Showing posts with label Sgt. Patricio Alvarez. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sgt. Patricio Alvarez. Show all posts

Monday, May 18, 2020

See for Yourself: Use of Force Investigation Involving SGT Schultz, Alexandria Police Department

Readers may recall that some time ago I experienced an issue with SGT Schultz of the Alexandria police department, who appears to feel that being a police officer allows him to push and shove citizens without justification. In response, I filed a formal complaint and, having not received a response, I recently followed up with the mayor and city council.

Here is the response I received:

While I am glad to see that the department seemingly is taking things seriously, there’s one serious catch. The catch is that I never received a response from the city’s previous investigation, which involved a member of the Professional Responsibility Unit lying, in writing, to other officers.

In other words, I’m hardly reassured.

At this point, I’m going to give it a few more days before beginning legal action against the city. While I have had a good relationship with a number of city officials over the years, I am not willing to turn a blind eye to improper conduct by the police department.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Proof of Biased Policing at Alexandria and Lying by SGT. Alvarez

More than a month before Dysfunctional Bob’s farewell, I requested a police detail while out protesting. Such details are routinely provided to protesters.

I was ignored for four weeks, despite:

- Two emails to Sgt. Nick Lions
- Three phone calls to Nick Lions.
- One email to the city manager.
- Two emails to Sgt. Patricio Alvarez.

Meanwhile, contrary to Sgt. Alvarez’s written assertions to other police officials, I had learned from the police department that a detail already had been approved for the church. Tellingly, records of that request were improperly omitted from my subsequent FOIA request.

Finally, I filed a biased policing complaint, alleging that I am entitled to the same police services as any other citizen. At that point, the city backtracked and pulled the church’s detail, saying instead it would generally provide officers in the area during Dysfunctional Bob’s farewell. 

Subsequently, I filed my FOIA request, only to receive written confirmation that SGT Alvarez WAS trying to engage in biased policing. 

In his email below, he cites his concern that providing me a detail would be seen as helping me violate the current protective order. 

That raises the question: SGT Alvarez is a bright guy. I’ve spoken to him directly. So how does having a police presence at a protest have anything to do with Bob Malm’s false claims he’s been threatened? Moreover, for the record, Alvarez’s assertion that the police department had not told me about Grace’s security is a bold-faced lie and an effort to cover his sorry butt. Alvarez himself is the person who told me that, and he did so during a phone conversation on his city-issued phone. And I an happy to supply my phone records to prove it.

It is a sorry state of affairs when a SGT in the police department:

1. Does not understand First Amendment rights and falsely suggests that exercising that right somehow threatens someone
2. Does not understand the need to keep security details confidential.
3. Lies to fellow officers to cover his ass.
4. Apparently serves as part of the department’s internal affairs unit.

Next up: Bob Malm email to Bishop Goff.