San Antonio cop fired for hitting pregnant woman in the head gets job in arbitration | San Antonio News | San Antonio
A San Antonio cop fired in 2019 after dashcam footage showed her repeatedly punching a handcuffed pregnant woman over the head has now returned to her job, KSAT reports.
A third-party arbitrator has referred Officer Elizabeth Montoya to the San Antonio Police Department after the eight-year force veteran testified at a hearing in March that the seven punches she landed were ” compliance strikes,” according to the station. His dismissal was reduced to a 45-day suspension.
During her testimony, Montoya said she was afraid of “being spat on or hitting her head” as she conducted a drug search on Kimberly Esparza, then six months pregnant, KSAT reports. Besides punching Esparza, Montoya also left her. on the ground in the pouring rain for 26 minutes, according to documents cited by the station.
In a statement provided to KSAT, San Antonio City Attorney Andy Segovia said he was “disappointed” with the referee’s decision, adding that Montoya’s conduct “did not meet the standards set by SAPD”.
Segovia also said the arbitrator heard the case under the police union’s previous collective bargaining agreement. The new agreement, approved by city council in May, “gives appropriate weight to the chief’s disciplinary decisions and limits the arbitrator’s subjective determination that the discipline imposed was excessive,” he added.
Before the new contract was approved, police liability advocates argued that a biased arbitration process led to San Antonio having one of the highest rates of problem officers allowed to work. return to strength.
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