A local tabloid said Saturday that it is "looking into the future prospects" of publicizing San Antonio Police officers' names and addresses in response to a deadly officer-involved shooting.
KENS 5 attended a news conference where that announcement was made after being told the media would hear from a witness to the shooting of Antronie Scott. That didn't happen. Scott's family was also there but didn't speak either.
The deadly shooting of a man at the hands of a San Antonio police officer is under investigation by the department. An investigation is standard any time a police officer is involved in a shooting.
Scott, 36, was being followed by an undercover police officer Thursday night. Police said when Scott got into a car in a parking lot on Sahara Street, a uniformed officer was called in to arrest him.
According to the department, the officer saw something in Scott's hands that he believed was a gun. He shot Scott once in the chest, killing him. The object in Scott's hand turned out to be a cell phone. No gun was found at the scene.
The San Antonio Observer, a tabloid, called a news conference and spoke on behalf of Scott's family. The editor-in-chief, Stephanie Zarriello, said shootings of citizens by officers go unpunished because the officers remain anonymous.
"Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, (officers) do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice," Zarriello said.
"So, in light of these facts, we at the San Antonio Observer Newspaper Group are looking into the future prospects of publicizing the names and addresses of all San Antonio Police Department officers in order to protect our community," she said at the news conference.
"Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection," Zarriello said.
KENS 5 contacted the San Antonio Police Department for a comment about the Observer's plans. A spokesman didn't address that issue specifically but did say the department is committed to conducting an unbiased and transparent investigation. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus held a press conference Friday to address the shooting.