*Former San Antonio police officer Matthew Luckhurst has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly trying to feed a feces sandwich to a homeless person. Police Chief William McManus said in a statement Friday that Luckhurst deserved to be fired for his deplorable actions.
The incident occurred back in May and only made headlines because Luckhurst bragged to fellow officers that he “picked up some feces, placed it in a slice of bread, and put it in a Styrofoam container next to the unknown homeless male,” according to the statement. A fellow officer reported that he told Luckhurst to go back and throw it away. “The officer said he saw Luckhurst go back and he assumed that Luckhurst discarded the container.”
“This was a vile and disgusting act that violates our guiding principles of ‘treating all with integrity, compassion, fairness and respect,’ Chief William McManus said. “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. The action of this one former officer in no way reflects the actions of all the other good men and women who respectfully serve this community.”
Police have been unable to locate the homeless person, however, the mayor says firing Luckhurst — who was a five-year member of the department — was the best thing to do.
“Firing this officer was the right thing to do,” Mayor Taylor said. “His actions were a betrayal of every value we have in our community, and he is not representative of our great police force.”
Luckhurst’s attorney said that his client joked about giving a poo sandwich to a homeless person but never actually did so. The “joke” spiraled out of control, and his client plans to appeal the indefinite suspension decision.
Meanwhile, the #bluelivesmatter movement is silent on this one.