Police officer who gave feces sandwich to homeless man fired for second time

After reports came out that the disgraced officer was hired again, the city of Floresville was flooded with complaints and fired him once more.

Homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk. (photo credit: FLICKR)
Homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk.
(photo credit: FLICKR)

Former police officer Matthew Luckhurst, who had been fired from his job at the San Antonio Police after giving a homeless man a feces sandwich in 2016, was fired again - this time from the police department in Floresville, Texas, US sources reported last week.

The Mayor of Floresville said the city was flooded with complaints after reports came out that the disgraced officer had found employment at another police department.

How was he hired again?

"Matthew Luckhurst was released from employment with the Floresville Police Department yesterday Dec. 13," the mayor said in a statement. "Our city manager, Andy Joslin, is implementing stricter hiring policies for all city of Floresville employees," KSAT reported.

Luckhurst was hired by the Floresville Police Department as a reserve officer just five months after his firing process in San Antonio had ended.

The position of reserve cop in Floresville had allowed Luckhurst the "same legal authority as any law enforcement officer," according to the Express-News.

 A homeless man on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road (Illustrative photo). (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) A homeless man on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road (Illustrative photo). (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Luckhurst's actions were "vile and disgusting."

SAPD Chief McManus

After Luckhurst was let go in San Antonio, City Manager Erik Walsh said that "This individual clearly has no business wearing an SAPD uniform, and it should never have been this hard to fire him," according to Reason.

Tried to feed a man human feces

Luckhurst made headlines in 2016 when he reportedly tried to feed a homeless man human feces, which he smeared between slices of bread.

According to SAPD officials, "he had picked up some feces, placed it in a slice of bread, and put it in a Styrofoam container" next to the homeless man.

SAPD Chief McManus called Luckhurst's actions "vile and disgusting," the San Antonio Current reported.

Estimates indicate that two-thirds of fired San Antonio cops have been allowed to return to their jobs because of arbitration clauses in old union contracts.

Because of the public outcry, the San Antonio city council ultimately revised its police contract to reduce the arbitrators' power to return fired cops.

This is a common problem among police departments in other states in the US: The one in Washington, D.C. for example, allowed at least 37 fired officers over six years to return to their job, costing the city more than $14 million in back pay.

Almost half of the cops had been fired for behavior deemed a "threat to safety."