This weekend, two Texas sheriff’s deputies from Bexar County were caught on camera shooting a domestic violence suspect after he had already raised both of his hands in the air in an act of surrender.
Now, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has taken to Facebook to slam San Antonio’s ABC network affiliate, KSAT 12, for airing the unedited, raw video of the incident, which took the life of a man who has since been identified as Gilbert Flores.
Ironically, the sheriff’s department – which can be reached at 210-335-6010 – is asking its followers to conduct a call flood to the news station for airing the video of the brazen, broad daylight shooting of a surrendering suspect in public.
Today, members of our local media chose to broadcast online unedited video of a man’s death. KSAT 12 paid a neighbor who filmed the tragedy $100 for the exclusive rights to the video.
As a result, people from outside our community have bombarded us with inappropriate comments, and today, physical threats toward our deputies. These deputies have not been charged with a crime and a family lost their loved one.
This is unethical and sad. Call KSAT and let them know what you think – (210) 351-1277. If you agree, let the local media know this sort of sensational behavior doesn’t fly in Bexar County.
UPDATE: It was later discovered that Bexar County Sheriffs Office also made a similar appeal on twitter shown below, claiming that it was unfair for a citizen journalist to get paid to license his extraordinary video.
— PINAC News (@PINACnews) September 1, 2015
The officers also claim that they’re now in fear for their lives, on twitter.
The nearby cop watcher who clandestinely video recorded the entire incident on his smart phone, later sold the story to local ABC news outlet.
At the time of our original report on PINAC, the video had not yet aired, but yesterday afternoon the station released the entire video as seen below.
From the little that we do know about the victim, he was killed because the Bexar deputies were called to his home for allegations of domestic violence.
It seems to be a minor offense, and not one punishable by death penalty if convicted. It is unknown at this time if the deputies had any prior contact with Flores or if either deputy had a prior association with the man who perished on his own lawn.
It’s uncertain if the shooting is part of Bexar County’s elected Sheriff Susan L. Pamerleau‘s political campaign promises published on their website, “I pledge to the citizens of Bexar County to make public safety my number one priority, with a strong foundation of stewardship of taxpayer dollars; improvements in jail operations; and family violence prevention initiatives.”
Bexar County is home to the Alamo, replete with its tale of courageous Americans, including Davy Crockett, who stood their ground under fire in the face of certain defeat to become heroes.
These two Texas sherifs were so heroic, they were unable to stand their ground while waiting for backup units to accept the surrender of a man with both hands up.
Call the sheriff’s office at 210-335-6010 or leave a comment on its Facebook page.