As 2018 draws to a close the embattled Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is back in the news again. The department is boasting more than 20 arrests of their own deputies as the current sheriff, Javier Salazar, talks tough but seemingly punishes tougher. In the latest case, Bexar County deputies have been accused of threatening to shoot up a San Antonio bar after being asked to leave by security.
According to reports, two Bexar County deputies were off-duty and drinking at Deol’s Bar Dec. 12. The duo rubbed it in that they were deputies even flashing their badges around the bar. They even passed out Bexar County Junior Deputy stickers. The stickers are often used during community outreach events, officials said. Joshua Cornell, a bouncer at Deol’s said, “They said that they were going to come back and shoot up the bar and kill people. They were trying to order people around and tell them what they could and couldn’t do just because they’re Bexar County sheriff”
A police report of the incident reveals that the deputies even attempted to solicit sexual favors from a woman by offering her $20. Security was forced to ask the pair to leave. They went to Taco Cabana but ultimately came back disgruntled.
“We hold ourselves to a higher standard, in accordance with the expectations of the public we serve,” said Sheriff Javier Salazar. “Our conduct must always be beyond reproach, whether on or off duty. We are assisting the SAPD with all aspects of this investigation, and will handle it as swiftly and severely as possible, if the allegations are proven.”
The department identified Detention Corporal Edmundo Renteria as one of the officers involved. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave in connection with the incident. He was stripped of his credentials and police equipment. Sheriff Salazar also revoked Renteria’s peace officer license. Officials said having a peace officer’s license is not a requirement of Renteria’s job, but that having it is a privilege. Renteria has been with the department for four years working at the main jail.
Officials did not identify the second officer involved and what punishment would be forthcoming for that officer.