APD officer who has been suspended 4 times is ‘fired’


AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer who has been on the force since 1998 has been fired for insubordination, among other complaints, according to a memorandum issued by Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo.

According to the memo, Officer Carlos Saldivar, 42, has been suspended on four previous occasions. In 2008, Saldivar was suspended for 95 days for continuing to have a sexual relationship with a corporal after he was told to end it. It is against policy to have a sexual relationship with a superior. When questioned about the relationship, his sergeant indicated he lied about the relationship and “told them it was not true,” continued in the memo.

In 2005 and 2001, he was suspended for one day each for being dishonest.

Last summer, the officer was reprimanded for leaving early and not telling his supervisor. Around the same time, Salidvar claimed a commander threatened him during a meeting at the APD Training Academy. Internal Affairs determined Saldivar “falsely accused the [commander] of threatening him to create a false retaliation claim.”

Due to “his pattern of behavior,” Acevedo determined indefinite suspension was the appropriate course of action.

Saldivar has 10 days to file an appeal. In a statement, the president of the Austin Police Association said, “Officer Saldivar and the Association look forward to having this matter decided by a third party arbitrator.”

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