Quarrel between county officials, sheriff and company boss over boat, social media attacks escalate
SAN ANTONIO – A public feud involving three county officials, a local business executive and a boat escalated on Tuesday.
Among the latest developments, Ward 3 Commissioner Trish DeBerry told KSAT she was filing a police report on threat posts on social media related to the feud.
At the center of the feud is a bill of around $ 32,000 for a ship that Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has asked county commissioners to allow him to buy with funds seized or donated to his office. .
When Salazar proposed the idea at a public meeting earlier this year, Salazar told commissioners the single-engine boat would be used for rescues and investigations on the region’s waterways, saying his office does not. had not currently and had to request access to other agencies in the region if needed.
During the meeting, DeBerry asked him for details about the purchase and why he had not provided advanced documentation. Ultimately, the commissioners delayed the approval of the purchase to gather more information on maintenance and other potential costs.
Jarred Taylor, a local resident who is an executive with Black Rifle Coffee Company, said he was upset by the media coverage of DeBerry’s issues. Taylor said he decided to ask his colleagues and fellow Black Rifle board members if they would cover the $ 32,000 for the boat and they agreed.
Earlier this month, Black Rifle Coffee Company presented a check to Salazar and the sheriff’s office. Taylor took to her Instagram page to share the news and target DeBerry.
In an article with an image of Taylor and Salazar posing with the check, Taylor tagged DeBerry and criticized her. The post, which has been liked over 28,000 times, ended with “Good luck for the next election season, as I will be making my own announcements for free.”
The post drew nearly 1,000 comments, many of them disparaging DeBerry.
DeBerry told KSAT on Tuesday that some of the Instagram comments threatened her and her family.
“We are following you. You better watch your back. This stuff worries you, especially when I have teenagers at home, ”DeBerry said in an interview with KSAT 12 News.
DeBerry said that due to the threats, she began the process of filing a police report and was trying to determine who the report would name.
“I am talking to the criminal investigator in the district attorney’s office, but by the time I file the report, there will be an entity or a person,” she said.
DeBerry also criticized Salazar for being behind the attack on social media and “for not giving full context” to his decision. She was also concerned that the sheriff had not contacted her directly about the threats, but that one of her team leaders was well aware of it.
Salazar did not comment on DeBerry’s concerns on Tuesday, but said on Monday the first he learned of the social media backlash was in a scathing letter sent to him by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on Monday.
Wolff’s letter criticized the sheriff for promoting and ignoring social media attacks on DeBerry.
Wolff wrote that Taylor’s Instagram post launched “one of the ugliest and most egregious manifestations of sexism and personal attacks that I have ever seen in my fifty years in politics.”
“It is more than reprehensible that community leaders encourage such behavior for political ends. More importantly, what is said when other community leaders ignore this behavior and allow it to continue publicly without uniting in condemning it? The contemptible behavior displayed in this case is no less an affront to human dignity and the values of tolerance and respect that we share as a community – it should not be tolerated, ”Wolff said.
Taylor sent Wolff a letter of his own on Tuesday, telling the judge that his statements about Salazar “have grown to be one of the most hideous displays of politicians who don’t really understand or understand the situation they are talking about.” .
Taylor criticized Wolff for “attacking” his First Amendment when he asked his followers on his Instagram account for their opinion on DeBerry’s questions and the perceived attitude towards Salazar during the meeting.
“I then went to my personal social media account, quoted Trish in her own words and described the situation … so that everyone could make up their own mind about the current situation,” Taylor said in his letter.
Wolff’s letter stated that Taylor’s post paved the way for hundreds of “vile and despicable posts that attack DeBerry as a woman, as a leader and her family, including comments such as” BRCC (Black Rifle Coffee Company) shooting down a Sh * tty politician at one time.
In her letter, Taylor admitted that some of the comments on DeBerry “were strong and in some cases used language I wouldn’t have used. However, your beef there is with the commentators, not me or my company.
“Please stop trying to eclipse this problem with rudimentary things like storage and operating costs for a single-motor rescue boat. In the end, Trish attacked our sheriff as if he was asking for a personal watercraft for recreation. She needs to take responsibility for how she handled this, apologize for her ridiculous response and get things done so that the county can have the safety gear it needs. You have given all of us, the voters, everything we need to get down to business and start hunting these dinosaur politicians with very biased mindsets, ”Taylor said.
You can read Taylor’s letter to Wolff in full below:
Editor’s Note: KSAT deleted Taylor’s address from the letter.
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