But both Elmer “Smiley” Williams and Ernest Espinoza, two of the commissioners on the three-member board tasked this summer with reviewing the recruiting and hiring process, brought up the rule even though no changes were recommended...Yeah.
About the rule against admitting anyone with a history of family violence, Williams said: “This rule doesn't give any flexibility. We need to have some latitude.”
The chief, he said, should be able to decide whether someone deserves a second chance...
Espinoza, however, repeatedly brought up a real appeal to the commission by a man deemed unsuitable because he admitted to slapping his wife once to end an argument.
Hood said he didn't want anyone on the department who admitted to “slapping his wife around.”
“It was one slap,” Espinoza said. “It's not exactly slapping your wife around.”
I've never been involved in a violent relationship. I have far more female family members than I'd like to admit to who have been, though. Things have changed recently, but the rule that "if you leave a mark, you get arrested" is new. I've seen relatives who found it impossible to get the police to take seriously legitimate claims of domestic violence.
Seems that Ernest Espinoza is a member of the old guard. At best.