Officer Fired After Giving Sandwhich Full Of Feces To Homeless Man
By News 4 SA
SAN ANTONIO — SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer is fired after bragging to his partner he gave a homeless person a feces sandwich.
The department identifies the officer as Matthew Luckhurst, who had been on the force five years.
In an exclusive interview, SAPD Chief William McManus disavowed the officer’s alleged behavior.
“It’s a disgrace to the department. It’s a disgrace to the badge,” he said. “It’s an attack on dignity, human dignity.”
The alleged incident happened back in May.
“The officer’s accused of putting feces on bread, putting it in a Styrofoam carryout container and putting it next to a homeless person,” Chief McManus said.
The Chief says the officer told his bike patrol partner what he had done, and the partner told him to take back the feces sandwich.
“So he supposedly walked back or rode back, took the container and threw it in the trash can,” Chief McManus said.
The story circulated through the department, triggering an internal affairs investigation in July. Last week, Chief McManus fired Luckhurst.
“He said it was a practical joke,” the Chief described how Luckhurst characterized what happened.
Luckhurst has hired a private attorney, Ben Sifuentes. Sifuentes declined an on-camera interview, but spoke with us over the phone.
“The Chief’s allegations are not true,” Sifuentes said.
Sifuentes says his client was joking with other officers and that there were no witnesses to the alleged incident. Luckhurst is appealing his termination, a process that could take six to nine months.
Investigators haven’t been able to find the homeless man who allegedly received the feces sandwich.
In recent years, SAPD’s worked to soften its approach with homeless people and get them back on their feet.
“We’ve taken 50 steps forward as far as our dealings with the homeless goes and this puts us 100 steps backwards – the act of one particular officer,” Chief McManus said.
Major Ivy Taylor released the following statement concerning the alleged incident: “Firing this officer was the right thing to do. His actions were a betrayal of every value we have in our community, and he is not representative of our great police force.”