SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is where cops must go to die career-wise. This year, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has arrested more than 20 of their own deputies on various charges from drunk driving to domestic violence and rape. If bad apples are sparse and rare, Bexar County has a whole bushel full. The latest BCSO deputy to make the news round is habitual drunk driver Vanessa Flores. The 39-year-old drunkard has finally been served her walking papers Saturday following yet another DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrest.
The Bexar County deputy was arrested by city cops from San Antonio at 4am for driving while intoxicated. She was previously arrested in 2011 for the same offense. She kept her badge and her gun. In 2013 she was convicted for obstruction of a highway while intoxicated AND STILL kept her badge and gun.
No regular citizen would still have a license much less a gun and badge.
“The history of her behavior and personal decisions is what has brought us to this point,” Salazar said. “Her past history has clearly demonstrated a lack of accountability in the past. I personally served this employee with a proposed dismissal and we are handling this case administratively as swiftly and severely as allowable in accordance with civil service rules and guidelines. As I’ve stated before, any employee who decides to put the community at risk by driving while intoxicated will not be tolerated and will do all that is within my power to separate them from this agency in order to maintain the integrity of the Sheriff’s Office.”
In spite of her habitual drunk nature, Flores remained a deputy with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office… until now. After many chances and slaps on the wrist, Flores has finally been terminated… But termination should only be the beginning of her legal troubles. Her license should be revoked, or at the least, suspended. Her peace officer certification or license should be revoked. Flores should spend a fair amount of time behind bars… the same punishment Johnny Law would dole out to regular citizens like you and me.
But that won’t happen unless “we the people” hold police accountable.
Are you willing?