San Antonio, TX — In November of 2016, the Free Thought Project brought you the disgusting story of a San Antonio cop putting feces on a piece of bread and giving it to a homeless man as food. For making a literal sh*t sandwich, San Antonio police officer Matthew Luckhurst was fired. Months lager, the Free Thought Project learned that Luckhurst was involved in yet another feces related 'prank' — after the sh*t sandwich. And now, we've learned that this cop just had his indefinite suspension, or firing, overturned.
After both incidents, Luckhurst would ultimately be fired from his job. However, thanks to a loophole in system, an arbitration panel has overturned that firing after it was found that the 180 period for firing a cop for misconduct had expired.
Luckhurst originally reported that the incident happened on May 6, 2016. However, after reviewing the records, arbiters found that to be impossible as Luckhurst was not working at the time.
According to a report from KSAT:
Arbitration documents state that later, Luckhurst reviewed his medical records and found that the incident could not have occurred on May 6, 2016, because he had injured himself during a martial arts class and was on light duty from April 6, 2016, to June 14, 2016, preventing him from riding a bike, as his peers had testified.
The paperwork states that after interviewing witnesses and others who had heard about the incident -- all of whom gave varying dates -- it was determined that the incident may have occurred outside the 180-day window to discipline Luckhurst, effectively voiding his dismissal.
The arbitrator overturned Luckhurst's indefinite suspension due to a violation of the 180-day provision, noting that Internal Affairs investigators "had (the) ability to corroborate testimony by means of having the video tape preserved and reviewed" but did not.
This rehiring of Luckhurst shows just how broken the system is. When we can't keep out repeat offenders because of silly loopholes, something is seriously wrong.
“It was a disgusting, vile act — that, there is no excuse; there is no explaining it; there is no justification,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told KOMO News after the termination of an officer for, quite literally, giving a homeless man a sh*t sandwich.
“It’s a disgrace to the department, it’s a disgrace to the badge,” McManus continued.
As we reported at the time, Luckhurst inexplicably thought it would be humorous to place feces in between two slices of bread and offer it to a likely-starving homeless person in a styrofoam takeout box, and then boast of this ‘prank’ to his partner.
His partner, however, didn’t share the sentiment — and the pair of cops returned to the scene, where Luckhurst ostensibly disposed of the sickening, cruel offering.
Only a month after being caught in this sick and twisted 'prank' on an innocent homeless man — before he was fired — Lockhurst pulled another sh*t prank. This time, his sh*tty shenanigans would be on his fellow cops.
He is still pending the suspension from this incident.
Luckhurst and a second officer, Steve Albart, carried out the incident together in June 2015 after a female officer asked that the women's restroom at a bike-patrol office remain clean, KSAT-TV reports.
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To get back at the officer for asking that the women's bathroom remain clean, Albart and Lockhurst then defecated in the toilet and then Lockhurst smeared a feces-like substance all over the seat.
For not flushing the toilet, Albart was suspended for 30 days, which he's already served.
You cannot make this up.
Apparently, Lockhurst's infatuation with sh*tty 'pranks' was so strong that he was unable to control himself — even after it threatened his job when he was caught the first time.
Naturally, Lockhurst's attorney, Ben Sifuentes, said Luckhurst had only been joking about the poop sandwich and and his prediction of his client's firing getting overturned has since come true. This is, quite laughably, in spite of the fact that Lockhurst himself admitted to the prank in question.
"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."
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.
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.