Texas police officer fights for job after last ‘despicable’ joke, smearing brown substance in women’s bathroom
A former Texas policeman is fighting to get his job back a second time after being fired twice for “nasty” jokes, this time pooping in a powder room, not flushing and putting a brown substance on the seat.
Matthew Luckhurst, who was a police officer at the San Antonio police, was originally terminated in October 2016 for giving a homeless person a stool sandwich, but reclaiming his job at a technical point.
An arbitrator put Luckhurst back on the force and quoted a rule that says an officer cannot be punished for conduct that took place more than 180 days prior to the discipline, but did not excuse the act.
Matthew Luckhurst, who was a police officer at the San Antonio police, fights to get his job back after being fired twice for “nasty” jokes, this time pooping in a ladies’ room, not flushing and a brown substance on the chair
Luckhurst, pictured during an arbitration hearing this week, was originally fired in October 2016 for giving a homeless sandwich to feces, but won his job back at a technical point
Luckhurst is fired again after the ward heard of another joke where he pooped in a woman’s toilet, didn’t flush and smeared a brown substance on the chair
Luckhurst, however, was fired again after the ward heard of another joke that happened the same year. The officer appeared to have discharged into the woman’s toilet, not to flush and to have a brown substance on the chair.
During his second attempt to regain his job this week, Luckhurst took full responsibility for the joke and said, “in retrospect, it was immature,” reports KSAT.
The former officer responded Tuesday to a question from the city attorney calling the incident “a joke,” insisting that a second officer involved in similar behavior did not participate in the joke.
Luckhurst also denied that he had lubricated the brown substance on the chair, which he said was a coffee product. Instead, he claimed that he had placed small balls of the product on the chair and suspected that they had melted.
A day earlier at the start of the arbitration hearing, the city attorney accused Luckhurst of harassing, intimidating and degrading female officers with the joke.
San Antonio police officer Jessica Medrano testified that she was nauseous when she discovered the feces, and it was noted that she was eight and a half months pregnant at the time.
‘I have had a lot of nausea during my pregnancy. As soon as I smelled it, I wanted to throw up. I was gagging, “Medrano said, KSAT reports.
She said she was “angry and disgusting” and said she would never work with Luckhurst again.
“It has led to distrust between the people of San Antonio and our department that our officers had to answer for their actions,” the officer said. “
At the start of the arbitration hearing, the city attorney accused Luckhurst (middle) of female officers of harassing, intimidating and degrading the joke
San Antonio police officer Jessica Medrano (pictured at the Luckhurst arbitration session) testified that she was nauseous when she discovered the feces, and it was noted that she was eight and a half months pregnant at the time
Police chief William McManus was called as a witness on Wednesday and said he doesn’t think Luckhurst deserves to come back to the police.
The chief testified that he was behind his decision to fire Luckhurst because he was playing a “joke” involving droppings, and called the behavior “mean and disgusting.”
Attorney Ben Sifuentes, who represents Luckhurst, questioned the chief about other bike patrol statements that suggested that what was happening was generally recognized as “just a joke.”
Police chief William McManus said during the arbitration that he does not think Luckhurst deserves to come back to the police. He said he was sticking to his decision to fire Luckhurst because he was playing a “joke” with droppings and calling the behavior “despicable and disgusting”
The lawyer also raised other incidents of harassment that he said the discipline was not a termination.
An example was an incident in 2016 involving an officer who had wrongly touched a 21-year-old female ‘police explorer’ during a ‘ride’.
The officer received a 10-day suspension under McManus.
Sifuentes also raised an incident in which he said a San Antonio police chief had engraved a penis on a gun for another male officer.
He claimed that, despite complaints from women about the force, the captain was not disciplined.
The arbitration is expected to be completed on Thursday.