Abuse of Trust
In 2016, San Antonio Police Officer Matthew Luckhurst, was riding bike patrol. While under a bridge, he used a piece of bread to pick up some dog feces and placed the bread wrapped feces in a food container. According to Luckhurst, he left the container “in close proximity” to a homeless man. Luckhurst stated at his arbitration hearing that he picked up the feces to avoid stepping on it.
Luckhurst’s partner at the time, told him, “You can’t be doing that. You have to go pick that up.” The homeless man did pick up the container, thinking he was being given food by a police officer. When he opened the container he smelled the feces and threw it away.
In a second incident, according to KSAT Defenders, Officer Luckhurst “and another officer defecated in a female restroom at the downtown bike patrol office and did not flush it. Luckhurst and the other officer then got a brown substance with the consistency of tapioca and spread it on the toilet seat, giving the appearance that there was fecal matter on the seat.”
Most people stop their fascination with bathroom humor around the age of 8 but it seems that Officer Luckhurst is still obsessed with feces. How could such a vicious, childish person have passed the psychological evaluation?
KSAT Defenders’ New Series
KSAT Defenders is doing an investigative series called Broken Blue to highlight how little of proposed disciplinary action against officers actually sticks. In the first instance, the feces sandwich, The San Antonio Police Department recommended termination but unfortunately, they made a mistake as to when the incident actually occurred and issued the disciplinary action outside of the Civil Service allowed timeline. Luckhurst was able to win in his appeal, in 2019, due to that mistake.
Termination was recommended for the second offense, making it look like feces was smeared on a toilet seat, but that hearing has been postponed. However, I doubt he will be fired for it. Lately, the only termination that has been upheld was that of the officer who broke his girlfriend’s eye socket with a rock. When that’s the extent an officer has to go to for the arbitrators to finally say an officer has gone too far, you can’t blame the public for feeling that officers are protected by the thin blue line.