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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

[TX] SAPD Officer Michael Cooper arrested for domestic violence

24 years on the San Antonio Police Department, 50 year old Patrolman Michael Cooper was arrested for choking and punching a 20 year old female family member. ***Although one news source names the victim as his wife, I am not so sure after reading the affadavit for arrest. I would guess it's his daughter. I removed names of the victim and witness -the victim's brother - while transcribing the affadavit, but the victim's brother shares Officer Cooper's surname.

(Also due to a recent Cooper family tragedy, family information - names of members of the family - was online. I won't post that here.)

FROM THE AFFADAVIT FOR ARREST WARRANT:

...OFFICER [V.] STATED THAT HE WAS DISPATCHED TO ________ TO INVESTIGATE AN ASSAULT. OFFICER [V.] MADE CONTACT WITH THE COMPLAINTANT AND HER BROTHER, [O.C.], WHO IS THE OUTCRY WITNESS. THE COMPLAINANT TOLD OFFICER [V.] THAT THE DEFENDANT WAS UPSET WITH HER BECAUSE HE BELIEVED SHE HAD A BAD ATTITUDE AND WAS ACTING DISTANT. ACCORDING TO THE COMPLAINANT ON 07-24-09 AT ABOUT 10:00PM THE DEFENDANT BEGAN YELLING AT HER AND SHE BEGAN YELLING BACK AND THE DEFENDANT BECAME UPSET AND PLACED HIS HANDS AROUND THE COMPLAINANT'S NECK AND CHOKED HER AS HE PINNED HER DOWN ON HER BED. THE COMPLAINANT TOLD OFFICER [V.] THAT THE DEFENDANT RELEASED HER NECK AND CONTINUED TO YELL AT HER AND THEN JABBED HER ON THE CHEST WITH HIS HAND. THE COMPLAINANT TOLD OFFICER [V.] THAT THE NEXT MORNING HER BROTHER [O.C.] ARRIVED HOME AND SHE TOLD HIM THAT THE DEFENDANT CHOKED HER. OFFICER [V.] SPOKE TO [O.C.] AND [O.C.] STATED THAT HE CONFRONTED THE DEFENDANT CONCERNING THE ALLEGATIONS AND THE DEFENDANT ADMITTED THAT HE PLACED HIS HANDS ON THE COMPLAINANT BUT TOLD HIM THAT IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

YOUR AFFIANT INTERVIEWED THE COMPLAINANT AND SHE STATED THAT ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT ABOUT 9:30PM SHE WAS IN HER APARTMENT WITH THE DEFENDANT AND THEY BEGAN TO ARGUE. THE COMPLAINANT STATED SHE WAS SITTING ON THE EDGE OF HER BED AND THE DEFENDANT WAS STANDING IN FRONT OF HER. THE DEFENDANT BEGAN TO YELL AT THE COMPLAINANT AND PLACED HIS FACE UP CLOSE TO HER FACE TELLING HER SHE WAS LIKE HER MOTHER AND WOULD NOT AMOUNT TO ANYTHING. THIS MADE THE COMPLAINANT UPSET AND SHE YELLED BACK AT THE DEFENDANT. THE DEFENDANT THEN LUNGED AT THE COMPLAINANT PUSHING HER ONTO THE BED ON HER BACK. THE DEFENDANT STRADDLED THE COMPLAINANT PLACING HIS HANDS AROUND THE COMPLAINANT'S NECK AND BEGAN CHOKING HER TO THE POINT THAT THE COMPLAINANT WAS NOT ABLE TO BREATHE OR TALK. THE COMPLAINANT STATED SHE REACHED UP AND PLACED HER HANDS AROUND THE DEFENDANT'S NECK AND HE THEN RELEASED HIS GRIP FROM AROUND HER NECK. THE DEFENDANT GOT OFF THE COMPLAINANT AND STOOD NEXT TO THE BED AND AS THE COMPLAINANT SAT UP ON THE BED THE DEFENDANT JABBED HER WITH A CLOSED FIST ON HER CHEST. THE COMPLAINANT STATED THAT ON SATURDAY 07-25-09 HER BROTHER [O.C.] ARRIVED AT THE APARTMENT AND SHE TOLD HIM WHAT THE DEFENDANT DID TO HER...




San Antonio police officer charged with assaulting wife
Reported by: Elsa Ramon
Email: ElsaRamon@woaitv.com
Last Update: July 28, 2009 - 7:05 am
SAN ANTONIO -- A police officer is on administrative leave as the department investigates an assault claim. SAPD Patrol Officer Michael Cooper is free on bond Monday after being arrested over the weekend... [Full article here]

SAPD Officer Faces Violence Charges
KSAT.com
By Tim Gerber
POSTED: Monday, July 27, 2009
UPDATED: 8:39 am CDT July 28, 2009
Read the arrest affidavit. (PDF)
A San Antonio police officer has been arrested and charged with assaulting a family member. According to court records, 50-year-old Michael Cooper was arrested Monday after he allegedly attacked a 20-year-old woman with whom he lives... Cooper allegedly pushed the woman onto a bed, straddled her and placed his hands around her neck. The woman told officers Cooper choked her to the point that she could not breath or talk. When the woman placed her hands around Cooper's neck, he reportedly let her go. The victim did not report the assault until the next day when she told her brother, who in turn called police... Cooper was booked on family violence charges and released on a $3,500 bond. [Full article here]

Officer arrested on family violence charge
mysanantonio.com, Express-News
By Michelle Mondo
07/27/2009 8:03 CDT
...When the two got up from the bed, he then “jabbed her with a closed fist” on her chest. On Saturday, she told her brother what happened and, on Sunday, police were called to make a report. Cooper is a 24-year veteran of the force, according to city records. [Full article here]

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