Feb 3 event. "The children in this community have been traumatized."
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Some Barrio Logan and Logan Heights residents want answers from the San Diego Police Department for its handling of last month's Patriot Picnic protest at Chicano Park.

Co-founder of Chicano Park Josephine Talamantez presented those questions in a letter to new police chief David Nisleit.

Their concerns center on a February 3rd protest by a group known as the Bordertown Patriots. The Patriots believe that Chicano Park, its murals as well as the flying of the Aztlan Flag, discriminates against non-Hispanic people. Fifty or so members of the group gathered at Chicano Park to express their concerns.

Meanwhile, hundreds of others gathered on the other side. Many there for a educational tour of Chicano Park and others there to show their opposition to the Bordertown Patriots.

Other than a few arrests, one of which of a man who punched a police officer, the gathering was not violent. But some residents accuse the police department of having a double standard.

"It is my understanding that the San Diego Police Department acted very quickly to disarm the terrorist by allowing them to place their weapons and other paraphernalia back into their vehicles," reads a letter sent to Chief Nisleit. "Though I appreciate the [department] for their quick response to disarm them, if it had been Chicano/Latinos armed to do harm, their weapons would have been confiscated and they would have been arrested."

Furthermore, Talamantez says that the Patriot Picnic was more a white supremacist rally than a gathering of a patriotic picnickers.

Talamantez' group wants the city to explain why permits were issued, if they were issued.

In addition, the letter also objects to the response from the police department.

"It was shocking to see the Swat/Tactical Squad on the Coronado [Bridge] on-ramp with automatic high power assault rifles propped up against the rails of the bridge ready to fire upon us. Was that amount of armory called for and is that standard procedure? The children in this community have been traumatized by all of this and many fear for their lives."

In an email to the Reader, Talamantez says she met with police chief Nisleit on March 16 to talk about those concerns. The group is now drafting a formal response to be made public at a later date.

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AlexClarke March 24, 2018 @ 11:57 a.m.

It is always better to be prepared. In other words plan for disaster success takes care of itself. I agree, however, if the non-white actors had been armed the PD would have arrested them and confiscated the weapons.


RogerO March 24, 2018 @ 1:56 p.m.

I'm sure some of the park supporters WERE carrying weapons. The police did not even check them. Yet, they are crying that they were treated unfairly. Give me a frigging break. The only reason that Chicano mob was organized against us was to threaten and intimidate us, merely because we wanted to fly an American flag in the middle of a publically-funded, supposedly American park. Talamantez is such a bald-faced liar and propagandist, just like the rest of the Chicano Park Steering Committee.

There were non-whites on both sides, not that it's necessary to expect that your rights be respected. The police arrested a Mexican-American for carrying a taser on our side. The police also shoved a young Mexican-American woman on our side hard to the ground, because she tried to run through police line to try to retrieve some stuff they left behind. The black man who seriously injured a policeman was on the side side of the Park Supporters. There was also a black supremacist group, Sicarii, supporting this brown supremacist park.


RogerO March 24, 2018 @ 1:59 p.m.

They claim Chicano Park is the first part of Aztlan to be conquered.


Psycholizard March 28, 2018 @ 4:17 p.m.

Let's be clear, Chicano Park is under an overpass to a freeway built under protest through a predominantly Latino community. The Park sits on land once occupied by homes condemned and bulldozed for that freeway. It's consolation for wholesale destruction. The Murals are an attempt to stop graffiti, and are authentic expression, if some may disagree with the message. Those who come from elsewhere, or were born yesterday, might not understand the compromise that is Chicano Park. Educate yourself before screaming ignorance.


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