Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
The City of Laredo firmly believes in the right to peacefully assemble and have your voice heard. The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the death of countless people of color throughout history, has spurred nationwide protests and reignited the dialogue about institutionalized racism and justice in this country. We send our condolences to the family of Mr. Floyd during these most difficult times.
We are not silent on this issue. Our city leaders have taken progressive approaches to protect the rights and safety of our citizens and have a zero tolerance approach to racism.
Our police force is composed of a highly trained, experienced, and diverse group of men and women who reflect the faces of our citizenry.
The Laredo Police Department has consistently engaged the community residents in a meaningful way that show not only are police officers here to protect them, but that they are also available and within reach so that they can communicate any concerns, make suggestions and network with their police department to make their community safer and more progressive.
Public activities such as Coffee with a Cop, bike rodeos, collaborations with our local university and community college are just a few of the many ways that we invite and open lines of communications with our citizenry to allow them to get to know us and understand the specific issues in our city.
Citizen engagement through our social media channels, which gives alerts and news updates 24-7, and the Laredo PD app which allows citizens the opportunity to participate in the reporting
of crimes with complete anonymity, have become meaningful venues of communication.
New technology and continued citizen engagement opportunities are the progressive, proactive paths to better communication and citizen engagement.
All of this is done with the well-being of every citizen in mind and inclusive of new innovative ideas and adopted best practices which make the Laredo Police Departments one of the best police departments in the country.
We welcome this opportunity to have a city-wide discussion about injustices in our community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall and all public buildings have been closed to the public since April 14, 2020. Online, phone and drive-thru services remain uninterrupted.
Given the current COVID-19 safety precautions that are in place, anyone can request a virtual meeting with the Mayor, the City Manager, or any elected official by contacting their office and going through the proper channels.
Our city and our employees continue to work for the safety and justice of all Laredoans.
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No mention is made of past lapses by local police. And there is no emphatic denouncement towards police brutality. There is no mention of the process by which a person can submit a complaint of police abuse and the recourse that one has.
A rally was held at city hall, on May 30, relating to the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. No city officials were present at the event. And when rally organizers attempted to speak to city officials this week, nobody from a position of power made themselves available. They can meet with the media, face to face, but they can't make time for their own citizenry.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
An online flier posted online by the health department. (photo via City of Laredo FB alerts)
El Metro accepting ten riders per bus. Some seats are cordoned off to allow for space between passengers. (photo via Univision live stream on FB)
Grocery stores were encouraged to set aside hours for the elderly to shop. (photo via FB)
Schools started providing meals for students. Parents were advised to Grab & Go. (photo via Cigarroa H.S. Twitter)
Front page of the Times from March 17, 2020: first case announced.
Photo taken Sunday, March 15, 2020. Customers lined up at HEB before the store opened at 8:00 a.m. I walked to the store, just to take a picture.
TX-DOT reminding drivers to stay safe and healthy.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Read more here: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/coronavirus/article241386441.html#storylink=cpy
Sunday, March 8: city leaders travel to Washington, D.C. as part of their yearly jaunt.
Monday, March 9: Texas Department of State Health Services present information to county commissioners regarding Covid 19. Attention is given to jail facility.
Wednesday, March 11: Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson quarantined in Australia after testing positive for Covid 19. NBA season is suspended.
Friday, March 13: LISD teachers send extra work home with students, in case that Spring Break is extended.
UISD cancels practices, the use of open courts, fields, weight rooms.
Saturday, March 14: The Tecolotes Dos Laredo's suspend preseason games, postpone regular season.
HEB stores close at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Announcement is made by city officials that 2 patients at Doctors Hospital tested negative for Covid 19.
Monday, March 16: First case of Covid 19 is confirmed by health department. Person had not travelled to any hotspot areas. Infection was classified as community-acquired.
TX-DOT announces that employees will start working remotely, starting on Monday.
Emergency declaration is announced by city and county officials. The emergency management plan is set in motion.
Tuesday, March 17: City council convenes an emergency meeting. They vote on a 2-week lockdown. Residents are encouraged to stay home; grocery stores, pharmacies and doctors offices are allowed to stay open.
Facilities that are ordered to close are: bars, bingos, 8-liner joints and entertainment facilities.
Wednesday, March 18: Outlet stores remain open but foot traffic is minimal.
El Cenizo orders a lockdown.
Diocese of Laredo cancels services.
Laredo Police Department headquarters is closed for visitors.
Sheriff's downtown office limits visitors who want to pick up information, reports.
Rio Bravo issues lockdown order.
Thursday, March 19: County judge signs emergency order, restricts gatherings of more than 10 people.
City of Laredo launched text alert app for Laredoans to get Covid 19 updates.
Friday, March 20: Three people tested positive for Covid 19, bringing the total to 4, according to city officials.
The bridges didn't close, but non-essential travel was prohibited.
Saturday, March 21: parks were closed at noon to discourage groups of people from congregating.
Regular unleaded: $1.77 per gallon in south Laredo.
Laredo Federal Credit Union to be open only Monday thru Friday.
Monday, March 23: Schools started Grab & Go meals, providing food for students.
Two more people test positive for CoronaVirus, bringing total to 6.
Tuesday, March 24: City officials report 3 new confirmed cases, bringing total up to 9.
Mexican Consulate in Laredo suspends community activities.
Wednesday, March 25: Total confirmed Covid 19 cases is up to 13.