New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 24, 1987, Page 7

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 24, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Schertz police denybrutality charges By JOHN KAS THFF Correspondent Investigation of alleged abuse by a Schertz pollee officer continues bv the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Us Department of Justice but Schertz City Manager Jimmy Gilmore maintains the accusations by the Ie ague of United Latin American Citizens an* totally false" "We have an allegation There is an Investigation," said a spokesman with the I' BI office in San Antonio caid last week The officer whose name is being withheld by Schertz city officials is alleged to have entered a prisoner’s cell and hit the prisoner s head against a wall, while Schertz, Police Chief James Keith and a detective watched The name of the detective remains unknown as no one at the Schertz Police Department returned any phone calls placed throughout the day Monday However a call placed later that evening revealed no one at the police department wishe< to release names nor comment at this time It is still undetermined if the chief and the detective were involved in th** incident in any wav howe' et as of noon Monday Ll I,AC state direr tor Jose Garcia PcLara had returned a call stating tie had written a letter to Hector I-lores of the Justice Department s Dallas office about the alleged incident described in the letter as "brutal, unnecessary use of force bv Scher tz Police The prisoner a 21 year old Hispanic male identified as Gerardo Fragoso of Schertz was arrested late Jan to or early morning Jan J Kragoso was transported to the Guadalupe County Jail immediate! after tieing processed Conflicting reports differ from Gilmore discussion with reporter s One report states Kragoso was in the Schertz detention are after the ar r e« t at about IO p in on or about Jan 7H That report which Schertz city of finals call not true and deny is accur ate according to De I.ar a la* Lara responded to the report saying Fragoso was arrested on charges of public intoxication Where tile incident t**nk place is also undetermined but according to De Lara It is my understanding that there may be more than two witnesses ” "The- problem as we see it is we don’t know who the* complainant is and we don’t have a victim," Gilmore said Records at tti** Schertz. Police Department indicated Fragoso had not been located since warrants were issued following hr failure to appear in court March 4 The warrant for his arrest was sign eel April I As of Monday afternoon fillmore said, "about two weeks ago we did an internal administrative investigation and we* found that the allegations were completely false "The FBI is doing everything now," he* said ‘ What action we- ii take is pending until the FBI comes up with whatever it is going to come up with We felt it would be tx*ttci to divorce ourselves from the investiga lion at this point DeLara said LL LAI is ready toad on behalf of Fragoso if the allege tioris of police brutality are proven correct after the FBI investigation "First of all that would be un necessary use* of force DeLara said in explaining possible charges Number two the officer had no business in the cell It would also ac count for vicarious liability to tti** c hief and officer who watched DeLara added that if the F Bl proix* supported the* allegations tin* case would possibly provide grounds for civil rights \ rotations "Many times and too often we receive complaints of polit e brutal! ty; they re* fairly regular calls,’’ DeLara continued And we also have found so many incidents go unreported t>ec ause Hic* person feels nothing will happen ariel they fear retaliation ” Del,ara said the complain* a**out the* Schertz, Police- Department was the first LUKAC had ever received (Mi ‘tint agency “Our purpose* is to hopefully clean up the* problem and streamline police department work he added vs** hope to do that here and throughout ’he state We intend to put our foot down " "Ll LAU has chosen not to tell anybody who th** so called complaint is," Gilmore said But I think state laws and the* federal constitution state you have the right to fac e your accuser ’’ Gilmore said Hic* officers tic suspects made tti** charges against the* department and reportedly witnessed the l>cating have* not made statements Neither work for tile department now One of the officers who claims tie was light there refused to make a statement, Gilmore said And Hie other works for a sister c ity now ariel we did not ask turn for a statement " Gilmore said he* personally suspects the complaints come from the two ex employees [Pit I don t know that for a fact ’ tie added I e ii «,a\ got to support my employees arid from what the in formation I have now indie ate* these people would have to have ired win* ti w c)u Id tie jeopardizing then careers he said As far a a* > ■ determine through independent and interna! investigation1 the irs •<!*•*,' did not occur i just don t believe fbi would hap pen hut if these* people ar*- * u 1 they’ll ta* dealt with appropriate*v fillmore concluded As of last week, Guadalupe ( ourity '.tieriff Melvin Harborth indicated that cm the morning of Jan '}}’• a Schertz, fKilice officer booked a hispanic male and a black male n the Guadalupe f ounty Jail for pub -intoxication Forum Continued from Page 4A had a nice time and BS VP was able to raise some much needed funds in the process. Sincerely, Ted Wolber Assistant Director Retired Senior v olunteer Program Fireworks support needed We have a unique challenge in New Braunfels As did the founders of this great country some 211 years ago In honor of our independence each year thousands of our local citizens take kids, blankets ice chests, etc., to Lands Park on the evening of July 4 to set* the fireworks If this is the way you have un joyed and spent your Fourth of Juh evening, I wouldn’t want you to he disappointed if it meant only taking a few dollars out f your pocket For you see the average attendance is over 5,(MMI If each one of us who at tended would just send $2 whi<*h is less than a movie ticket), we can have the fireworks The choice is yours. Send your tax deductible donation to SAVE THE FIREWORKS, P O. 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