San Antonio, TX — The police officer DUI is so common that it usually doesn’t get our attention. However, when three police officers are arrested, in three separate incidents, by their brothers in blue, on the same night, in the same town, it becomes newsworthy.

San Antonio Police Officers Gena Rodriguez, Harold Thomaston were arrested within hours of each other Friday night, and then a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy Sabrina Moreno was arrested by yet another SAPD officer. In all, three officers were arrested on the same night by SAPD officers. According to WWLP:

Police say Rodriguez is an 11-year veteran and was driving with her three kids in the car when she rear-ended another car. When an officer arrived to the accident, he said Rodriguez was slurring her speech, smelled like alcohol and was unsteady on her feet. A few hours later, 20-year San Antonio police veteran, Harold Thomaston was pulled over. Police say he swerved into the lane of a fellow SAPD officer, then ran a red light.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said he was “extremely disappointed” in his officer but commended the SAPD for doing their jobs and ensuring those officers are held to the same standards as the rest of the general population.

He said, “I am extremely proud of those officers that made the right calls last night and did what they had to do in spite of their own personal feelings, in spite of whatever else may have been going on, they did their job and I am proud that we have officers like that on the streets that are willing to make that sacrifice.”

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San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said, “Anytime an officer gets arrested for anything it’s disappointing, but DWI is just so, so preventable, and there is really no excuse for it.”

The smear on the SAPD comes just months after one of its deputies made headlines for offering a feces filled sandwich to a homeless man. Matthew Lockhurst, was fired from his position as a law enforcement officer after the prank, which was really no prank at all. A fellow officer forced Lockhurst to return to the homeless man and dispose of the feces sandwich, but it didn’t stop Lockhurst from continuing to smear the name of good police officers everywhere.

While working at a duty station, he reportedly used feces to smear a streak all along the toilet seat inside the female officers’ restroom, after a fellow female officer requested the sanitary services remain clean at all times. The ‘joke’ was apparently in retaliation for her insistence on bathroom cleanliness.

As TFTP reported, Lockhurst now realizes he made a mistake saying, “This has taught me to stop acting childish and making stupid baseless jokes,” Luckhurst wrote in a statement to investigators. “I need to stop the pranks and juvenile jokes to get arise (sic) or reaction from fellow officers and friends.” He was fired after the second stain on the SAPD.

SAPD cops have a terrible track record when it comes to corruption and abuse.

Previously, the Free Thought Project brought you the story of SAPD officer Serena Botello whose GPS was also used to show her negligence, exposing the fact that she had refused to do her job, not once, not 5 times, not 15 times, but 23 times in just a two-month period.

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One of these 23 incidents was even caught on Botello’s dashcam as well. She was seen driving away from a shooting in which she could have possibly saved the victim’s life.

Also, a former SAPD officer was sentenced to 18 months in jail for gruesomely stabbing and shooting his family’s dog.

Also, it was the SAPD who brutally beat a 16-year-old boy because they smelled marijuana.

Yet again, it was 2 SAPD officers who brutally beat a 70-year-old man because they thought he was drunk. He was actually having a diabetic attack.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. For a full rap sheet on SAPD corruption, you can visit this link, here.

It’s unclear why the SAPD continues to have such trouble employing quality police officers. Maybe, as TFTP has contended, police departments like SAPD are having so much trouble because the employment qualifications for police officers is so low.

Think about it. If it takes 2 years for a person to become a nurse, and four years for someone to become a teacher, then why do we continue to employ individuals for one of our most crucial public service positions, police officers, after only giving them four months of basic law enforcement training, also known as the “Academy.” It appears that the time spent in the academy needs to be much, much, longer.

Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine

    A higher standard should be applied to all law enforcement. All three should be fired immediately. instead of their pal’s at the D.A.’s. office letting them off with a reduced or dismissed sentence. In places where the HIGHER STANDARDS are applied and with an effective internal affairs to control them, the law enforcement are allowed to excel.

    • Marlon46

      That will never happen as long as they have a Police Union! Something that I never really understood for any Police/Fire Department within a Major City, They’ve used the threat of strikes to Extort Higher wages from the very citizenry they claim they’re honored to serve, Once they began being rewarded with Higher Pay (Over time) for going to court & charges being dropped due to various reasons, Tax payers Loss Money, Or did they just get duped?

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    I’m so glad I live in the DFW area! Irving cops aren’t perfect, but at least they’re not a bunch of jackbooted thugs… yet.

    • Marlon46

      You mean since that Irving Officer tried to put a Hit on Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irving year ago things has changed!

  • Abz B Zbas

    As the Sheriff stated, I commend the officers for doing their jobs and not letting these a-holes go because of a badge. However, it has to be asked, how far will the Sheriff go to protect these cops from retaliation now that they have now crossed the thin blue line.

    • Zackknowitall

      Well this is not corossing the thin blue line anymore. They reason why other cop let it slide is lately the cop not making the arrest is fired while the drunk cop keeps their job. If this was 30 years ago before dashcams and internet they cops would never have made these arrest.

      We have to watch closely bc cops still try to help fellow cops get away with DUIs by violating the officers rights or intentionally making a mistake that will get charges dropped or help them win in court.

  • Heretic Jones

    Law enforcement (and military) is the bottom of the pyramid that many people know as the cartel. They are the tools of violence used by the state to force compliance and generate much needed revenue. These men and women are truly lost because they are hopelessly deceived by, and dependent upon the system. These men and women specifically seek out a position in which extortion, deception, and violence are standard operating procedure – all in the imposition of another person’s will. It doesn’t matter if this imposition is amoral or unjust – these men and women will simply do as they are told. I can see why the right type of person, a person who seeks to enforce, is so useful to the insidious among us.

  • Phil Freeman

    Defund all police departments nation wide. We don’t need them. Never have.

  • Ed

    Longer and stricter, because it seems they just stamp them through the Academy!

  • Zackknowitall

    He said “held to a higher standard” I call 100% bullshit. If they were held to a higher standard then they would be fired.

    • TOPDOG1

      That is exactly what I said. In most areas of the U.S. the police are completely out-of-control nothing more than wild west gunslingers without any controls and have a carte blanche for anything and everything they do. I said MOST city’s. There are a few left out here that will immediately fire errant officers and protect (very few unfortunately) of the citizens civil liberties. Nashville is one example, as is most of Tennessee. It is not perfect, warrantless searches, and arrests. Fleecing of travelers along the interstates,illegal and unconstitutional quota system and seizing and auction of citizens private property along with semi-annual roundups to bolster their already excessive funding. It is far from perfect, with total domination and subjugation by law enforcement along with massive over-policing but at least they can’t get away with most of the murdering and robbing of the the public. Follow the chain of command. First; the City Council, then the Chief of police..These are predominant in controlling the police they are the ones to hold responsible and especially the prosecutor who allows police crime. These are the parties that should be held responsible.Also an internal affairs that will discipline the officers is critical to a good police department. These safeguards are what makeup a GOOD police force. Any YES there are a few good ones out here. Any police force that can not police themselves have no business in any position of responsibility.

      • Zackknowitall

        Dead cops never do any of these things you describe

  • Amor Terra

    I wonder how it would go if, instead of giving cops slaps on the hand when they commit crimes, they were charged with the same crime as an average citizen would be, but with an “enhancement” or “aggravating factor” when they commit crimes one duty or using the power of their badge. I think the prison population would suddenly shift.