They are supposedly held to a higher standard but it seems that 9 times out of 10, their punishment lacks the severity of a higher responsibility. On more than just a random occasion, police officers who are esteemed higher than regular civilians receive lighter punishments than their civilian counterparts for the same crime. Maybe that’s why the San Antonio PD has a record number of officers on suspension for the month of August. Instead of harsh and swift punishments meted out by the hands of justice, a blind lady liberty tips the scales in favor of officers to “dust themselves off and try again.”
Last month, officers Justin Ayars and Stephanie Solis received indefinite suspensions. This was announced by the San Antonio PD in response to a public information request for disciplinary action taken in the month of August. Three officers received significant suspensions. 12 more cops received shorter suspension terms in August, while four firefighters also were disciplined.
Ayars was suspended following a May 26 domestic disturbance. The officer struck a woman following an argument at her apartment. The woman was struck “in the face, causing fractures to her orbital wall and sinus wall.”
Solis was suspended over a Jan. 18, 2018 shoplifting incident at Macy’s. The San Antonio PD officer stole $438 in stolen perfumes from a store inside the mall and “was observed passing the check-out counter without paying.” After being arrested, she was found to be in possession of pills.
According to News4SA, this is not Solis’ first rodeo. She’s been disciplined in the past, and served suspensions for not doing her job as an officer.
“Officer Stephanie Solis is a nine-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department. She will be placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. The theft case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review and an Internal Affairs investigation into this incident is already underway,” said the San Antonio Police Public Information Office in a statement at the time.
8 months later, the most we hear Solis is disciplined with is suspension. She is still employed by the San Antonio PD. This is the quality of officers that are in the communities protecting and serving. Officers like Solis have no credibility and in the court of law, she would be ripped apart by a halfway decent defense lawyer grilling her about her past.
But there’s more!
Officer Aaron Klopp had his 45-day suspension in a May 21, 2018 fatality reduced to 30 days. While driving 70-75 mph on San Pedro Avenue in response to a code three emergency, Klopp “failed to exercise reasonable care.. deviating from established driving practices and was the major cause of the collision and death of a pedestrian,” according to the report.
Detective Jimmy Castillo was suspended for 30 days after a March 18, 2018 home disturbance. Castillo consumed “alcoholic beverages to the extent of becoming intoxicated,” according to the report, and failed to leave the home when requested, requiring a law enforcement response. He also was disrespectful to officers.
Officer Crystal Estrada had her 30-day suspension in a Jan. 27, 2018 fatal shooting reduced to seven days. While attempting to take Kirsten Kloppe into custody, Estrada “failed to use sound judgment,” according to the report, when she ordered a cadet to enter a dangerous situation, “failed to identify the situation” and “failed to keep her duty weapon and two spare magazines fully loaded.”
These are the types of people that are here to protect the people of San Antonio.