Trending
MOST READ
Andrew Weissman poised to open The Luxury in addition to two more restaurants

Andrew Weissman poised to open The Luxury in addition to two more restaurants

Food & Drink: In the last few years, San Antonio has seen an exponential rise in the number of quality restaurant offerings, several of... By Diana Roberts 2/27/2013
How Weed Advocates Hope to Spark Legalization in Texas

How Weed Advocates Hope to Spark Legalization in Texas

News: Less than a mile from the Whatcom County Courthouse and even closer to Bellingham High School sits Top Shelf Cannabis, the first store to open and operate after... By Mark Reagan 8/13/2014
Hall & Oates Singer Hated the Late ’80s, Too

Hall & Oates Singer Hated the Late ’80s, Too

Music: It’s hard for musical duos to survive. Garfunkel felt slighted, Cher never needed Sonny and the Captain could never get a word in edgewise with Tennile. When... By Chris Parker 2/19/2014
Phô Nguyen Woos Phonatics

Phô Nguyen Woos Phonatics

Food & Drink: I don’t expect much from Vietnamese restaurants in the way of decor; it’s more not Chinese and not Japanese than anything. I certainly don’t expect... By Ron Bechtol 8/27/2014
Hot Joy’s Here to Stay

Hot Joy’s Here to Stay

Food & Drink: Since its inception more than two years ago as one of the first true pop-ups in the city, Hot Joy’s been a hit. Maybe it was the The Monterey’s... By Jessica Elizarraras 5/28/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

News

sa_20130605_covernobleeds

Bexar County Jail's Fatal Flaws Come to Light

Photo: , License: N/A

Photo: , License: N/A


As Taylor’s family questions why he was taken to isolation instead of medical if he was in the throes of an overdose, current and former jail guards question how the current sheriff has decided to handle Taylor’s death: by sending one of their own to the Bexar County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Sheriff’s officials and the DA’s office confirmed authorities are considering charges against detention officer Ernesto Flores, accusing him of falsifying the unit’s logbook and pretending to make cell checks that video surveillance proves he did not do. A DA spokesman told the Current the office plans to take the case to a grand jury, seeking an indictment for tampering with an official government document, a third-degree felony.

Flores, who was fired in March, contends he fudged the books because a supervisor ordered him to just moments after guards discovered Taylor’s body. Former and current jailers who spoke with the Current call the practice “pencil-whipping,” describing it as a cover-your-ass move that was and is pervasive inside county lockup.

Flores maintains that he’s been scapegoated as Sheriff Susan Pamerleau attempts to scrub the jail’s image by publicly addressing problems at the facility.

“They’re blaming it on me, but I just happened to be standing by the book when this Taylor guy died,” Flores said last month. “Sarge told me to pencil-whip it, so I did.”

**

In 1999, a dumb high-school prank turned Tommy Taylor into a convicted felon.

Taylor had a group of friends over at his mother’s home in Mesa, Ariz., when a friend dropped in, either high or drunk, said mother Terie Taylor. They took the friend’s keys so he couldn’t drive. When the boy passed out on the couch, the guys lit the fringes at the bottom of his jeans with a lighter to wake him up – they called it a “hot foot.”

“He woke up and they all laughed. They thought they’d put the fire out and walked outside,” Terie said. “I was upstairs when I heard the fire alarm go off.”

The fire badly burned the boy’s leg. Taylor took the blame when his friend’s parents insisted on pressing charges, Terie said. Later that week, cops dragged him out of a high-school classroom in handcuffs, charging him with aggravated assault.

That’s how, at 17 years old, Taylor wound up in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s infamous “Tent City” jail for three months. He missed his senior year, and during a spring break trip he couldn’t attend, his girlfriend cheated on him. Weeks later, she came back saying she was pregnant with his child, Terie said.

Naturally, Taylor’s family doubted the kid was his. “But Braiden came out with blond hair, blue eyes, and looked just like Tommy,” Terie said. “There was no denying it.”

In 2003, when Braiden was still a toddler, he fell into a swimming pool and drowned. “Tommy was quiet, introverted, and didn’t show his emotions much,” said sister Tonie Taylor Grindle. “But that was the first time I saw him hurt that bad.”

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus