According to My San Antonio reports A Texas police officer was fired for allegedly giving a sandwich filled with poop to a homeless man.
Five year veteran Matthew Luckhurst was caught bragging to another about picking up some feces, placing it in a slice of bread, and putting it in a Styrofoam container next to the unknown homeless male, feeding the man the disgusting sandwich.
The officer reported that he told Luckhurst to go back and throw it away. The officer said he saw Luckhurst go back and he assumed that Luckhurst discarded the container.”
The incident was reported to Internal Affairs in July. Police Department officials have been unable to locate the homeless man.
The City Council was briefed on the matter during a private session Thursday, sources said.
“This was a vile and disgusting act that violates our guiding principles of ‘treating all with integrity, compassion, fairness and respect,’ Chief William McManus said in a prepared statement. “The fact that his fellow officers were so disgusted with his actions that they reported him to Internal Affairs demonstrates that this type of behavior will never be tolerated. The action of this one former officer in no way reflects the actions of all the other good men and women who respectfully serve this community.”
“Firing this officer was the right thing to do,” Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a statement to the San Antonio Express-News. “His actions were a betrayal of every value we have in our community, and he is not representative of our great police force.”
McManus and two boards comprising citizens and police officers have all agreed on indefinite suspension for the officer, who plans to appeal the decision.
We agree that firing him is the right thing to do — if he did it. But Luckhurst is saying that the story was just a joke and that he never actually did such a thing:
Reached by telephone, Luckhurst declined to comment, saying that his lawyer advised him not to speak to reporters.
Ben Sifuentes, Luckhurst’s attorney, said that his client joked about giving an excrement sandwich to a homeless person but never actually did so. The “joke” spiraled out of control, he said, and has turned is client into the subject of unfair persecution, Sifuentes said.
“It didn’t happen,” Sifuentes said. There are no eyewitnesses or video recordings and no statement from the homeless person, the lawyer said.
“I’m confident that in arbitration, we will prevail,” said Sifuentes, who has previously represented SAPD officers facing discipline and termination.