WATCH: SAPD Releases Body Cam Footage of a Viral Video

SAN ANGELO, TX – The San Angelo Police Department has released a statement following a controversial incident with a man at Walmart.

According to the San Angelo Police Department, on January 4, 2021, a YouTube video began circulating on the San Angelo Police Department’s Facebook Page. The incident took place on October 4, 2020. The Axon Body Camera footage, recorded by a patrol officer employed by the San Angelo Police Department, recorded a response to a call for service regarding an alleged intoxicated driver with a child passenger who had entered a local shopping center. 

Officers were advised that the subject was inside the store and had been in the parking lot harassing people. The subject was described as a white male, approximately 5’09”, with brown curly hair. The vehicle was described as a black Chevrolet Equinox with a known license plate and possible three-year-old child passenger.

Officers arrived and located the vehicle in question parked and unoccupied, which led the officers to believe that the child may be inside with the involved citizen.

As seen in the recording, the responding officers entered the store and detained a man that matched the description listed in the call notes. The detained man was also accompanied by a small child. 

During the course of the officers’ detention and interaction with the man whom they believed could be the alleged driver, the officers attempted to compel the man to identify himself. When the man failed to comply with their requests to identify himself, the officers used physical force to effect an arrest for the charge of Failure to Identity when the elements of that offense were not, in fact, met. 

There have been false reports circulating that the citizen’s child was left solely in the care of a store employee throughout the duration of the incident when, in fact, a San Angelo Police Officer remained with the child until the incident’s conclusion.

Department officials have been in contact with the involved citizen since shortly after the event and the Department’s Office of Professional Standards initiated an internal investigation on October 5, 2020. The disposition of the investigation has not been finalized. 

“The responding officers clearly mishandled the incident through a mistake in law. The expectation is that all SAPD officers know the law and apply it properly and a failure to do so does not meet our policy or standards. We are very fortunate that one of our Patrol Supervisors swiftly intervened and prevented further harm to this man by releasing him before he was taken to jail. I recognize incidents such as this can lead to losing public confidence in police and I take our responsibilities to the public very seriously. It only takes one incident like this to undo the years of hard work and positive interactions by so many officers who are truly dedicated to protecting and serving the public. 

My administration is aware of the depth of feeling surrounding this incident as well as the issue of police misconduct in our society. We are committed to policing our community with dignity, respect, fairness, and empathy — and when those important values are not being met — we will do everything we can to learn from it and take corrective action.” — Chief of Police, Frank Carter

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Who are the biggest criminals? SAPD . That's who! They think they can do whatever they want. I got pulled over the cop said I had a busted tail light.....when I was taken to the rear of the truck the light was working fine......HE LIED....plus had 3 more units show up like we were hard criminals or something.....little excessive if you ask me and the other 2 whitnesses.

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This happens everyday with the police, this time they just got caught. The citizens of San Angelo better be prepared to pay this guy a whole lot of money with their tax dollars, because this is a slam dunk case for even the worst attorneys. We need to start paying lawsuits out of the police pension fund, then this kind of bad behavior will stop really quick. On a side note the article states that he was found because of the description, in the video before they find him the police clearly state they do not have a description, so that is false. DO NOT TRUST THE POLICE, the citizen did exactly what he was supposed to do and assert his rights, this right here is proof that even if you do nothing wrong it still does not matter to these people.

Since the article doesn't link the video, because they are biased and don't want you to know that the police are corrupt, here it is in full;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dxSmnr9TAU&ab_channel=NOTTXSHEEPDOG88

j j, Fri, 01/08/2021 - 15:18
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Sgt. Holt, great job.  This is what leaders are supposed to do. Policing is all about leadership. Leading people from a bad decision to a good/better one.  Yes, sometimes it your own people. Thank you for your service.

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I they had "great leaders" it would not have even got to the point that a innocent man's rights were violated. Stop kissing up to people who do not care about you.

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