Pharr commissioners defend official who called “chainsaw man” a hero, protesters demand resignation

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PHARR, Texas — Protesters petitioned outside of Pharr City Hall on Friday demanding that a city commissioner resign following a comment made on a social media post.

Ricardo Medina, City of Pharr Commissioner Place 5, commented “He should be a hero!” on a video of a man waving a chainsaw at protesters in McAllen.

Medina’s comment was circulated around social media and soon after people were calling for the commissioner’s resignation.

The City of Pharr held a special meeting for the commissioner’s court to discuss the issue.

Protesters gathered outside city hall before the meeting to demand action be taken.

During the meeting, all city commissioners and the city mayor defended Medina’s action.

The city officials acknowledged that the comment was a mistake but expressed that everyone has a right to their opinion.

Several residents were allowed to speak during the public comment section and disagreed with the court, calling on Medina’s resignation.

One woman was even asked to leave after she uncontrollably laughed in a way to interrupt the meeting.

Commissioner Medina claimed he did not see the full video before leaving his comment.

“I also believe that the destruction of buildings is unacceptable, I’m not familiar with all the ins and outs of social media and I made a mistake and as a strong supporter of the business community,” said Medina. “I reacted as a supporter of the business community, I didn’t watch the whole video and I realize that was an oversight on my part.”

Medina originally spoke with KVEO-TV on the issue on Wednesday and gave a similar response.

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