Confirmation: You can not discipline "Minorities"
San Diego police Sgt. Martha Sainz, who was accused of physically attacking a subordinate officer in front of children at a camp in August, has prevailed in her appeal to keep her job.
During a private hearing recently, Sainz gave her side of the story and convinced Assistant Chief Joel Bryden that his initial decision to fire her was too harsh, said sources familiar with the case. Bryden converted the firing to a reprimand.
Sainz is fighting the reprimand and seeking a promotion to lieutenant, which she believes was unfairly withheld because of the controversy surrounding the camp incident, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because personnel matters are confidential.
Bryden and Chief William Lansdowne declined to comment. Neither Sainz nor her husband, San Diego police Officer Jim Stevens, returned calls seeking comment. Her lawyer, Donovan Jacobs, also declined to comment.
Sainz's father-in-law, retired San Diego police Lt. Ed Stevens, reviewed the Internal Affairs report on the incident and pointed out problems that helped Sainz's case, according to the sources.
Stevens confirmed this week that he read the report but declined to say more. â€œAll everybody wanted from the get-go was fair play and justice,â€� he said.
Sainz has been on maternity leave and it's unclear when she will return or what her assignment will be, the sources said.
Sainz was served with papers in January indicating that she was being terminated in connection with the incident at a safety-patrol camp for sixth-graders on Palomar Mountain.
Witnesses told The San Diego Union-Tribune that Sainz reacted badly when she unwittingly sat on a wet sponge in front of scores of campers and realized she had been the victim of a prank.
The witnesses said Sainz attacked the subordinate officer, Stacee Botsford, putting her in a headlock, punching and choking her. Botsford, who was not seriously injured, did not return calls seeking comment.
After the incident, Sainz, a 14-year veteran, was temporarily reassigned from her post in the Juvenile Administration Unit to an administrative post in the domestic violence squad.
Under the department's disciplinary system, firings are not effective until appeals within the department are exhausted.
DOESN'T HURT TO BE CONNECTED,EITHER.
My point is that IF a Man--especially a Caucasian male had struck another officer, he would have been charged with a FELONY. FELONY= 1. You are Fired. 2.
Can never carry a gun again. 3. Lose right to vote.
What this female minority ( Sainz= Hispanic surname) did was an assault on someone she KNEW was a police officer.
But, if you are a double minority and "Connected", you can do it and get promoted.