, “they have hijacked my party, and I want it back.”
Jennifer Sarver is running for Congress to replace U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith for pretty much the same reason.
To The Honorable Lamar Smith:
Our families were well acquainted before your election. I remember with fondness attending elementary school as a classmate of your daughter. When you were first elected to Congress in 1987, I recall the excitement even among us young students. Those fond memories faded into shame and disgust as I read of your speech on the House floor recently.
Forum brings together GOP candidates in crowded race for Texas’ 21st Congressional District
Fifteen of the 18 Republican candidates in the primary for U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith’s congressional seat made their pitch Thursday at a forum organized by the San Antonio Republican Women.
In a crowded race that is all but guaranteed to go to a runoff after the March primaries, the forum offered the candidates a valuable yet brief opportunity to answer a key question for their largely undecided electorate: Who should succeed Smith, a conservative bulwark for the district since 1987?
St. Louis protests, GOP gains among Missouri’s top stories
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican gains and protests that erupted after a white officer's acquittal in a black suspect's shooting death were among the top 10 stories in Missouri in 2017. The full list is:
RACE ISSUES DOMINATE AFTER OFFICER'S AQUITTAL IN ST. LOUIS POLICE SHOOTING
A recent column, “Science That Leads” by House Science Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas, argued that social and behavioral sciences are not worth public investment. As an engineer, I take care when I say the facts disagree. In 2014, medical experts were working furiously to manage the threat of Ebola. Anthropologists understood funeral practices in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and were able to intervene in ways that slowed the spread of the illness. Behavioral sciences have had...
Soon-to-be former Bexar GOP chair makes run for Congress official
Robert Stovall, chairman of the Bexar County Republican Party, kicked off his campaign for the 21st Congressional District on Wednesday and announced he will step down from his position next week.
The announcement comes almost a month after Rep. Lamar Smith said he’s retiring from Congress after holding the seat, which covers parts of San Antonio, Austin and the Hill Country, since 1987.
- San Antonio Express-NewsYes, herd mentality — for climate change deniersDecember 24, 2018
- San Antonio Express-NewsYour Turn: Nov. 23November 22, 2018
- San Antonio Express-NewsGroup names Lamar Smith ‘Texan of the Year’November 20, 2018
- Houston ChronicleTexas loses congressional clout as the Democrats retake the HouseNovember 7, 2018
- San Antonio Express-NewsO’Rourke outpacing Cruz in Bexar County early returnsNovember 7, 2018
The continued exodus of veteran Republican congressmen from Texas won't bring any more Democrats to Washington next year. These districts are considered "safe" for the GOP, either through natural voting sentiments or artificial gerrymandering. But the change could affect voters in another way: They may be exchanging conservative Republicans who actually got the job done with extremists who won't compromise with any Democrats and often their fellow Republicans.
For the sake of our national security, I am thankful that Speaker Paul Ryan appointed U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, Chairman of the House, Science, Space, and Technology Committee, as a conferee to the Armed Services Conference Committee.
Texas may swap US House seniority for staunch conservatism
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country's largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party's leadership on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Lamar Smith says he won’t be seeking re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Lamar Smith, a climate change skeptic who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, announced Thursday he won't run for re-election, making his 16th term in office his last.
Smith, a Texas Republican, said in a statement "this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else."
Rep. Lamar Smith, a senior Republican from Texas who was instrumental in writing the strict immigration crackdown of 1996, announced Thursday he will retire from Congress at the end of next year.
He's served 30 years in Congress, including stints as chairman of the Judiciary and Science committees.
But he said he felt it was time to give up his seat.
It is a fact that 2011 was not one of the 10 warmest years on record.
But this doesn’t change other facts. It doesn’t mean, for example, that 2016, 2015 and 2014 aren’t the three warmest years on record. They are, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Just as 2010 and 2013 are the fourth and fifth warmest years on record. Just as 2012 was the ninth warmest year on record.
Perilous pathRe: “Climate alarmists,” Your Turn, oct. 18:U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith continues to dig down and deny climate change. His stance poses a serious problem for our country. Whether the local temperature measures 100 or not, we are undergoing globally warmer weather. Whether the cause is human or only partially human, we must address the climate of our planet. Even if it is not as bad as we fear, we cannot make a mistake by failing to put in place measures to improve protections for our...
Protests may affect St. Louis vote to give raise to police
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Voters in St. Louis will soon be asked to weigh in on a half-cent sales tax increase that would be used to give officers a raise.
Judge weighs regulating St. Louis police during protests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters asking a federal judge to regulate St. Louis police conduct have described being beaten and pepper-sprayed during recent demonstrations, but police defended their efforts to disperse sometimes unruly crowds.
St. Louis aldermen committee tables resolution on police
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted not to send a resolution supporting the city's police to the full board for discussion.
The decision came Tuesday in a meeting where several committee members said they were frustrated that they are spending time debating resolutions since a white police officer was acquitted in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black motorist.
5 arrested after latest St. Louis-area protests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police have arrested five people in Ferguson following the latest round of protests over a white former St. Louis police officer's acquittal last month in a black suspect's shooting death.
St. Louis aldermen to hear from chief on protest response
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis aldermen on Friday called on the interim police chief to defend the department's handling of protests in the wake of criticism that has included a lawsuit and calls for an independent investigation.
The Board of Aldermen approved a resolution to have interim Chief Lawrence O'Toole appear before the Public Safety Committee. It wasn't immediately clear when he would appear. A police spokeswoman said O'Toole hasn't seen the resolution or been invited to the committee.
Greitens ignores demonstrators chants to leave fundraiser
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Several dozen protesters gathered outside a hotel where Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was holding a fundraiser and chanted that the governor should come out to meet them.
The protesters marched Thursday evening from the St. Louis County jail to a Ritz-Carlton hotel a few blocks away in Clayton.
St. Louis police investigation request goes to Washington
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The request by St. Louis leaders to have the U.S. attorney's office investigate police conduct at protests has been referred to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.
New wave of protest leaders emerged after Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Young people thrust into activism by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson are leading a new wave of civil disobedience in St. Louis, mentored by a civil rights movement veteran and driven by the belief that change won't happen until the entire region is confronted with the uncomfortable reality of racism.
Police: Interstate protesters arrested for trespassing
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say the 143 people arrested after a protest on a busy highway near downtown are accused of trespassing.
The protest happened Tuesday night on Interstate 64. Police late Wednesday released the names of those arrested, saying all of them will face the same municipal charge.
The list shows the vast majority of the protesters who were arrested are from the St. Louis area. Only six are from states other than Missouri or Illinois.
143 arrested after protest blocks St. Louis highway traffic
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police arrested 143 people after protesters blocked traffic on a busy highway near downtown St. Louis as part of the ongoing demonstrations against the acquittal of a white former police officer in the 2011 killing of a black man.
Protesters gathered Tuesday evening and marched to Interstate 64, where some walked onto the roadway and blocked traffic for several minutes. Police began arresting people after protesters left the highway.
ACLU sues St. Louis police over handling of 2015 protest
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A week after approving a resolution remembering a man who was fatally shot by St. Louis police, the city's Board of Aldermen considered — but did not pass — a resolution Friday honoring police for their handling of demonstrations that arose after the officer was acquitted.
Documentary filmmakers sue over arrest at St. Louis protest
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two documentary filmmakers are suing the city of St. Louis and three police officers, saying one of them was cursed at and beaten and they were both sprayed with chemicals when they were arrested during a protest following the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black man.
The Latest: St. Louis mayor, chief seek third-party probe
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on protests that followed the acquittal of a former St. Louis police officer in the death of a black man (all times local):
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole are calling for a third-party investigation into allegations of police misconduct during protests that followed the acquittal of a white former police officer in the death of a black man.
Concerns raised about arrests at suburban St. Louis protest
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several elected officials and faith leaders on Monday called for an investigation into the way police arrested and incarcerated protesters at a suburban St. Louis mall, with many referring to the altercation as a "police riot."
Police from both agencies involved in the arrests defended officers' actions, saying demonstrators got out of hand Saturday at the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, Missouri, and officers had no choice but to take some of them to the ground.
The Latest: Missouri official wants review over civil suit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on protests following the acquittal of a former police officer in the death of a black man in St. Louis. (all times local):
Missouri's attorney general is calling for an investigation into claims that evidence was withheld in a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer.
I first sat down to write a piece like this three years ago, when my city, St. Louis, was wracked with the initial convulsions of what would later be known simply as “Ferguson.”
I didn’t submit it for publication then. I wasn’t sure it would make a useful contribution. I didn’t know if it would jeopardize other important work I was involved in. I wasn’t confident that people would understand my meaning.
ACLU sues St. Louis over treatment of protesters
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis on Friday over what it called "unlawful and unconstitutional action" during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a white former police officer in the death of a black man.
The Latest: Protesters leave mall, march on suburban street
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on unrest in St. Louis following the acquittal of a former police officer I the death of a black man (all times local):
About 150 protesters gathered outside the St. Louis Outlet Mall in the north St. Louis County town of Hazelwood.
But the mall and all its stores had closed early on Friday because of the planned protests. So organizers had everyone carpool to nearby St. Charles, which was overrun with thousands of people attending an Oktoberfest event.
AUDIO: Inside the St. Louis protests following the acquittal in the Anthony Lamar Smith murder
The Philadelphia Tribune talks with St. Louis American reporter Kenya Vaughn about the Anthony Lamar Smith murder, case, acquittal and protest.
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‘White allies’ protest of police shooting leads to stadium
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of mostly white protesters gathered Thursday evening in downtown St. Louis and marched, chanting "white silence is violence" in the latest demonstration following the acquittal of a former police officer in the death of a black man.
St. Louis businessman’s criticism of police spurs backlash
The owner of a St. Louis-area pizzeria chain and a police union leader said Thursday that they hope to arrange a meeting after the restauranteur's social media criticism of officers led to a boycott and hundreds of angry phone calls.
St. Louis faith leaders urge peace, justice amid turmoil
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Leaders of several faiths on Tuesday called for peace and justice amid the turmoil that followed the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the 2011 death of a black man.
The Latest: St. Louis mayor decries police officers’ chant
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on protests over the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the killing of a black suspect (all times local):
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says it wasn't acceptable for police to chant "Whose streets? Our streets!" on Sunday after clearing out protesters and onlookers in the city's downtown.
Police give room to St. Louis protests until trouble starts
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police have given demonstrators in the latest St. Louis protests a wide berth, applying a lesson learned in nearby Ferguson to offer protesters ample room to have their say, at least until trouble starts.
But critics complain that the tactic comes with an unjust catch: If vandalism or rock throwing begin, officers order crowds to disperse and block all exits. The result, they say, is an arrest net that sweeps up journalists, bystanders and peaceful demonstrators.
Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St. Louis business
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded.
The unrest that followed Friday's ruling closed large corporate offices, shut down restaurants and bars and even forced U2 to call off a concert that would have drawn 50,000 fans into the heart of the city. And protest organizers may not be done.