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Texas Tabloid Threatens To Publish Officer Names In Response To Shooting

| by Nicholas Roberts

A 36-year-old man was shot and killed by police in San Antonio, Texas on the evening of Feb. 4 after one of the officers involved believed the man was carrying a gun.  Afterward, a local tabloid newspaper in San Antonio threatened to publish the names and addresses of the officers involved in the shooting.

The San Antonio Police Department had sought to arrest the man, Antronie Scott, for crimes related to drug and gun possession, FOX San Antonio reports.  Police were sent to arrest Scott after he was seen entering a car in a parking lot, according to KENS 5.

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When confronted by police, Scott reportedly turned around quickly and was immediately shot in the chest by an officer who saw something in one of Scott's hands, which turned out to be a cellphone.  

San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus told reporters that John Lee, the officer accused of shooting Scott, had been on the force for 10 years, according to Fox San Antonio.  

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"According to Officer Lee, the individual quickly spun around upon getting out of his vehicle toward Officer Lee," McManus said on Feb. 5.

McManus has promised a thorough investigation into Scott's death.

On Feb. 7, the tabloid San Antonio Observer held a press conference and its editor-in-chief, Stephanie Zarriello, spoke on behalf of Scott's family.  She was highly critical of the police department's actions, and called for officers within the San Antonio Police Department to have their names and addresses made public in response to a lack of accountability.

"The wife of Mr. Scott has asked me to convey her fear, her fear of SAPD officers and police union officials who she believes will stop at nothing and take any action necessary, even more murder or intimidation in order to see that Officer Lee is not punished for this crime," Zarriello said, according to FOX San Antonio.

She added:

"Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, (officers) do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice."

While the threat to publish officers' names and addresses was made, NEWS 4 San Antonio reported the following day that the tabloid has no intention of actually following through on the threat.  Rather, Zarriello says the threat was made in order to "make an officer think twice before shooting so fast and killing an unarmed person."

Sources: FOX San Antonio, KENS5, NEWS 4 San Antonio / Photo Credit: Screenshot via KSAT

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