An attorney for fired San Antonio police officer Matthew Luckhurst, who allegedly tried to feed dog excrement to a homeless person, said he’s “confident that in arbitration” the former officer would win back his job, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Fired officers who appeal to outside arbitrators often win back their jobs. In the past seven years in San Antonio, five of 13 rulings were reduced or overturned by arbitrators on appeal, and all five were initially terminations.
Luckhurst, after the dog-excrement incident, pulled another sick, scatalogical prank: He smeared tapioca pudding on a toilet in the women’s restroom of the downtown bike-patrol office — a gag that so disgusted a pregnant female officer she became ill, the source said. “Firing this officer was the right thing to do,” said Mayor Ivy Taylor, referring to the excrement charge. “His actions were a betrayal of every value we have in our community, and he is not representative of our great police force.