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Friday, October 9, 2009

[TX] Chief Gonzalez fired Officer Ramirez, saying San Juan PD doesn't tolerate officer-involved domestic violence

From The Monitor
October 08, 2009 10:18 PM
[Excerpts] ...[San Juan Police Chief Juan] Gonzalez emphasized he maintains a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. The department conducts its own investigations into the matter and dismisses the officer in question if police find evidence to back up domestic violence claims. If someone knows of an ongoing domestic abuse situation involving a police officer or anyone else, that person should speak out about it, Gonzalez said. “This department does not tolerate it,” he said. In February, about two weeks after Gonzalez became San Juan’s police chief, that policy was enforced, he said. Gonzalez fired patrolman Arturo Ramirez, 26, whose wife accused him of assaulting her. Ramirez was charged Feb. 25 with assault causing bodily injury, court records show. His case is pending in an Hidalgo County court-at-law. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine... [Full article here]
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