San Antonio police chief fires two officers for excessive use of force

Megan Armstrong San Antonio News Leave a Comment

Published 10:43 am CDT, Thursday, August 13, 2020

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus has fired two police officers for excessive use of force during an incident in January that started with a traffic stop and ended with the officers punching the driver in the face, according to city suspension records released Wednesday.

McManus also found that the two officers, Thomas H. Villarreal and Carlos M. Castro, entered a house without consent, a search warrant or a compelling reason to do so.

Read our subscriber story for details on the incident as well as what the two officers are doing in response. 

McManus, in firing the officers, also cited acts of incompetency, discourtesy and lack of moral character.

Both officers deny all of the allegations.

In July, McManus fired another officer, Jonathan Montalvo, 23, who is accused of choking his girlfriend and was arrested in November on a felony assault-family violence. Montalvo was arrested again in June for violating a condition of his bond that he stay away from the accuser.

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