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Officer faces charges after he allegedly beat lesbian
Dallas Voice ^ | Aug 3rd, 2007 | Elizabeth White

Posted on 08/05/2007 12:38:45 PM PDT by Daffynition

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio police have opened an internal affairs investigation into the behavior of a veteran officer accused of using a racial slur and beating a lesbian woman who asked him to put out his cigar at a community pool.

Tamara Vaughan, 18, said her jaw was pushed in and she still cannot open it far after an attack by Detective Keith Alfaro, 35, who was off-duty.

Vaughan was hospitalized. She has bruises on her arm that she says are from Alfaro and estimates he hit her 25 times, including putting his forearm on her throat and choking her.

Alfaro was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault and evading and resisting arrest.

Ed Shaughnessy, an attorney for Alfaro, said the case is pending before a grand jury and that Alfaro has not been formally indicted.

“Hopefully he won’t be,” Shaughnessy said. He added that his client maintains his innocence but would not elaborate.

The July 22 incident happened at the pool at the housing subdivision where Vaughan lives with her grandmother, aunt and uncle and cousins.

According to a written statement signed by Vaughan, she was at the pool with four cousins when the smoke from Alfaro’s cigar began to bother her. When she asked Alfaro, who was on the phone, to put it out, they got into a verbal fight.

Vaughan’s statement said Alfaro then used the N-word against Vaughan, who is black, and made comments about Vaughan’s appearance, saying “You wanna look like a man, I’m gonna treat you like a man.”

Vaughan said she was wearing swimming trunks and a T-shirt at the pool. Vaughan, who is a lesbian, said Tuesday, July 31, she believes Alfaro was attacking her sexual orientation.

Alfaro then allegedly hit Vaughan, who fell to the ground. She said he continued to hit her and then laid on top of her, placing his arm across her neck to choke her. After he stopped, she said she tried to get up but that he then started hitting her again.

During the altercation, Vaughan said her 15-year-old cousin jumped on Alfaro’s back to pull him off of her. Afterward, Vaughan’s cousin was yelling at Alfaro, who allegedly responded, “I don’t speak ghetto. I don’t understand Ebonics. Speak English.”

The incident is being investigated by Bexar County, since it happened outside city limits.

Alfaro’s has been placed on administrative duty during the police internal affairs investigation, police Sgt. Gabe Trevino said.

Vaughan and her father met with San Antonio Police Chief William McManus Tuesday, but said they won’t be satisfied until Alfaro is off the force. “The officer at the end of the day got paid for beating me,” Vaughan said. “I would love for him to be suspended. Fired. Something. But suspended for right now would be fine.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
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To: Caramelgal

I think “anger management problems” was a good call, based on the other news sources we’ve seen.


51 posted on 08/05/2007 4:14:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick (All the main characters die, and then the Prince of Norway delivers the Epilogue.)
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To: Daffynition

In this thread: People who think JBT’s are grrrrrreat when they beat up on people we don’t like.


52 posted on 08/05/2007 4:15:21 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Daffynition
Tamara Vaughan, 18, said her jaw was pushed in and she still cannot open it

Sounds like a workman's comp-type issue, as well.

53 posted on 08/05/2007 4:29:55 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: phil1750

Why do you think Hillary Clinton has the Secret Service protecting her?


54 posted on 08/05/2007 4:34:22 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Daffynition

Cha-Ching ping!


55 posted on 08/05/2007 4:50:19 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: phil1750

It’s a gay/lesbian oriented newspaper.”
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Nuff said.


56 posted on 08/05/2007 5:32:51 PM PDT by cowdog77 (" Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: Tax-chick

I’ll bet he was fighting for his life against an overwhelming foe.


57 posted on 08/05/2007 5:47:44 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Will some genius please invent beer containers, that self destruct ten seconds after being emptied?)
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To: Xenalyte

$5 says if you had video of her making the charges that immobile jaw was flappin in the breeze quite freely.


58 posted on 08/05/2007 6:42:11 PM PDT by festus (I'm a fRedneck and proud of it.)
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To: fr_freak

Please read the article again. He hit her in the face and was also choking her.

There is no need to embellish....understand that. The pictures that were taken by the police proves her injuries.

Speaking of telling lies... seems like the Police officer had more to hide. That is why he ran home and barricaded himself in the house for a day before he turned himself in. Does that sound like a Police Officer that was justified in his actions????


59 posted on 08/06/2007 6:36:33 AM PDT by m1230
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To: CTOCS

she has a lot of brusies on her arm, face, neck and a swollen jaw, where did you get your info, look at the pictures! that was so wrong


60 posted on 08/06/2007 7:37:43 AM PDT by wes512
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To: Tax-chick

so in that case he will be indicted, you think? their was alot of brusies and swollen jaw, I saw them my self, does that mean HE WILL GET INDICTED, HUMMMMMM!


61 posted on 08/06/2007 7:41:52 AM PDT by wes512
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To: Willow25

wow, thier are other witness, another older lady was going to tell him the same , but tamara beat her to it, i guess he might beat up on that old lady that was their and was about to tell him the same thing.


62 posted on 08/06/2007 7:42:18 AM PDT by wes512
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To: yorkie

tamara has asma’(spelling) her and her nephew. plus their is a sign that says ‘no smoking’!


63 posted on 08/06/2007 7:42:25 AM PDT by wes512
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To: Tax-chick

we asked if they could take a drug test incase if he was on drugs or high


64 posted on 08/06/2007 7:46:40 AM PDT by wes512
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To: Xenalyte

pushed back up into her umm, im not a dentist, cavity, her upper teeth route, humm, what would u call it?


65 posted on 08/06/2007 7:49:19 AM PDT by wes512
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To: digitalbrownshirt

i went to the meeting and he is getting paid but working at a desk, tamara is not working and not getting paid.


66 posted on 08/06/2007 7:49:34 AM PDT by wes512
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To: wes512

You joined today just to post all this?

Bless your heart.


67 posted on 08/06/2007 7:53:59 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: eyedigress

yes it was stupid, i saw and read the article ,i saw her jaw , i saw her brusies


68 posted on 08/06/2007 7:55:09 AM PDT by wes512
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To: Scotsman will be Free

he thought his boy from sa. was going to be comming out, instead it was the other county that came out, so ran into his house and looked the door and talked to the cop thru a window, then he turned his self in the next day.


69 posted on 08/06/2007 7:55:25 AM PDT by wes512
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To: Tax-chick
That’s a possibility. However, the article says she was hospitalized, so there will be information on her condition to be presented to the grand jury. If he’s not indicted, that would indicate the evidence was inadequate to support the charges.

I have no personal knowledge about this case, but a non-indictment could also mean the prosecutor doesn't want one.

70 posted on 08/06/2007 8:01:22 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Daffynition
Tamara Vaughan, 18, said her jaw was pushed in and she still cannot open it far after an attack by Detective Keith Alfaro, 35, who was off-duty.

Assuming the story is accurate, the cop should be prosecuted.

That said, can her "partner" sue for loss of consortium

71 posted on 08/06/2007 8:16:39 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: wes512

Thank you, that is informative. We had no information other than what was contained in the article.


72 posted on 08/06/2007 8:39:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (All the main characters die, and then the Prince of Norway delivers the Epilogue.)
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To: CTOCS

She was hospitalized. That means her injuries were serious enough that the ER doc admitted her. If you want to retract your assumption that she didn’t have a mark on her, now would be the time.


73 posted on 08/06/2007 8:39:59 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: m1230
Please read the article again. He hit her in the face and was also choking her.

There is no need to embellish....understand that. The pictures that were taken by the police proves her injuries.


No - you read the article again. The original article that is the source of this thread had no pictures, and had no proof of what this guy did other than a quote of her allegations. If you have found further articles with more information, then that's fantastic. However, I still say that there is no way he hit her 25 times as she claimed because if he had, she'd be dead or in a coma. Since she's not, I'll assume he didn't really "hit" her. It sounds like he did actually assault her in some way, but I do not know why she would feel the need to claim something that obviously isn't true.
74 posted on 08/06/2007 12:04:06 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak

I’m guessing you’ve never been in a fight before if you think 25 hits equals a coma or death. I’ve been on both ends of some severe beatings and never got worse than a few dozen stitches. I did put a guy in the hospital, but he was released the same day with a mild concussion. Hitting with a closed fist is worse than an open hand, but it’s still hitting a woman either way. The guy is a gutless punk.


75 posted on 08/06/2007 2:20:06 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: wes512

Thanks for the information.


76 posted on 08/06/2007 2:22:51 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: wes512
Certainly it was wrong. He should have just blown a cloud of smoke in her face and ignored her.

77 posted on 08/06/2007 2:42:51 PM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: William Terrell

That’s right. She was a queer and he was a cop so anything he does is perfectly okay. Hope you remember that if you ever get beat down for asking somebody to not smoke in a non-smoking area.


78 posted on 08/06/2007 2:51:47 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: digitalbrownshirt
I really don't care if someone smokes in any area, allowed or not allowed. If I did, I would go to the local authority for the venue, since I have no authority there, being just a user or customer like everyone else.

The young lady probably learned a valuable lesson: life is not like the movies. You get in someones face with lip (as is ubiquitous in film stories) they are not likely to follow the expected script.

79 posted on 08/06/2007 3:04:34 PM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: William Terrell

It’s too bad she didn’t have a CCW. The ending certainly wouldn’t have been like a movie.


80 posted on 08/06/2007 3:42:49 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: wes512
I still think there is more to this story than what is reported..Who cares if it was a lesbian why do they have to mention that..I have never seen an article that says someone beat up a straight guy..It was a person that got beat up or maybe not who knows and how do we know you were there..Just asking questions I would like to know..You see I know some great police officers and none of them beat up on women these guys risk their lives all day every day to take care of us..I have so much respect for them just like I have respect for our young men and women in the military..
81 posted on 08/06/2007 4:03:47 PM PDT by Willow25
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To: digitalbrownshirt
I’m guessing you’ve never been in a fight before if you think 25 hits equals a coma or death. I’ve been on both ends of some severe beatings and never got worse than a few dozen stitches.

Are you an 18 year old girl, getting in fist fights with a grown man who, presumably as a policeman, knows how to deliver a punch? If not, then what are you bringing that up for?

If you're a guy, I'm guessing you've never gotten into a fight with someone who knew what the hell they were doing. Supposedly this guy had her pinned down and hit her 25 times. I don't claim to be a ninja bad-ass or anything, but if I get 25 good shots in on someone, stitches will be the least of their worries. That's why I find it hard to believe that he actually punched or hit her. If she meant that he slapped her around, why didn't she just say that? Why embellish it? Either way the guy goes to jail, so why lie?
82 posted on 08/06/2007 5:24:45 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Daffynition
Off duty male cops beating kinky lesbians around the pool?

Community pools are so multiculti, everyone bathing in the same water...Urp....

83 posted on 08/06/2007 5:35:04 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: lentulusgracchus

Unless she put her hands on him first, does it matter?


84 posted on 08/06/2007 5:37:23 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

There usually is. Time & evidence will tell.


85 posted on 08/06/2007 5:41:01 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: dfwgator

Exactly


86 posted on 08/06/2007 5:41:36 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: Daffynition
However, if you strip away occupation, race and sexual preference, is it OK for a man to hit a woman?

A woman? ABSOLUTELY.
A lady? no.

87 posted on 08/06/2007 5:43:35 PM PDT by MrEdd (Keeping my foot on the necks of liberals since 1980.)
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To: digitalbrownshirt
Fortunately she didn't or she would killed another human being that was reacting in a nonlife threatening (even though painful) way over her attempt to make that human being toe her line.

We know that the motive was to "toe her line" because, even though there was a no smoking rule in the area, if she didn't think cigar smoke smelled bad she wouldn't have said anything or went to the area authority.

I still think the best thing would have blown a cloud of smoke in her face and ignored her.

88 posted on 08/06/2007 6:33:44 PM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: Daffynition
Good luck, Ms. Vaughan. Unfortunately, Monsters in the System get off. A friend of mine--a Gulf War veteran, retired cop, and disabled to boot--was once physically attacked and beaten by three off-duty police officers. Did Internal Affairs do anything? A resounding NO. A school administrator in Delaware verbally abuses several children, traumatizing them with her tirades. She should lose her social workers' license and be fired and never be allowed to work anywhere near children again. Did that happen? NO. There is no enforcement mechanism when monsters in the system step out of line and abuse their power....and they know it. There are NO consequences for them, since their buddies in the system will cover up and lie for them.

It will be a long road to justice for this woman, if she ever gets it.

89 posted on 08/06/2007 6:44:49 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: Sue Perkick
Unless she put her hands on him first, does it matter?

Yeah, it does.


90 posted on 08/07/2007 10:52:23 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: lentulusgracchus

And yet he is the one charged with aggravated assault and evading and resisting arrest. Doesn’t sound like someone defending themselves. I still think there’s more to this story. I’m waiting for actual evidence either way. But if it was ONLY because he was “mad” or because she’s a lesbian he was way out of line & deserves to be punished.


91 posted on 08/07/2007 11:03:51 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: kcvl

Since this thread involves legal proceedings...GUILTY!

92 posted on 08/09/2007 5:55:34 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: rlmorel

see, he was guilty, he was fired from the police , now he faces the grand jury, hope he gets locked up,


93 posted on 10/01/2007 12:43:44 PM PDT by wes512
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To: wes512

Now THAT’S what I call a long range ping...:)


94 posted on 10/01/2007 2:27:39 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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