San Antonio Police Department
Detective Suspended for Social Media Post
First off, we’d like to give a shout out to KSAT 12 for doing such an excellent job of bringing officers’ transgressions to light.
The latest story they released is in regards to a comment put on social media by Detective Joseph Fech. In January of this year, Detective Fech posted the comment, “When can we kill this terrorist sympathizer? Terrorist sympathizer = terrorist in my book.” The comment included a picture and article about Colin Kaepernick from a hate-filled website.
We’re Seeing How Bad SAPD Really Is
I’d like to say that it’s unbelievable that a San Antonio Police Department detective wants to kill a person for using his constitutional right of free speech. But thanks to KSAT, we are now seeing the transgressions that SAPD never wanted us to see and it’s obvious that they have quite a bit of a problem they’ve been trying to keep quiet. There’s is no way that anyone who knows Detective Fech can be under any illusion about what kind of person he is. The man reads and believes a website that exploits low-intellect fears about losing guns and socialists under the beds and in the closets waiting to jump out and take over the world. And the website exploits those fears all for money. Not only was this man, with demonstrably poor judgment, allowed to stay in the San Antonio Police Department but he was able to advance through the ranks.
How can the citizens of Bexar County be expected to believe that Fech investigated cases in an unbiased fashion? How can we have any faith that this man would deal fairly and honestly with people who don’t hold his same beliefs? After all, he wants to be allowed to kill people he doesn’t agree with. Joseph Fech has no business being a police officer. He’s a disgrace to the uniform and an embarassment to the City of San Antonio. Detective Fech received a 30-day suspension for his comment.
No Charges Filed Against Officer Who Fled Traffic Stop
And here’s another huge problem at the San Antonio Police Department. Officers are not being charged when they break the law. They are being shown preferential treatment by their fellow officers. The incident involving Officer Marcus Justice is a perfect example, though he is far from being the only officer who was not charged with the crime he committed.
In November of 2019, while off-duty, Officer Justice was pulled over for speeding. When the officer got out of his police vehicle to approach Justice’s car, Officer Justice sped off. A police chase ensued. When speeds got as high as 112 mph, the chase was called off for the safety of innocent bystanders and motorists. Now you or I would be arrested for doing something like this and in fact, the police report was written up as evading arrest but no Evading Arrest charge was ever filed against Officer Justice. Officer Justice received a 15-day suspension for actions that broke the law and endangered the general public and his fellow officers.
Is This What It Takes To Terminated an Officer?
In November of last year, we posted a story about SAPD officer Jonathan Montalvo who was arrested for domestic violence. An arrest is not a conviction. Montalvo was placed on desk duty while waiting for his case to go to trial. According to KSAT, he was fired after a second arrest in which he “violated the conditions of his bond.”
So it would seem that it takes two arrests before the San Antonio Police Department will fire an officer. Not so fast. If you’ll notice, the article says he was placed on indefinite suspension. Yes, that is the status an officer is placed on when the administration is signaling its intent to terminate but that’s before the heavy hand of the San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) brings in their lawyers. MANY, indefinite suspensions have been changed to a suspension of a certain amount of days, allowing the officer to get his job back. We’ll see what happens in this case.