SAPOA Press Release – January 12, 2020

‘BROKEN BLUE’ SERIES MISLEADS PUBLIC, MALIGNS OFFICERS

KSAT Series rehashes old cases to mislead the public and impugn integrity of all Police Officers.

San Antonio, TX – The KSAT-TV “Defender” series, Broken Blue, features misleading, sensationalistic, and old reporting about the officer appeals process that derives from both State Law (Local Government Code Chapter 143) and a Binding Agreement between the San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) and the City of San Antonio. SAPOA believes the series is misleading for several reasons:

First, the series includes several old cases that have been reported on extensively and resolved years ago. The fact that KSAT-TV had to go back several years to find material for this series is a testament to the fact that complaints about police misconduct are lower today than they have ever been.

Second, over the past ten years, there have been forty cases of “indefinite suspension” that have gone through the disciplinary and appeals process. These cases represent approximately four per year. There are 2,300 police officers on the force meaning that the cases discussed in the Broken Blue series represent .0017% of all police officers.

Third, the series compares the SAPOA’s contract with Police Union contracts in several other cities, implying the contract we maintain with the City of San Antonio has “problematic” protections. Unfortunately, none of the cities noted are in Texas, and since Texas and San Antonio have their own set of laws, the series is comparing apples to oranges.

Finally, the series implies that SAPOA overtly influences the process in favor of retaining “bad” officers. This is very misleading on the part of KSAT-TV. First, nothing in SAPOA’s contract with the City of San Antonio supports wrong doing by any officer. In addition, for serious allegations, SAPD is completely within their authority to take any action against an offending officer. Nothing in our contract or state law prohibits them from doing so.

“This series attacks SAPOA and our members by saying we’re too powerful and that we make it difficult to remove ‘problem’ officers,” said Michel Helle, President of the San Antonio Police Officers Association. “While I agree we’re a strong organization, when it comes to the discipline and appeals process, our role is simple and transparent: ensure that the rights of officers are observed and protected.”

8 thoughts on “SAPOA Press Release – January 12, 2020”

  1. More lies and misinformation from the media. I support our officers and am grateful for their courage. As in all professions, some make poor choices and they are dealt with accordingly. Cops have negotiated contracts and laws, to protect them from abusive Chiefs, who use their positions to attack those, whom they dislike.
    We should look to these contracts and protections, as an example for other organizations to protect employees, instead of chastising those who have protections of which they fought for.

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  2. What about protecting the rights of the citizens they violated? They are hired to serve and protect! They are held to a higher standard! I’m all for due process but feeding poop to another human being, busting an eye socket, threatening to beat up a handcuffed person are egregious violations. They should not have received a get out of jail free pass over a technicality. You should be ashamed of protecting such individuals.

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  3. Yes, old cases but the fact remains that even though his heart was in the right place to help the girl, it was still not upholding the law. Newsman should’ve given ALL info. not just statists fr. other states to compare with Texas laws/stats, they aren’t the same.
    LaHood had a God complex & wasn’t afraid to use his power egotistcally. He definitely backstroked on his seemingly disappointed view of how the 2nd charge was handled.
    Interesting story but I don’t trust any news, they are too skewed.

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  4. Ratings must be low. They report with near impunity and RARELY apologize for it. They should ride along in those cities they used.

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  5. We often hear about suspensions being handed out like crazy. I’d like to know how much the city collects from suspensions every year and where does that money go. Technically when an officer is disciplined he pays a hefty fine. Sounds like revenue…..

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  6. PROBLEM IS LIKE IN LIFE PAST DESGRESIONS ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN..
    BUT ALSO TRUE IS THAT WITHOUT OUR BRAVE GREAT POLICE OFFICER’S EVERY CITY IN AMERICA WOULD BE A CRIMINALS PLAY GROUND & EVERY CITIZEN A VICTIM.. WE MUST HAVE OPEN INVESTIGATIONS IN TO THE FEW WRONG DOINGS & PAY OUR OFFICERS BETTER FOR HONORABLE SERVICE
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  7. The police officer who beat his girlfriend so badly that she had to have surgery to repair a body part should have been fired IMMEDIATELY, no questions asked, he put his hands on a woman, he’s a BIG man in comparison to her in size, he’s a joke and so is his sorry excuses, and NO I don’t know either party.

    The officer that gave a homeless man a sandwich with poop in it….WTH is wrong with him? Apparently there is not a chapter on “Compassion” that is taught at the Academy. They should just uphold his termination and don’t look back. I don’t want that kind of officer on our streets.

    The officer that would try and fight the people that he had in custody in the back of his patrol car??? WTHeck is wrong with him? He has some SERIOUS anger management issues!!! Let him be someone else’s problem. Why would SAPD want to employ that type of officer? It just reflects negatively on the department.

    Chief Mc Manus, stop making excuses for your officers. It doesn’t matter whether each of these incidents have 2yrs ago or 7yrs ago, THEY STILL HAPPENED!!! Your Dept. is NOT perfect just like the Sheriffs Dept. is NOT perfect.

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  8. We are helpless to hold these idiots accountable for their senseless actions homelessness is hard enough without these despicable people messing with these poor souls God help us !!

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