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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Schertz police denybrutality charges 1987 Page 7A Correspondent Investigation of alleged abuse by a Schertz police officer continues by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of but Schertz City Manager Jimmy Cfilmore maintains the accusations by the League of United Latin American Citizens are totally We have an There Is an said a spokesman with the FBI office In San Antonio said last The whose name Is being withheld by Schertz city Is alleged to have entered a prisoners cell and hit the prisoners head against a while Schertz Police Chief James Keith and a detective The name of the detective remains unknown as no one at the Schertz Police Department returned any phone calls placed throughout the day a call placed later that evening revealed no one at the police department wishes to release names nor comment at this It Is still undetermined if the chief and the detective were Involved in the incident In any way as of noon LULAC state direc tor Jose Garcia DeLara had returned a call staling he had written a letter to Hector Flores of the Justice Departments Dallas about the alleged incident described In the letter as unnecessary use of force by Schertz The a 21yearold Hispanic male Identified as Gerardo Fragoso of was arrested late 30 or early morning Fragoso was transported lo the Guadalupe County Jail immediately after being Conflicting reporls differ from Gilmores discussion with One report states Fragoso was in the Schertz detention are after the arrest at about 10 on or about That which Schertz city of ficials call not true and deny is according to De De Lara responded lo the saying Fragoso was arrested on charges of public Where the incident took place is also but according to It is my understanding that there may be more than two The problem as we see it is we dont know who the complainant is and we dont have a Gilmore Records at the Schertz Police Department indicated Fragoso had not been located since warrants were issued following his failure to appear in court March The warrant for his arrest was sign ed April As of Monday Gilmore about two weeks ago we did an internal administrative investigation and we found that the allegations were completely The FBI is doing everything he What action well take is pending until the FBI comes up with whatever it is going to come up We felt it would be better to divorce ourselves from the investiga tion at this DeLara said LULAC is ready to act on behalf of Fragoso if the allega tions of police brutality are proven correct after the FBI First of that would be un necessary use of DeLara said in explaining possible Number the officer had no business in the It would also ac count for vicarious liability to the chief and officer who DeLara added that if the FBI probe supported the the case would possibly provide grounds for civil rights Many times and too often we receive complaints of police brutali ty theyre fairly regular DeLara And we also have found so many Incidents go unreported because the person feels nothing will happen and they fear DeLara said the complaint about the Schertz Police Department was the first LULAC had ever received on that Our purpose is to hopefully clean up the problem and streamline police department he We hope to do that here and throughout the We Intend to put our foot LULAC has chosen not to tell anybody who the socalled complaint Gilmore But I think state laws and the federal constitution state you have the right to face your Gilmore said the officers he suspects made the charges against the department and reportedly witnessed the beating have not made Neither work for the department One of the officers who claims he was right there refused to make a Gilmore And the other works for a sister city now and we did not ask him for a Gilrnore said he personally suspects the complaints come from the two But I dont know that for a he Ive always got to support my employees and from what the In formation I have now indicates these people would have to have lied which would be jeopardizing their he As far as we can determine through independent and Internal Incident did not I just dont believe this would hap but If these people are guilty theyll be dealt with Gilmore As of last Ouadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth indicated that on the morning of a Schertz police officer booked a hlspanic male and a black male In the Guadalupe County Jail for public Forum Continued from Page 4A had 3 nice time and RSVP was able to raise some much needed funds in the Ted Wolber Assistant Director Retired Senior Volunteer Program Fireworks support needed We have a unique challenge in New As did the founders of this great country some 3U years In honor of our independence each year thousands of our local take ice to park on the evening pf July see the If this is jytje way yog biye en joyed 9Rd spjenjt ypujr Fourth of July I woujcjnt wmt yoju to be if it 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