Sunday, October 26, 2014

Groups Want Buckeye Police Department To Release Officer's Name In Teodulo Sánchez Incident

Several groups and supporters of undocumented immigrant that was threatened to be killed by a Buckeye officer, if he moved during a traffic stop want officer fired.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 26, 2014

Buckeye, Arizona - On Thursday, several groups, from Puente Movement, Dream Acton Coalition including supporters gathered in front of the Buckeye Police Department (BPD) to demand an independent investigation, the release of the officer's name and for the officer to be terminated in the Teodulo Sánchez incident. More than a dozen people are seeking to learn the identity of a Buckeye Police officer who on October 10 during a traffic stop threaten to kill and shoot Sánchez, if he moved while being questioned.
The officer apparently made false statements to his department initial inquiry about the incident. The BPD in a press release when contacted by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) stated that according to the officer, Sánchez was "uncooperative" and "making furtive movements."
But, Sánchez's video selfie contradicted the officer's account of the incident. Sánchez began recording the incident with his cell shortly after he noticed the officer following him. During the first seven minutes before he was stopped, Sánchez was driving the legal speed limit and actually when stopped he followed the officers demands while the he pointed a gun at Sánchez. The officer involved is a Spanish speaking Latino officer, according to the BPD.
The BPD is conducting their own administrative department internal investigation and hasn't identified the officer. The BPD has stated that "the officer used a poor choice of words, and does not condone the statement made during the stop."

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