SAISD statements about officer video

MEDIA STATEMENTS

 

San Antonio ISD to terminate officer
April 11, 2016 -- While San Antonio ISD's investigation continues into an incident that occurred at Rhodes Middle School on March 29, 2016, the District has made the decision to terminate the employment of Officer Joshua Kehm, effective immediately.

“As educators, it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for all of our students,” said SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted. Additionally, the officer’s report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department. We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior.” Martinez said.

The administrative investigation continues as the District works to determine any other necessary actions in response to the incident. The District has made the decision to refer the law enforcement portion of the investigation to a third party law enforcement agency. 

“We recognize the high level of emotion generated by this incident, and we want to ensure the public’s trust in this investigation, that it is being conducted without any perception of bias,” Martinez said.

“We know that this incident does not define our District police department, which is dedicated to serving and protecting our school community,” continued Martinez.  “We all want to make sure this kind of incident does not occur again, and we will seek to identify areas where improvement may be needed.”

District decisions expected by early next week
April 8, 2017
- The District is continuing today to investigate the Rhodes Middle School incident. We anticipate that we will have all of the reports and information we need by the end of the day to help us determine what actions we will take in response to the incident. And we expect to finalize decisions on appropriate actions to take by early next week.

Through our investigation, we are seeking details on what led up to this incident and how it was handled. This goes beyond the officer’s handling of the situation to examine the administrative response as well. 

We are working to interview as many witnesses as possible, to ensure we take the appropriate action. We do not tolerate excessive force in this District. 

Conducting investigation in timely and appropriate manner
April 7, 2016
- The District launched an investigation yesterday into the incident shown on the video that occurred at Rhodes Middle School. It’s important that the investigation be done appropriately and in a timely manner.  Texas state law requires an investigation to be conducted following a complaint filed against an officer, before that officer can be subject to any disciplinary action. The officer was placed on leave Wednesday morning, pending the outcome of the investigation. We are working to interview as many witnesses as possible, to ensure we take the appropriate action.

We have no other details about the incident to provide at this time.

Formal investigation launched into Rhodes Middle School video
April 6, 2016
 - District administration learned late Tuesday night about a video and incident that occurred at Rhodes Middle School on March 29.  The video is very disturbing, and we immediately launched a formal investigation, which is being conducted by both District police and administration. The officer was placed on leave yesterday morning, pending the outcome of that investigation.  We are working to gather all of the details around this incident to ensure that we take the appropriate action, and have no other details on the incident to provide at this time.
 

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April 7, 2016