Dating a cop jokes
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. [Police chiefs are often forced to put hundreds of officers fired for misconduct back on the streets] [Philadelphia police were forced to rehire officer Cyrus Mann, who fatally shot an unarmed man in the back] [How one attorney forces police chiefs to rehire the officers they fire] A close look at Garza’s case — chronicled through interviews, court documents and police records obtained by The Post through open-records requests — reveals the events that cost Garza his job and the dilemma police departments often face when forced to rehire officers they don’t want.
The woman sat in his passenger seat, bleeding from two gunshot wounds.
Officers who know Garza described him as reserved and a product of the city’s heavily Latino, working-class south side, where children chase “raspa” trucks that sell snow cones instead of ice cream.
His body is chiseled and face cleanly shaven in pictures on a Facebook page for “Guns & Hoses,” a charity event that features boxing matches between officers and firefighters.
Others do what San Antonio’s chief did with Garza: He put him back on the payroll but relegated him to administrative duties, or what the head of the city’s police union calls “the rubber gun squad.” “They’re basically taking paper clips off paper, filing paperwork or making copies for somebody,” police union president Mike Helle said. You took a good cop that made a lot of good cases and you just put him on a bookshelf. ” 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.