Saturday, March 20, 2010

"Two SAPD officers suspended after patrol car incidents"

Wow. What's going on with SAPD?

Two San Antonio police officers have been placed on suspension and facing some serious allegations.

Christopher Martinez, is accused of a long list of misconduct. Most recently, he is accused of having sex with a woman in the back of his patrol car while he was on duty.

Martinez is also accused of conducting personal errands, and ignoring some calls altogether while on duty last month.

He has been put on suspension.

A complaint was also filed against 39-year-old Craig Nash, a six-year veteran of the police force.

Nash has been accused of sexually assaulting a transgendered person while on duty.

He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

(from KENS-5)

I know the media likes to take any juicy bit involving, well, anything and blow it up to seem larger and more critical than it is. And I know that the vast majority of our police officers are outstanding public servants. But still, this doesn't look good. How can the police department reasonably expect the citizens to cooperate with them when these bad apples are out there stinking up the barrel?

Fortunately it seems that Chief McManus is taking this situation seriously and is working to correct it.


Sabra said...

News stories mean something's being done, and the department isn't covering it up. Stinks, like you said, but sunlight and fresh air will cure that eventually.

Dave said...

Exactly. The fact that we do hear about these things at all tells me that Chief McManus isn't going to let a few jerks slide just because it is another blow (no pun intended) to the department. There are plenty of folks out there who would be glad to have the job - let's get rid of these creeps who are giving the rest of the department a bad name.