Bob Filner has stood with us and now we stand with him. If we allow public executions and a kangaroo court-style of justice, we are headed to a dark chapter of injustice. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” as Martin Luther King Jr. used to say. He was a friend of Filner’s family, and Filner is a friend of mine. No one supports the mistreatment of women or anyone else.

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Yesterday we held a press conference and many in the media are portraying it as a rally, which it was not. It appears some in the media want to pit pro- and anti-due process folks against each other. I do not.

All I want is justice. If a crime has been committed, then that crime needs to be dealt with. That applies to mayor, alleged victims and/or anyone else. It is shameful how some people on both sides of the aisle have taken advantage of an unfortunate situation.

As mayor, as in previous positions, Filner has been doing a great job: binational Olympic hopes, the Balboa Park 2015 celebration, the homeless, etc. I realize he is stepping on lots of toes. Let’s get on with moving the city forward, no more circus acts. Let the judicial system deal with legal issues. Due process is everyone’s right.

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Enrique Morones

Enrique Morones is a community activist and organizer.

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