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SAPD Detective Suspended Three Days for Alleged Domestic Abuse


  • Bexar County Sheriff's Office
Last August, a San Antonio police detective was accused of hitting his wife in the face, leaving a gash and leading to an assault charge against him. While the wife of detective Xavier Cordero dropped charges against him in December, SAPD was still considering firing him — what the department calls an "indefinite suspension."

But according to disciplinary documents first obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, SAPD Chief William McManus agreed to a softer punishment for Cordero: three days of unpaid leave. Cordero served the suspension in early April, and has since returned to his original job.

According to his August arrest warrant, Cordero fled the scene after his wife called 911 to report the assault. When an investigator called Cordero, asking him to return, he replied, “He was not going back just so he could be arrested for ‘something so dumb,’” according to the affidavit.

This isn't the first time McManus has allowed alleged abusers on the force to return to work with the SAPD equivalent to a slap on the wrist. In 2015, the chief handed Officer Humberto Zuniga a five-day suspension for trying to blackmail a former girlfriend — threatening to post videos of her engaging in sexual acts if she didn't drop a lawsuit against him. In 2014, he left Detective Jimmy Castillo with three days of unpaid leave for stealing a girlfriend's purse after physically assaulting her. And when Officer Harold Thomaston, Jr. exposed himself to a woman while on duty in a patrol car (and touched her breast and legs without her consent), McManus decided 25 days of unpaid leave was fair punishment. Thomaston was arrested last month for driving drunk while off-duty, and is again on administrative leave from SAPD.

As we reported before, SAPD will fire officers for having consensual sex while on duty — but, it appears, not for alleged domestic abuse.

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