Bexar Deputy Fired, Charged With Beating Jail Inmate

A rookie Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy has been fired and arrested on charges that he beat an inmate at the county jail, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Sheriff Javier Salazar says Garrett Flores, 30, reported in April that the inmate had attacked him, but Salazar says it didn't take long for that story to fall apart.

"A supervisor was reviewing video of the incident, which is our protocol, and it turned out that video completely contradicted the deputy's accounts of what had occurred," Salazar said.

He says the video showed Flores repeatedly punching the inmate for no apparent reason.  He says he doesn't know why Flores did it.

He says Flores was fired, and overnight he was arrested on a charge of official oppression.

"We are sending a clear message that misconduct will not be tolerated," Salazar said.

This is the second time this month Salazar has called out his own officers for misconduct.  Earlier this month, he suspended several deputies for participating in a hazing incident involving department handcuffs and a Taser.

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