I’m sure everyone has seen at least one of Sheriff Javier Salazar’s stern ‘I won’t put up with that’ speeches, every time there is an incident at the Bexar County jail and there have been plenty of them. However, for those of us who have been watching what happens at the jail, it comes as no surprise that it’s all for show.
KSAT Blows Salazar’s Cover
KSAT has been the main news agency who has been holding the Salazar administration to account. In their latest article they show the minuscule amount of discipline that was actually faced as opposed to what was proposed. The article shows a repeated pattern of suspensions being significantly reduced. 10 days reduced to 2, 15 days reduced to 2, 15 days reduced to 1, another 15 days reduced to 1. The total comes to 55 days being proposed and only 6 days being served.
All the employees have the right to go through the grievance process. We understand that. But the amount of the reductions seems to be rather excessive. Not a single one of them served more than a 2 day suspension for their poor job performance. The article keeps referring to the proposed sentence being reduced after hearings with Chief Walker but I hope everyone realizes, by now, that nothing is done without the approval of Sheriff Salazar and Chief Serrato. They micromanage the jail to the point of paralysis.
At this point it all just feels like a con job. Salazar saying whatever he thinks will play best with the public but doing things that he thinks will buy allegiance, on the quiet. And the worst part is he seems to think we’re too stupid to realize we’re being played.