Hours after a veteran San Antonio officer shot and killed a homeless man waving a scissors blade, Police Chief William McManus asked the Washington, D.C.-based Police Executive Research Forum to review the department’s high-risk policies, reports the San Antonio Express-News. McManus has come under increasing pressure from community rights activists angry at a spate of alleged police abuse cases, including a dozen men and women who claimed they were illegally strip-searched and an 18-year-old woman who said she was assaulted by an off-duty detective. This year, police have shot seven people, killing four. Two others died after struggles with officers.
If approved, the review is scheduled to be finished next February and would cost up to $70,000. Civil rights activists welcomed the planned review but expressed concern over the diversity of the police group, saying they would prefer a board not composed of police officers. “They are all either ex-chiefs of police or police officers,” said Rosa Rosales of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “(We’ve) always been looking for independence.” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said there have been 49 complaints this year related to allegations of inappropriate use of force. Dallas has recorded 46 complaints and Houston 57.