San Antonio police union president says 'goddamn' is as offensive as the N-word
The president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association equated an officer's use of the N-word to Mayor Ron Nirenberg using the word "goddamn."
On Friday, the Express-News examined several cases in which officers fired for serious misconduct were returned to the force by third-party arbitrators.
One of the officers, Tim Garcia, had been fired after he was heard on a body camera in 2018 repeatedly calling a handcuffed prisoner the N-word. An arbitrator reduced Garcia’s punishment to a 10-month suspension and he is now back on patrol.
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Mike Helle, president of the police union, told the newspaper that the attempted firing was a "case in point" of Chief William McManus trying to "rule as if he’s a monarch."
Garcia said, "'Look, I shouldn’t have said it, it was a lapse in my moment,'" Helle said. "And if anybody knows a lapse in a moment when they lose their composure, our mayor (Ron Nirenberg) said the exact same offensivelike cuss word when he used the word G-D (goddamn) when he was on TV in front of the entire crowd and audience, right?"
In early June, Nirenberg told a crowd in San Antonio protesting police violence to hold him accountable, saying, "I'm the mayor of this goddamn city and we're going to make change together."
The Express-News asked Helle whether he really believes the word used by Nirenberg is as offensive as the N-word,
"For me, yes, it is," Helle said. "Why don’t you go ask one of our pastors or anybody that that’s their faith?"
Click here to read the full Express-News investigation into arbitrators excusing allegations of racism in police.