BCSO suspends deputy who detained girls outside Halloween party

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has suspended a deputy who detained six girls outside a Halloween party in late October.

Deputy Melissa Busby's three-day suspension comes after a 10-week investigation by BCSO's Professional Standards and Integrity Division.

A BCSO spokesperson would not say whether the suspension is paid or unpaid, but did say the suspension is now part of Busby's personnel file.

"A three-day suspension is not near enough for what those girls are going to go through the rest of their lives," said Tara Harper, whose daughter Tatum was one of the six girls involved in the incident.

The girls, dressed in costumes for a Halloween party, claim Busby detained them as they walked across her driveway around 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2012.

San Antonio police call logs showed officers dispatched to the 6400 block of Club Oaks for a report of suspicious activity.

Several of the girls said Busby pulled a handgun out of her trunk and placed it on top of the trunk while calling other officers.

SAPD officers responded to the call but did not file an incident report.

According to a BCSO spokesperson, Busby was suspended for failing to identify herself and for failing to report the incident to her superiors.

According to the same spokesperson, the letter of reprimand does not mention a gun being pulled on the girls.

"There was no need for her to draw that weapon on those kids," added Harper, who received a letter from BCSO in late January that indicates complaints against Busby were "founded."

The letter did not mention Busby's punishment.

BCSO did not provide KENS 5 a copy of the reprimand letter, citing potential privacy issues.

 

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