Wednesday, January 17, 2018

San Antonio police, not any different than the rapists and murders they are supposed to be arresting, Thanks to Dick & Jenni Froemming for reminding me about these!

A San Antonio police officer was arrested Saturday and accused of raping a 19-year-old woman on the South Side early the day before. At a news conference Saturday, police said the officer has been accused of sexual assault before. Police Chief William McManus said a different woman made a similar complaint against Neal a few years ago.

Neal was suspended in September for three days for dating an 18-year-old member of the Police Explorer program about two years ago. The program is meant to encourage young people to consider a career in law enforcement.

Jackie Len Neal, 40, was arrested on a charge of felony sexual assault,

Neal is accused of handcuffing and raping a woman he pulled over while on duty around 2 a.m. Friday. The surveillance cameras in the patrol car were not working at the time the assault was reported, according to KXLY.

On Friday morning, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, Neal allegedly tailed a woman until she pulled over on Betty Street

Neal asked the woman to get out of the vehicle so he could pat her down, according to the affidavit. The woman said she felt uncomfortable and asked that a female officer pat her down, but her request was ignored.

During the pat-down, the affidavit said, Neal groped the woman, placed her in handcuffs and moved her to the back of his patrol car.

The document said he then raped her and instructed her not to tell anyone.

On July 26, 2012, San Antonio police officer Michael Garza was a valued member of the police department. His superiors praised him as a rare talent in the gang unit with a gift for undercover work. Twice in his 10 years on the force, the 33-year-old was named Officer of the Year.

Now, he is not allowed to interact with the public. Garza’s annual salary, with benefits, is $72,333.

By the end of his shift in the pre-dawn hours of the next day, the officer stood amid a grim scene. The woman sat in his passenger seat, bleeding from two gunshot wounds. Her ex-boyfriend lay dead feet from his front door, shot in the back.

As The Washington Post reported in August, more than 451 fired officers have been reinstated to 37 of the nation’s largest police departments since 2006. San Antonio has rehired 31 officers.

City officials would fault him for drinking on duty, failing to seek medical help for a wounded woman, and chasing down and shooting an unarmed suspect.

Top San Antonio officials insist that Garza should remain off the streets.

“Officer Garza’s actions were so egregious, I was flabbergasted when I received word that an arbitrator had overturned the termination,” San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “We felt that he was not capable of serving our community well and was a liability to the city.”

An attorney for a fired San Antonio police officer Matthew Luckhurs, who allegedly tried to feed dog excrement to a homeless person has said he’s “confident that in arbitration” the former officer would win back his job.

In May, he allegedly sandwiched dog feces in bread and left it next to a homeless man. Luckhurst told other bike officers, who immediately told him to throw away the sandwich, according to the source.

Luckhurst later bragged about his antics to other officers, who reported them to the department’s Internal Affairs division in July, prompting an investigation.

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