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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Court Records

Liberty Legal Defense Fund

San Antonio Police Department Records

Newsclippings

Assorted Materials

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Entrapment Operations in San Antonio Parks Collection, 1993-2005



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McGowan, Michael
Title: Entrapment Operations in San Antonio Parks Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1993-2005
Creator Abstract: Michael McGowan resides in San Antonio and worked as an activist with the city's LGBTQ community. McGowan served on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center San Antonio (GLCCSA), as the Political Action Coordinator for the San Antonio Equal Rights Political Caucus (SAERPC), and as President of the San Antonio chapter of Log Cabin Republicans.
Content Abstract: The Entrapment Operations in San Antonio Parks Collection was brought together by Michael McGowan while serving on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center San Antonio. The collection is comprised of printed materials that chronicle entrapment operations of San Antonio police and park rangers in the city's parks. Also in the collection are records covering efforts by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center to stop entrapment actions and assist some of those arrested in park undercover operations. The collection has been arranged into the following series: correspondence, court records, Liberty Legal Defense Fund records, San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) records, newsclippings, and assorted materials.
Identification: MS 415
Extent: .11 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Michael McGowan resides in San Antonio and worked as an activist with the city's LGBTQ community. McGowan served on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center San Antonio, as the Political Action Coordinator for the San Antonio Equal Rights Political Caucus, and as President of the San Antonio chapter of Log Cabin Republicans.

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Scope and Content Note

The Entrapment Operations in San Antonio Parks Collection was brought together by Michael McGowan while serving on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center San Antonio. The collection is comprised of printed materials that chronicle entrapment operations of San Antonio police and park rangers in the city's parks during the 1990s through the early 2000s. Also in the collection are records covering efforts by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center to stop entrapment actions and assist some of those arrested during park undercover operations.

Highlights of the collection include San Antonio park ranger incident reports for hundreds of men arrested during entrapment operations. Internal memoranda from the San Antonio Police Department, the mayor's office, and local officials cover park ranger training, citizen complaints about illicit activities in San Antonio parks, and efforts by local officials to stop these activities. Also included are court records from individual cases that received assistance from the Liberty Legal Defense Fund founded by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center San Antonio. The collection has been arranged into the following series: correspondence, court records, Liberty Legal Defense Fund, San Antonio Police department records, newsclippings, and assorted materials.

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Organization of Collection

Correspondence
Court Records
Liberty Legal Defense Fund
San Antonio Police Department Records
Newsclippings
Assorted Materials

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Bonn, Richard.
Frausto, Alvaro.
Garner, Tyron.
Lawrence, John Geddes.
Marconi, Benjamin E.
Matthews, Malcolm.
McGowan, Michael.
Mery, Michael E.
Mojica, Alfred L.
Peak, Howard.
Philippus, Al A.
Saucedo, Edward.
Thomas, Andrew D.
Trott, Byron.
Organizations
San Antonio Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
San Antonio Express News.
San Antonio Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans.
San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.
San Antonio Police Department.
Subjects
Gay community--Texas--San Antonio.
Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
Gay rights--Texas--San Antonio.
Gays--Texas--San Antonio--Political activity.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
Genres/Formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Legal documents.
Police records.
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Clubs and Organizations
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources
San Antonio History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Entrapment Operations in San Antonio Parks Collection, , MS 415, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by Michael McGowan in June 2013 (Acc. 2013-031).

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant, July 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence

Series includes correspondence between Michael McGowan and City of San Antonio officials, local politicians, attorneys, and United States government officials and agencies.
Box
1 Political, 1998-2003 and undated
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With enclosures on homosexual conduct law in Texas, 1999
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Park ranger instruction, 1999-2001
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Open records requests, 2000
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Criminal District Attorney Susan Reed, April 2000
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Assorted agencies and organizations, 2000-2001
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San Antonio City Manager, 2001
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Court Records

Lawrence vs. State of Texas was a landmark case in which the United States Supreme Court struck down the sodomy law in Texas. The Vasquez and Renick cases involved men arrested in San Antonio parks by undercover park rangers on charges of indecent exposure.
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1 John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner vs. the State of Texas, amended brief of appellants, 1999
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Roman Espinoza Vasquez vs. the State of Texas, opinion on appellee's motion for rehearing, 1999
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State of Texas vs. Brink Coleman Renick, motion to suppress, July 12, 2000
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Liberty Legal Defense Fund

Liberty Legal Defense Fund was founded by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center San Antonio to assist some individuals arrested during entrapment operations who chose to fight the charges against them.
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1 State of Texas vs. Alfaro Frausto (on cd), memos from SAPD to park ranger Chief Bonn, 1997-2005
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State of Texas vs. Alfred Mojica, 2000
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Assumed name certificates, 2000
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Alfred L. Mojica appeal, misconduct charges again Judge Michael E. Mery, 2001
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Newsclippings, 2000-2001 and undated
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San Antonio Police Department Records

Series consists of citizen complaints about illicit activities in San Antonio parks and responses to these complaints by city officials. The bulk of the records are comprised of offense and incident reports documenting arrests of men in local parks.
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2 Interoffice correspondence regarding park ranger training, undercover operations, 1994-1997
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Complaints about illicit activities in San Antonio parks, 1995-1999
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Sex offense "38" report, 1997
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Statistical arrests for Olmos Park, 1997
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Incident reports, 1998-1999
Incident report-man protesting entrapment operations, 1999
Offense reports, 2001
Covert operations procedures, undated
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Newsclippings

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2 Articles on gay issues, 2001 and undated
Assorted, 1993-2003
Indecent exposure cases, 1999
Same-sex marriage, 1999-2001
San Antonio Current, February 2000

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Assorted Materials

Box
1 Comments by Mayor Howard Peak, 1993-1996
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Uncivil Rights: selections from the Christian Coalition Siege on the San Antonio City Council, videocassette produced by the San Antonio chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, January 29, 1998
Timeline and overview of SAPD and park ranger operations, 1993-2001
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Press release: LAPD lewd conduct arrest records, ACLU pocket card on police encounters, 1999-2000
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Assorted printed materials, 2000
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"Addressing Police Misconduct" brochure, undated
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Notes on arrest statistics, undated
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"Notes on FBI interview," undated
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Travel advisory put out by the GLCCSA, undated
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