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Saturday, June 27, 2009

[TX] San Antonio Officer Rory Rogers only SORT OF fired for "DEADLY CONDUCT" on his girlfriend

...a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Police Department, said Rogers was placed on indefinite suspension June 19, a disciplinary action tantamount to firing...

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[TX] Police arrest Officer Rogers for assaulting his ex girlfriend - ...The ex-girlfriend told police while she was dancing Rogers came up to her and pushed her down... the woman had cuts on her arms, knee, and side... Several witness accounts were identical to the ex-girlfriend's story, Trevino said, giving police probable cause for an arrest warrant...

POLICE OFFICER INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED
Officer suspended over alleged assault on woman
San Antonio Express-News
By Michelle Mondo
Jun 25, 2009
[Excerpts] A 27-year-old police officer accused last year of assaulting a former girlfriend at a bar has essentially been terminated from the department, officials said. Rory Rogers, who at the time of the Dec. 27 incident had been a member of the force for five years, was charged with assault after the ex-girlfriend and several witnesses told police that Rogers, while off-duty, went to a Stone Oak bar and pushed the 21-year-old woman, authorities said. The woman cut herself on glass when she fell, authorities said at the time, and as she got up, Rogers was accused of pushing her down again before leaving the bar. Sandy Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Police Department, said Rogers was placed on indefinite suspension June 19, a disciplinary action tantamount to firing. The decision was based on the criminal charge of assault bodily injury, she said... "The opportunity will be there for an arbitrator to rule whether (the indefinite suspension) was appropriate or not," [San Antonio Police Officers Association President Mike] Helle said. "He's got a criminal case that is still out there that he has to take care of first. If that case gets dismissed or if it goes to trial and he's acquitted, it helps his [internal] case." First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said the criminal case against Rogers,
which also includes
a deadly conduct charge,

remains under investigation by the district attorney's office... Although he admitted nothing, police arrested him because of a tighter domestic violence policy adopted in January 2007 requiring officers to secure arrest warrants immediately for most family violence suspects. [Full article here]

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