San Angelo Police Chief Frank Carter has released the following statement regarding Councilman Bill Richardson’s recent Facebook comments:
Our community is diverse, just like the officers who make up this department. Our officers are professionals and I hold them to a high standard. As a department, we will continue to police this community in a professional manner, treating all citizens with respect regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or disability.
The inflammatory statements recently made by Council Member Bill Richardson on Social Media accomplish nothing but to fracture the relationships that we have worked so hard to build. At a time when police officer line-of-duty deaths are at an all-time high, it is vital that we continue to strive for unity and to build solid relationships with the public we serve.
Although the department has not received an official complaint from Mr. Richardson concerning the officer’s conduct, the audio concerning the Feb. 18, 2017, contact with Mr. Richardson and two of our officers is currently under review. We are working with City Legal regarding the release of the audio recording in an effort to ensure public transparency and police accountability.
If someone feels that an Officer has acted inappropriately or violated the law, we urge them to file an official complaint with the San Angelo Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards at (325) 657-4463, (325) 657-4390, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.