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Shortly after a supervisor told Daniel Alvarado to stay with the victim of a minor assault and not search for the suspect, the school district officer ran into the backyard of a Northwest Side home with his gun drawn.
Moments later, Alvarado fired his weapon, killing an unarmed 14-year-old boy.
The November incident was not the first time the officer had ignored an order, according to records recently obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.
Since 2006, Alvarado's supervisors at the Northside Independent School District Police Department had reprimanded or counseled him on at least 12 occasions — six for not following orders. In other cases, Alvarado failed to show up for assignments, and his bosses appeared to suspect him of lying.
Alvarado was suspended at least four times, and his supervisors warned of impending termination four times — once even recommending it.
But Alvarado, 46, never was fired. Six months after the death of student Derek Lopez, as an investigation into the shooting continues, the 17-year veteran of the Police Department remains with the school district.
A majority of the good ones,stick up for the bad ones also.
Nah, we need to see that when they step out of line, they are dealt with severely.
Originally posted by MikeNice81
reply to post by sonnny1
Do you know what goes in to getting a job at most police departments? The initial applications, with all of the questionares and attachments, are about 32 to 35 pages. If the aplication is complete and passes muster you take a written test. If you pass the test there is an oral interview that lasts about an hour. That is followed by a review board where you are questioned by at least 3 officers. If you get okayed at that point you get to take the psych evaluation. It takes more than two hours and involves multiple written tests. Then the state administers a polygraph.
That doesn't include the physical fitness exams or the back ground checks. They dig through your criminal records and medical records. Depending on the position you are seeking they sometimes go out and talk to people in your old neighborhoods. Plus you have to attend and pass the police academy.
Getting hired as a police officer can take between 6 months and 18 months.
I don't understand why people think getting a LEO commission and job is as simple as applying at Wal Mart. It is one of the most grueling processes out there.
Then after you get the job unless you kiss everybody's rear end they swear you are corrupt or out to get them. You see deep dark things that the average mind can't imagine. You drag legitimate threats off of the street. Then every idiot that is mad he got arrested wants to complain about how you do your job. People routinely disrespect you, cuss at you, and try to fight you. They complain if you physically restrain them to put the cuffs on. The just magically forget the part where they threatened you, refused to comply with any request, and tried to struggle when you cuffed them for your safety.
Even if you do everything directly by the book some guy with a grudge will try to tell you, "you can't do that." Even better they'll tell you that you can't arrest them because, "I know my rights."
Yeah, well you gave up your rights when you sat behind the wheel with a BAC of .12 and hit the public roads. You start being the bad guy when you are walking up to people yelling in their face and harrassing them for money.
Untill a person has had a 12 year old kid threaten to kill them because they are a cop they don't even begin to understand the job. Until you're trying to arrest a combative suspect wanted on gun, assault, and domestic abuse warrants and get surrounded by a group of people screaming threats, you haven't lived.
If you do anything besides plead with the criminals a certain portion of the public gets mad every time. The same people will be ready to crucify the police if there is any crime in the neighborhood. They cry about how the police don't care about them. Then when they show up and try to do their job the people complain because the police are racist, intimidating, rude, or any number of things.
Being a cop or security professional is a thankless job. From all of the good guys that people like to rip up every day, you're welcome/
Originally posted by sonnny1
The problem is they get lumped in with the bad ones. A majority of the good ones,stick up for the bad ones also.