Controversy as Police Union Plans to Vote “No Confidence” in Chief McManus
The San Antonio Police Officers Association is calling for a vote of “no confidence” in SAPD Chief William McManus following his support of changes to “use of force” guidelines.
McManus Supports New Guidelines Following Fatal Officer Shooting
According to KENS-5, the union’s motion is in response to McManus’ support of the Police Executives Research Forum’s changes to “use of force” guidelines.
McManus’ support comes after a fatal police shooting in which San Antonio police officer John Lee shot and killed 36-year-old Antronie Scott in early February. Lee stated that he “feared for his life” when he fatally wounded Scott after mistaking a cell phone in Scott’s hand for a weapon.
McManus has since placed Lee on contemplated indefinite suspension and last week moved to terminate Lee.
Officials Respond to Union’s Motion
In response to the police union’s action, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley released a statement supporting Chief McManus decisions. According to Sculley’s statement, “the police union’s attempt to undermine chief McManus is outrageous and has absolutely zero effect on my confidence in the chief’s ability to lead and manage the San Antonio Police Department.”
San Antonio attorney Thomas J. Henry also objected to the union’s actions, saying McManus was approved and selected by San Antonio’s city leaders and that it is unfortunate to think members of law enforcement would “just dismiss his decisions.”
Henry also reminded the public that it is McManus’ duty to exercise due diligence when dealing with police shootings, adding “obviously, the chief believes [Lee’s use of force] was unnecessary based on his suspension.”
Henry representing Scott’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the SAPD.