A former Texas police officer who was canned for repeatedly punching a handcuffed pregnant woman is attempting to get her job back, according to local reports.
Body-worn digicam video exhibits ex-San Antonio Police Officer Elizabeth Montoya punching a handcuffed Kimberly Esparza a number of occasions within the face throughout a July 2018 arrest, the San Antonio Police Department stated.
She was fired in January 2019 for inhumane remedy of a suspect throughout an arrest.
Montoya is at the moment going via a third-party arbitration course of in an try to get her job back, in addition to obtain backpay and advantages.
As a part of the arbitration listening to, cops testified that on the night time of the arrest, Montoya searched Esparza whereas investigating a house that had been burglarized, the San Antonio Express News reported Wednesday .
Officer body-worn video exhibits Esparza telling Montoya she was six months pregnant.
“Six months pregnant and you’re out here doing this,” Montoya tells Esparza, after discovering what gave the impression to be a capsule in Esparza’s bra, the video exhibits.
Montoya tells Esparza she wants to go looking between her legs, and Esparza responds she doesn’t need Montoya to go looking her as a result of she’s in ache from the being pregnant.
“You’re hurting my back,” Esparza says as Montoya continues looking her.
“Are you going to stop?” Montoya asks, as Esparza kicks and screams.
“If you kick me again, I will break your arm,” Montoya warns.
Esparza kicks Montoya a second time as officers attempt to place her within the back of a police unit, based on the video.
Montoya then punches Esparza within the face a number of occasions and one other officer tries to cease Montoya.
“I’m pregnant, dude. Why did you hit me like that,” Esparza says.
“Stop acting like you’re worried about your f–king baby. You’re not worried about your baby if you’re taking drugs while you’re pregnant,” Montoya says.
During the arbitration course of, inner affairs investigators with the San Antonio Police Department stated that Montoya lied about what number of occasions she hit Esparza. Montoya additionally muted her physique digicam, according to WOAI.
Montoya’s legal professional, Robert Leonard, requested throughout arbitration that Montoya be rehired and punished one other approach, based on the San Antonio Express News.
“Regardless of the city’s position that the incident captured on video looks bad, when you peel back the layers and look at the underlying facts and circumstances in this case, you will see that … she was acting within training. She was acting within policy.”
Leonard couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
The San Antonio Police Union president testified Thursday that Montoya was by no means provided different coaching or retraining earlier than her termination.
Since being axed by the San Antonio Police Department, Montoya has been employed by the Elmendorf Police Department, one other division within the San Antonio space.