One of the best parts of being a citizen journalist is when you run into people like Sheriff's Deputy and Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) Corporal Khigh Pease of Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas, a guy who was made for the job, loves it and bends over backwards to do it well, even when impeded by department corruption from the top down. We talked to the Deputy about his being canceled and what this kind of corruption is doing to County employees and as a consequence, the citizens of San Antonio and the County. Pay attention, Bexar County residents! Elections have consequences!
Another canceled law enforcement employee in Bexar County Texas blows the whistle
We first got wind of how bad things are in law enforcement in San Antonio when Lieutenant Roxanne Mathai spoke to us about her being canceled for trumped up cause. (See below for Related article.) Now there's a second canceled whistleblower.
In his five years plus of service before being dismissed without due process, Sheriff's Deputy Khigh Pease of Bexar Country had served under two different sheriffs, one that provided the kind of leadership that made his job a pleasure to serve in and another that made his job a living hell. His experience is that black and white. It's remarkable and points to how aggressively the globalists through their hired mercenaries - mostly Democrat, but RINOs backing them up too - have pursued a destruction of American cities to bring this nation to its knees. Americans are not tolerating this and are pushing back. This is America!
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Published Nov 10, 2021
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Franz Glaus 0:01Hello, everyone, this is Franz at Ruby Ray Media and I'm very glad to welcome to this program Khigh Pease from San Antonio. He's a sheriff's deputy, dismissed, actually, and we'll get into that. Khigh, thank you for joining us here. I wanted to ask you, if you would introduce yourself to our audience, let us know what's in your background? What led you to join the sheriff's department in Bexar County?
Khigh Pease 0:34
Hello, thanks for having me. I'm originally from New York, I started going to law enforcement because of my older brother, he is NYPD of 13 years. So I wanted to follow in those footsteps but I also wanted to become independent and I moved out here to Texas with my brother. And from there, I was in the sheriff's office, been there for five years, two months, before I was dismissed. And I was a corporal on the SERT team, which is S-E-R-T, the Special Emergency Response Team. And we handle situations such as if the officer needs assistance, assaults, homicides, occasionally if a riot happens inside the jail or inthe street, we're the first to respond to those situations. So I wanted to pursue that career field as well as transfer into the streets.
Franz Glaus 1:24
And in your mind, is this something you were going to do indefinitely, as long as you could? Did you enjoy your work?
Khigh Pease 1:36
I love my work, I love going to work every day. I loved it. It was something to look forward to, I found rewarding. And just to see you actually making a change, even if it's someone that was incarcerated, or detained temporarily for a court case, knowing that you can possibly have an effect on their life, changing them, just someone to talk to if they need that person. You are actually making a change when you don't really realize it at the end of the day.
Franz Glaus 2:03
Yeah. So back in January, you were basically dismissed. It had taken months in a process and it's quite convoluted. But I wonder if you could share with us, what was the pretext for your being dismissed? How that was used to dismiss you? If you could start from day one where that happened, I think that was in April, right? Of 2020?
Khigh Pease 2:38
Yes, April 2020.
Franz Glaus 2:40
Yeah. So, tell us how that happened?
Khigh Pease 2:43
So, it happened April 19, 2020. An incident within the jail. My SERT team leader assaulted an inmate on my body camera. Later on (in that episode) they (the inmate) became a little more physically resistant, where I had to, you know, place him against the wall. And later on that was it. The administrative staff said it was excessive force which it wasn't. But you know, they're going with what their beliefs are.
Franz Glaus 3:52
So as I recall, you were actually trying to control the situation in jail with this inmate or was it an inmate that was being processed into the jail?
Khigh Pease 4:05
He was already processed. There was a situation called the Code 2 when we have to respond to that situation and if the officer needs assistance. That's what the situation was. He was already fully restrained and everything handcuffs and leg irons.
Franz Glaus 4:21
So he was an unruly prisoner.
Khigh Pease 4:24
Yes, he was just using profanity towards staff. That was really it.
Franz Glaus 4:29
And the person, the SERT officer that was with you kind of got impatient with him and gave him a slap upside the head.
Khigh Pease 4:39
Yes. He gave him a slap on the back of the head and told him to shut the eff up.
Franz Glaus 4:43
Shut the eff up because he was being out of line.
Khigh Pease 4:47
Franz Glaus 4:48
He's not supposed to do that because especially when they're restrained with irons and everything. And so the professional says, Okay, yeah, let him talk. But he was obviously twirked a little bit. And then so further down the line, I mean, you're not hitting him, you're not doing anything.
Khigh Pease 5:12
Franz Glaus 5:12
But, further down the line, this...So this person is already unruly, he's gotten a slap, he's gotten a shot, and somebody said something.
Khigh Pease 5:25
He hears the sergeant and the team leader talking behind me and the inmate. And he says, They were saying, No one touched him, no one used any force. That triggered the inmate, he pulls away from me, that's when I have to place him chest first to the wall. We can't step on their leg irons because that's a violation of our policy. We cannot do that. So I'm 6'3" about 300 pounds plus with gear on and he's about six foot, 300 pounds. It's not gonna be a smooth ride, it's gonna be a little messy but there's no intention of causing harm to him. It's just to regain control.
Franz Glaus 6:01
Yes, yeah. And that happened, right?
Khigh Pease 6:05
Franz Glaus 6:06
Okay. So did you have to file reports and all that? I mean, what was the outcome? You got the prisoner where he was meant to go. All was taken care of. Did you realize that there would be any consequences to all that? Did that all get reported? What happened?
Khigh Pease 6:26
So we went to internal affairs for the SERT team leader who slapped the inmate. They tried to accuse me of two infractions but I was cleared from that by the internal affairs. So they cleared me of any wrongdoing. Later on, that's when I got the administrative leave on January 23rd.
Franz Glaus 6:48
So, that's like almost a year. I mean, it's nine months later?
Khigh Pease 6:53
Franz Glaus 6:55
Have you ever heard of that? If you're cleared by internal investigations, like it shows no wrongdoing, how is it that almost a year later, three quarters of a year later, you're now being reprimanded or proposed for dismissal? Is that what it was?
Khigh Pease 7:14
Yes, I was served with proposed dismissal paperwork, I would say possibly around July, after 100 days. They have 180 days to determine something any disciplinary action. So they served me eight days later with a proposed dismissal. And I saw within my paperwork, there was another investigation that I was unaware of. According to our due process rights, we're supposed to be notified about that and called back in to make statements for all the allegations. I was never served that. We brought it up to our administration and we showed them that I was never called in. And they continued with the process (outside of due process.)
Franz Glaus 8:30
Okay. So, no due process, really lengthy gaps, violations of, I mean, contradictory to process that had taken place, the internal investigation process had taken place. This was contradictory to it. It's sort of like, Okay, we're gonna make it up anyway.
Khigh Pease 9:01
Franz Glaus 9:01
So, I just have to wonder, you know, an observer would have to say, Well, it sounds like somebody's got it in for you. Is that what it feels like to you?
Khigh Pease 9:11
I feel like that's what it is, especially due to the shortage of the staff situation. When we had FNRs which is Forced No Reliefs. We already have mandatory overtime and forced mandatory overtime, and now they came up with FNR. FNR is pretty much when you are scheduled for like 7am or 3pm or 11pm. You get a last minute call saying, You don't have a relief, you're gonna stay another shift. And most people, we have childcare issues. I had a childcare issue where I have to go pick up my daughters after work in the morning. And if you refuse to stay, you're subject for disciplinary action. It could be from reprimands, counsellings, suspensions, possibly termination.
Franz Glaus 10:05
So, if they don't want you to do what you need to do at home, they can impose that on you and really wreck your family life if they want.
Khigh Pease 10:19
Franz Glaus 10:20
So, how does that serve the sheriff's department to do this to employees? I don't get it.
Khigh Pease 10:28
Honestly, I do not even understand it myself. Because you need, if you're a leader, you need to, you know, support your officers or deputies, and try to do what's best for them to boost morale. And that's, to me, that is the biggest morale killer, right there.
Franz Glaus 10:44
Wasn't that your experience with the previous sheriff?
Khigh Pease 10:48
The previous sheriff, Susan Pomerlo, when I was there, I only had her for about one, maybe half a term or half the remainder of her term. But she was good. I mean, if something happened, she actually came and talked to us. And we only stayed one day of overtime, which was mandatory overtime, which no one really minded at all. They didn't mind staying one day out of the week, or one day every other week. And overtime has been a problem for years from when I was informed, it's been a problem for years. So, I have sergeants who've been there for 31 years, and they've never seen it get to this point before in their lives.
Franz Glaus 11:28
Oh. So this is what we heard from Lieutenant Mathai.
Khigh Pease 11:34
Franz Glaus 11:35
And she was a colleague of yours, too, right? I mean, but, different departments. She's in detention. But you would sometimes help out with that, as you've described that incident, Now what kind of work, what kind of environments did you typically find yourself in on a day to day basis. I mean, you weren't on patrol or anything. What were you doing?
Khigh Pease 11:57
No. I was on the patrol list before I got placed on administrative leave.
Franz Glaus 12:01
Khigh Pease 12:02
On a day to day basis, to when it's gotten to this point, now, I would work on lockdown unit, sometimes by myself until they found an officer to come help. Or we would have a temp jailer or now they're called recruits. And they're not really, they're not allowed to do anything, just "sit in the thicket." Just sit there while we do everything.
Franz Glaus 13:20
It just sounds like a mess. You know, with Lieutenant Mathai we went over how, like you touched on, the personnel was insufficient, was below Texas Jail Standards. And she mentioned how the sheriff had brought on people to be chiefs who came out of Texas Jail Standards and were apparently and allegedly falsely reporting the jail running at jail standards when it couldn't be worse.
Khigh Pease 14:02
Oh, yes, that is definitely correct. And to top that off, we actually have a chief from jail standards, Jennifer Shumaki. She's from Justin and now she's one of the chiefs for BCS, which is a conflict of interest in my opinion right there.
Franz Glaus 14:21
Sounds like it. Something's smelling in Denmark there my friend. Um, what we've covered, what we want to talk about, I wonder if you have something you want to tell our viewers you know, people might be watching this from the San Antonio area, obviously, you know, this is going to be shared as widely as possible. I suppose you'd want people to see this so they could be informed properly. What would you have to say to them to wrap this up?
Khigh Pease 14:57
I want the people of San Antonio and Bexar County to see what transparency is and see who they have as the sheriff who's sworn to protect them. The fact that deputies are afraid to speak up shows a lot. They're afraid of retaliation. They're afraid to say anything. They're afraid of the work environment. But they feel they can't do anything. And I feel that me and Lieutenant Mathias, were speaking up because we want to see that change within the sheriff's office. It's a great place to work. But with the leadership, it doesn't help. So I want the people to see and know what's really going on inside that sheriff's office.
Franz Glaus 15:41
Yeah. Now, is there somewhere, they can keep up to what's going on? I mean, other than just, you know, knowing what we're going to put here. What if people really want to get involved? What do they do?
Khigh Pease 16:00
I feel they can just go to public records and request certain things on officers that were previously arrested off of allegations. They were cleared but are not allowed to come back to work. And they can see that they want to pull up their cases, there's ways to find that out. And there are still some of them trying to come back to work. But with the sheriff, he won't allow that. So they can find out things like that. That's also a contribution to our staff shortage.
Franz Glaus 16:28
Lieutenant Mathai said something about 18,19 year olds being hired for the jail, and they could be good if they've got the makeup, but most of them are gone in a month and the best ones, maybe three months, and they just can't handle that, I mean, they're too young and they don't have the real world experience to deal with that kind of thing and it just sounds like a mess.
Khigh Pease 18:59
Yes thank you. Thanks for having me.
We spoke again to Roxanne Mathai, highly respected former Detention Lieutenant at Bexar County Jail in downtown San Antonio, Texas. It's been a few months since we talked with Roxanne about being canceled by her Trump-hating Sheriff for attending the January 6 gathering of American patriots in Washington, DC.
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