Officer Matthew Luckhurst, a five-year veteran of the San Antonio police force, has been been terminated for attempting to get a homeless man to eat a sandwich filled with feces.
In an official statement, Chief William McManus said that, last May, Luckhurst bragged to his partner about placing the poop in a sandwich and putting it in a Styrofoam container next to a sleeping homeless man. The other officer told Luckhurst to remove the container, but it is not clear if he did. Still more patrolmen searched for the homeless man, but did not find him.
Luckhurst’s fellow cops ended up reporting his claims to the Internal Affairs division.
Chief McManus added, “This was a vile and disgusting act that violates our guiding principles of ‘treating all with integrity, compassion, fairness and respect.’ The fact that his fellow officers were so disgusted with his actions that they reported him to Internal Affairs demonstrates that this type of behavior will never be tolerated.”
Civilian and sworn review boards took on the case in October. Both boards recommended indefinite suspension. Chief McManus met with Luckhurst last week and upheld the suspension.
San Antoio Mayor Ivy Taylor also released released a statement: “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.”
Luckhurst, in turn, maintains he was just kidding and did not actually put fecal matter in a sandwich, nor did he leave anything of the sort near a homeless man.
Ben Sifuentes, Luckhurst’s attorney, told reporters that it was only a “joke” that spiraled out of control and resulted in his client’s termination.
Sifuentes added there are no video recordings, the homeless person was never located, the container wasn’t found, and there aren’t even any eyewitnesses. The attorney added, “It didn’t happen… I’m confident that, in arbitration, we will prevail.”
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