Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Chief of Police Reverses Course on Punishment for Officer Who Killed an Unarmed Black Man

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 3:21 PM


News broke late Monday afternoon that San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus rescinded the indefinite suspension he previously ordered for an officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man in early February. 

KSAT reported that SAPD Officer John Lee will undergo additional training and no disciplinary action for shooting and killing Antroine Scott, 36, on Feb. 4 while attempting to arrest the man on two warrants. Scott was holding a cellphone.

McManus previously issued an indefinite suspension for Lee, explaining the officer placed himself in an unnecessary tactical situation where he felt compelled to use, media reports indicated.

The reversal coincides with a "no confidence" vote against the chief that the San Antonio Police Officer's Association is holding this week. 

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a statement that the initial poor tactical execution by Lee doesn't just lay on his shoulders as the investigation showed that the outcome was shared. The mayor doesn't say who is doing the sharing, but two detectives ordered Lee to the scene to make the arrest after they spotted Scott at his apartment, with his wife, who was in the vehicle when her husband was shot.

“While I still believe this tragic incident should never have occurred, I understand the Chief’s path on discipline here. I remain committed to carrying out the police reforms in training that we have begun," Taylor says, adding that she wants community policing efforts re-examined and an increase in interaction between residents and police.

On Twitter, Congressman Joaquin Castro told a local activist that he disagreed with McManus' reversal.

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood tells the San Antonio Express-News that the reversal has no effect on his office's investigation.

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