Three S.A. police officers are indicted
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The officers, two of whom have since been terminated, are each accused of abusing their powers, and are among a group of city law enforcers involved in several controversial incidents last year, including the assault of an 18-year-old woman at a community pool and the alleged strip search of about a dozen women and men at a bar, leading to disciplinary measures against those involved.
Munoz was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case, while Gonzalez was terminated May 9.
Sgt. Gabe Trevino, a police spokesman, said at the time that the officer declined the woman’s offer and took her to jail. That officer then filed a report with the department’s sex crimes investigators, who traced the woman’s claims back to Gonzalez and Munoz. Gonzalez had run the woman’s record on June 26, the investigation showed.
According to an affidavit for his arrest, Gonzalez stopped the 18-year-old while she was walking on School Street and asked her if she was a prostitute. When she said no, he asked her if she needed money, and she said she did, adding she was wanted on an arrest warrant.
“So far they’ve been judged by the police chief and the district attorney,” Huntzinger said. “Thank goodness we still have an opportunity for a jury trial on these matters.”