Sixth Erroneous Release in 2019



The Bexar County jail has once again released an inmate that should not have been released.  In the current incident they had not finished processing the inmate.  On April 3rd, Thomas Smith was booked for evading arrest.  Smith, who has had six prior arrests this year, was ordered to wear a GPS monitor.  He should not have been released without that monitor.

As we’ve heard many times before, the Sheriff’s Office is looking into what happened.  In other words, they don’t want to tell us what the actual circumstances were.  But at this point we don’t really need the Sheriff to tell us what is happening.  The jail is being run by people who are not competent to do the job.  Just because a person can get elected doesn’t mean that person can actually do the job and we have been given ample proof that Sheriff Javier Salazar is not capable of doing the job.

Thomas Smith was arrested again in the evening of the same day.  That he was arrested again so quickly speaks well of the everyday officers who work for the Sheriff’s Office.  That there continue to be problems like this rests solely on the shoulders of Sheriff Salazar.  There are deputies who have been there a long time and have run the system without having this many problems.  If they can’t do that now it leads us to believe that people who don’t know what they are doing are interfering with those deputies doing the job the way they know it needs to be done.

The main people running the jail, who have been there the whole time these problems have been going on and who don’t have prior experience in how the jail functions, are Sheriff Javier Salazar and Chief James Serrato, both of which come from the San Antonio Police Department.  And both of which were never higher than a sergeant.  The citizens of Bexar County deserve better.

Click here to read the KENS 5 article.  And in case you are wondering, yes, we are becoming a state-wide joke.  Click here to read the LMTonline out of Laredo.

2 thoughts on “Sixth Erroneous Release in 2019

  1. Jill

    I would like to know what is the process in filing a complaint on a deputy. I was arrested at the very beginning of April, and I did not resist nor did I give the deputy any problems other than I wanted to smoke a cigarette before I went in and I simply wanted to speak with my mother who was there very briefly. However, I was told, “SHUT THE F**K UP!” and then shoved into the back of his SUV. There was no need to be that forceful with me as I am a 32 year old female that only weighs about 150 and I was not fighting or resisting at all. Then, the ENTIRE way to the magistrate, this deputy was driving like a bat out of hell!! He was speeding, cutting people off, weaving in and out of lanes and driving VERY wrecklessly. Let me ask you this, if one of us regular citizens were to drive like that, what would happen to us? (If there was an officer or deputy that happened to see us driving this way) He drove so dangerously that it caused me a lot of overwhelming anxiety in which I began having a panic attack, I already suffer from anxiety and panic disorders, I didn’t need this deputy causing me more as I was already having plenty of it on my own seeing as I had just been arrested. I DID NOT feel safe in the back of that deputy’s SUV at all. I shouldn’t feel this way when a person who is supposed to protect and serve is putting A LOT of people including myself in immediate danger due to his wrecklessness in operating his vehicle. Having all of this happen to me,I would like to know what steps do I need to take in order to file some kind of complaint to the people who are above that deputy. If anyone has ananxawer, please,PLEASE respond to this posting
    Thanks k you very much!

    • admin

      Jill – Call Central Records at 210-335-6201. Ask for the number for PSI. I believe that stands for Personal Standards & Integrity but just ask for PSI. They would be the ones to look into your complaint. You will probably have to go to their office to write a sworn complaint. They will be able to tell you what the process is.

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