San Antonio Police Chief: ‘They give us a big F.U. And I’m sick of it’

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Police Chief William McManus recently lost one officer to a shooting that also injured another. He simply cannot understand all the hate directed toward police, reported Dallas News.

“I’m angry at the police haters, I’m sick of the police haters,” he said. “We protect them. We defend them. And they give us a big F.U. And I’m sick of it.”

McManus and other officers met Saturday with the public at a monthly public outreach event. The scheduled event came one day after Officer Miguel Moreno died of injuries suffered in a shootout.

On Thursday, two officers who were responding to a report of a suspicious person were shot as they got out of a patrol car.

Moreno was struck in the head, and Officer Julio Cavazos was hit in the chin, according to the chief.

Tragically, Moreno died the next day, and Cavazos remains in serious condition.

Chief McManus said the shooter, 34-year-old Andrew Bice, fatally shot himself in the head after hitting both officers.

Bice had a lengthy criminal history in multiple states. Over a span of nine years he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Louisiana nine times on more than 30 charges, including kidnapping and burglary, according to Dallas News. In Bexar County, Texas Bice was convicted of three charges, including assault causing bodily injury to a family member.

Bice’s girlfriend told the Express-News that “he just had a substance abuse problem, but he’s not a cop killer.”

Well, tell that to Officer Moreno’s family. They would beg to differ.

McManus called body camera footage of the attack the worst, most unprovoked assault he’s ever seen, WFAA-TV reported.

“The cold and calculated way that this individual shot and killed Officer Moreno and seriously wounded Officer Cavazos was incredible,” he said. “I have never seen such evil, such calculation and such intent in a situation like that. I don’t know how that much evil can get into one person.”

McManus warned officers to “expect the worst” and then to “de-escalate from there.”

“The haters will say that, you know, that we mistreat people or, you know, ‘You were rude to me’ or ‘You were mean to me, you were this to me, you were that to me,’ ” he said.

“How do you approach somebody on guard, on alert, knowing that something could happen to you without maybe somebody feeling like you’re not being friendly enough? But that’s why.”

You can certainly understand the chief’s perspective. No long ago, SAPD Det. Benjamin Marconi was ambushed and killed while writing a traffic citation. After a 30-hour-manhunt police arrested the man accused of executing him.

So burying another officer senselessly killed can be burdensome, not to mention a surviving officer is trying to recover from his wounds.

The words spoken by Chief McManus are echoed by so many law enforcement officers around the country. We are all “sick of it.”

(Photo courtesy San Antonio Police Department)

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I am so sorry that you’ve been enduring such treatment. Please please please don’t ever believe that there are more THEYs than WEs (we people) who are truly indebted to you.

Venita, I couldn’t agree with you more. The men and women in blue put their lives on the line every day to protect us. The are the true heroes. The encounters with officers in car have been conducted with the upmost respect. However, the motorcycle officers need a course in a softer approach. I am a registered nurse and drive for a living to my patients homes. I had 2 encounter which both were cold and intimidating. Incidentally, I was in uniform.

Chief McManus,
Well said. My nephew is a new police officer in your department. He is proud to be a third generation policeman and he loves working for the San Antonio PD. The recent loss of your officer in the line of duty is a loss to all LE families. We stand with you and your police force sir. Be safe. Our hearts,and prayers are with you.

Dear Chief McManus,

As a member of the public, deeply involved in emergency management, Incident Command , and Hospital healthcare… The police and your law enforcement brethren are my heros. There are bad people out there who are tarnishing and targeting you in an attempt to break down society. You stand on the front lines of this battle. There a while lot of Americans who support you, and that won’t be changing. Thank you so much for what you do. You make the world a better place!

Don’t lose hope! Do not let this entitlement inspired and media driven hate rob you of your bigger purpose. Equally, do not let these actions, attitudes and baser purposes take from you AND your family the joy and meaning that is the greatest of rewards for those who serve and protect.
I will be praying for you and the men and women of your department.
Your servant,
Byron Greenberg, Ph.D., MPH
Police Psychologist
Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Dear Chief,
Even many on the right are against some of the Chiefs and the rank and file because you refuse to recognize the problem sanctuary cities are causing the country. You fail to realize that protecting illegals is worse than loosing their information regarding crime in their neighborhood. Deport them and that crime disappears for the most part.
James Fetterman, Ret Major
Assist Chief, Canton, OH

We need more chiefs to speak up and hold on to this profession just as Chief McManus has done. Politicians that buckle to the uneducated outspoken few just to get votes will get more officers killed. I see the chief in Waterloo, IA now has started a plan to have convicted felons help write policy…They recently settled a use of force claim and no doubt the chief’s city manager had him on the hot seat and ordered him to speak to felons. I have seen civilians want to go to policies where officers can only shoot once they’ve been fired upon. Anyone that thinks that is smart needs to sign up and be the first one through the door….Well said chief, and sorry for your department losses.

Dear Chief,
It hurts my heart and sickens my stomach that this kind of brutality against law enforcement continues to happen. I support our men and women in blue and I have raised my sons to respect all law enforcement. Law enforcement officers are truly heroes. I am sorry for your loss. Please remember there are a lot more good people in this world than there are evil people. Stay safe and vigilant, and thank you for your service.

Chief, our prayers our for you and the officers in blue, that you and they do not grow weary doing good each day. I believe it would be easier to endure attacks from violent criminals and those that are just sick, if the community would be more public and demonstrative in their support and appreciation of the service of those in blue. We all need to come together on this. I thank you for your service to your community and to our nation. Charles Kandt

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