A former San Antonio police officer has lost his job for a second time and thankfully won’t be reinstated. Matthew Luckhurst was first suspended in 2016 for giving a homeless man a “feces sandwich,” an incident which led to his first termination months later. After a short suspension he was reinstated, only for San Antonio Police Chief William McManus to get rid of him for good earlier this month, News4SA reports.
- Luckhurt’s actions were disgusting. Four years ago, while working for the San Antonio PD, Luckhurst allegedly put feces on two pieces of bread and then gave it to a homeless man. This led to him being indefinitely suspended, which should have been the end of the story.
- Somehow, Luckhurst won an appeal. He claimed that the incident which led to his termination happened more than 180 days prior to the higher-ups taking action. Because of a provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, he appealed to an arbitrator and was allowed to go back to work.
- Of course, a tiger never changes its stripes. Luckhurst was fired a second time when he not only failed to flush the toilet in the women’s restroom in the building where the Downtown bike patrol works. That alone doesn’t seem like a problem (even though it is inconsiderate and gross), but then Luckhurst “spread brown tapioca-like substance on the toilet to look like feces,” an action he later admitted taking because the female officers requested the place be kept clean. What is wrong with this guy?
- Thank goodness Luckhurst has been fired for good. “This individual clearly has no business wearing an SAPD uniform, and it should never have been this hard to fire him,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. Walsh said that the earlier provision meant that Luckhurst had “more chances than he deserved” and that it unfortunately makes it harder for McManus “to discipline officers who fail to live up to SAPD’s standards.”
- Justice is finally served. “The vast majority of our officers respect their oaths to serve the community, and they resent it when individuals like Luckhurst discredit the badge,” said Chief McManus. “For both the department and the community, it was critically important that he not be allowed to have his job back. Although the limits imposed on me by the Collective Bargaining Agreement made firing him more difficult than it should have been, justice was finally served in this case.”