Last Friday, Gilbert Flores was shot and killed by Bexar County deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez outside of his home in San Antonio, Texas.
Speaking at a press conference Friday evening, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau addressed the shooting:
“Earlier today, deputies were called to a home for a domestic disturbance. And when they arrived they found a woman, who had suffered a cut on her head, and a baby, an 18-month-old child who appeared to have possibly been injured.
“Two deputies attempted to arrest the individual and he resisted. They also tried to use non-lethal weapons to try to detain him and after a lengthy confrontation both deputies fired shots causing the man’s death.”
Pamerleau also alluded to the existence of a video of the shooting, which was subsequently published, unedited, to the website of KSAT 12 News.
The video, seemingly at odds with Pamerleau’s version of events, shows a shirtless Flores motioning to surrender moments before Vasquez and Sanchez opened fire.
Understandably, its publication is something of an inconvenience for local authorities. In a Facebook post on Monday, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office did not hold back:
Today, members of our local media chose to broadcast online unedited video of a man’s death. KSAT 12 paid a neighbor who filmed the tragedy $100 for the exclusive rights to the video. As a result, people from outside our community have bombarded us with inappropriate comments, and today, physical threats toward our deputies. These deputies have not been charged with a crime and a family lost their loved one. This is unethical and sad. Call KSAT and let them know what you think – (210) 351-1277. If you agree, let the local media know this sort of sensational behavior doesn’t fly in Bexar County.
Bexar County authorities wish to make clear that any deviation from the official narrative will not be tolerated.
Shame on KSAT 12 News for its ruthless exploitation of this tragic yet completely unavoidable series of events (for no less than one hundred bucks!).
Journalists need to be told that this sort of “sensational behavior” leaves law enforcement officials vulnerable to “inappropriate comments.”
Help end this sad and unethical practice now by calling 1800-GOOD-COP. Let the local media know that this shit just won’t fly in Bexar County.