ALBUQUERQUE: Saturday, dozens of patriots gathered at and around the The Backstreet Grill in Albuquerque to support the businesses which has been harassed by the New Mexico State Police and health department for refusing to comply with Governor Grisham’s public health orders.
Corrine Rios wrote on Friday, “Backstreet Grill received a court order [Friday], 5/7/21, to shut down. They are going to stand their ground and open up for business tomorrow, 5/8/21, anyway. There is a very good chance they may try to come arrest Chris the owner tomorrow. He needs as big of a presence as possible there and lots of people ready with their cameras.They open at 11am.A fellow patriot needs our help!”
After the protest, we discovered a staff attorney for the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Eric Shimamoto, was sharing advice about the event, declaring that it was a violation of public health orders and that he advised his over 500 followers– and perhaps others since the post was sharable to any group on Facebook and visible to anyone on the internet– to file reports and complaints against the restaurant, advising his Facebook friends, “[They] seem to be pretty proud of breaking the law. Since you’re looking at these photos, you’re a witness.” Is that your professional, legal advice, Eric? Or is this your personal perspective?
Are you handing out state-sanctioned advice from your Facebook account? Or are you a political commentator, on top of working for the state’s second-most powerful state court?
Will Shmamoto be writing an opinion for judges as they shoot down the hopes and dreams of the next freedom-loving New Mexican whose case goes to the state court of appeals? Will his angry words and prejudicial comments (before hearing or knowing all the facts) influence the judges he works for? Or will he be influencing the court of appeals judges?
According to the New Mexico Court of Appeals website, Eric Shimamoto has worked for the court of appeals as a staff attorney since March of 2013. The state of New Mexico’s sunshine portal lists a staffer with a start date of 2013 as earning a salary of $74,588.80 annually.
We’re proud of the dozens, and probably hundreds, of patriots who stood their ground and showed up to support the business. We’re sharing a few pictures from Facebook. The support will continue. Stacy shared, “Dinner was great. The staff was working hard. There seemed to be quite a lot of support–when we left the patio was full. The NMSP stayed about half an hour to 45 minutes then they left. It was clear they really didn’t want to be there. There were two health inspectors that appeared to be trying to get them to arrest the manager, but he held strong. He didn’t do anything but quote the Constitution, so they really couldn’t arrest him for that. When the NMSP left, at least one of them was extremely friendly, shook hands with some of the diners, and chatted it up with them. All-in-all it was great. I was so happy to have been there. We are planning to return and continue to support them.”
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