This is the kind of incident that leaves you scratching your head in confusion.
When a five-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department, Matthew Luckhurst, decided to play a dirty prank on a homeless person he was so proud of himself that he wouldn’t stop telling the story. You know those people, don’t you? Or maybe you are one, they tend to think the story is too good to tell just once, so they make their rounds and retell the same incident again and again annnnd again.
That’s exactly what this man did to the other officers at work, he told his “hilarious” story about feeding a homeless person a sandwich full of feces. This made his colleagues so uncomfortable that they told the higher-ups, and when word got hold to the Cheif of Police, they decided that termination was the only option for this deeply disturbed individual.
According to reports, the City Council was briefed on the situation and ultimately, “Police Chief William McManus and two boards comprising citizens and police officers have all agreed on an indefinite suspension.”
The exact type of fecal matter involved remains undetermined, they also couldn’t locate the homeless person who was allegedly given the sandwich in July.
Luckhurst’s attorney is maintaining that the whole “poop sandwich” thing was a joke that never really happened. He says it “has turned is client into the subject of unfair persecution.”
Here are some quotes from those involved.
Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, who represents the area around a massive homeless outreach center:
I think it’s horrible that people would prey on very vulnerable populations. It really is just so disappointing that one of our officers would prey on vulnerable populations. We are always working on behalf of those homeless people and Haven for Hope is still a place to go for any homeless person who needs resources.
Councilman Joe Krier stated:
“We have very few bad apples in a barrel full of outstanding police and fire. But it’s our job to get the bad apples out of the barrel as quickly as possible when they do bad things.”
Sources say that it’s likely that Luckhurst is leaning toward arbitration and hopes to get his job back. Since he is a terminated officer, he has no access to a union representative, so he will only have his lawyer.
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