We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. – John Lennon
San Antonio, TX — Here at the Free Thought Project, we’ve brought you case after case of police officers harassing, beating and even killing innocent people, and not only escaping charges — but keeping their jobs. Nothing highlights a sick society quite like government employees fired for having sex, while their counterparts keep their jobs for killing.
In April of last year, Officer Eman Fondren, a four-year veteran of the department, and Officer Rebecca Martinez, who had served in the San Antonio police department since 2010, were both handed down indefinite suspensions. In spite of the indefinite suspensions, which equate to being fired, being handed out in April, their details were not made public until recently.
The two officers were fired, not for beating a handcuffed suspect, or for stomping an innocent man’s face, but for having consensual sex while on duty.
Martinez and Fondren, according to KSAT, were fired after the department’s investigation, which focused on the text messages sent between the two officers throughout October 2015, determined that the couple conspired to have sex while on duty, then later carried out their plan on more than one occasion.
No one here is arguing that the officers were fulfilling their official duty while having sex. However, the fact that cops, including many cops within the SAPD, have been caught committing horrible crimes and allowed to keep their jobs, is infuriating and telling of a depraved society.
Around 2:20 p.m. on May 20, 2014, Roger Carlos, 43, was taking photos of a building while scouting a location for his wife’s medical practice. Suddenly, an undercover drug task force officer pulled up, exited his truck, and ordered Carlos to the ground. Before Carlos had time to comply, the undercover cop began beating him in the face with a weapon.
Carlos was severely beaten to the point of hospitalization and left paralyzed. He’d done nothing wrong. The San Antonio cops who left him that way are still on the job.
In February 2015, an SAPD officer held his wife and children hostage in a standoff with police. Because of the ridiculous system of justice, this cop gets to keep his peace officer’s license.
San Antonio police officers Cristina Gonzales, Roberto Mendez, Jennifer Morgan, Bettina Arredondo, Ronald Haley, Benito Juarez, and Robert Encina surrounded Jesse Aguirre, 37, on the side of the interstate in 2014. Dashcam footage showed them suffocate him to death — they all kept their jobs.
However, while all these cops who beat and kill keep their jobs, Martinez and Fondren are fired for sex.
“Looking at the totality of the situation, the conduct they were engaged in was not at all ethical, not at all professional,” said Sgt. Jesse Salame, an SAPD spokesperson. “Certainly that’s something that we’re not going to tolerate in this department.”
However, as we illustrate above, the SAPD has no problem tolerating vicious and dangerous cops who assault innocent people or get involved in SWAT team standoffs while holding their own wife and children hostage.
Martinez and Fondren embarrassed their department and for this they were fired. The irony here is that violence and excessive force, even against innocent people, are not at all embarrassing to police departments across the country.
In fact, in today’s society, violence is not only tolerated — it is glorified. Case in point below.
The full on destruction of a city, in which men, women, and children were blown to pieces by US bombs can be broadcast into every home across America, and this is good. Wholesale murder and violence, sanctioned by the state, is not only accepted, it is promoted like a football game.
No one who started these wars of aggression was ever punished, despite everyone finding out that their entire premise was based on lies. Thousands of Americans were killed, tens of thousands were permanently disfigured and left disabled, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis slaughtered, and this is good.
More than 1,000 people a year are killed by police in America and the number of cops convicted for murder on the job barely registers in the single digits.
A society that punishes the creation of love in public, while glorifying the slaughter of their fellow human is a society in a crisis of conscience — and this case is further evidence of that fact.