SAPD officer suspended after sending pictures of himself to woman, records show

Officer Joseph Warren cited for multiple issues in 30-day suspension

San Antonio police officer Joseph Warren was suspended for 30 days for multiple issues.
San Antonio police officer Joseph Warren was suspended for 30 days for multiple issues.

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer was suspended for multiple violations revealed during an internal investigation, including an incident in which he sent photos of himself to a woman he arrested days prior, according to suspension records obtained by KSAT 12 News.

Officer Joseph Warren, a four-year veteran with the San Antonio police department, was initially handed a 45-day suspension before he and Police Chief William McManus agreed to a reduced 30-day suspension, the records showed.

On Oct. 17, 2020, Warren had arrested a woman for a traffic violation, according to the records. Two days later, Warren began texting the woman while he was off-duty. The text message exchange included “photos of (Warren) while he was off-duty.”

Investigators found other issues while looking into the officer’s conduct during his shift on Oct. 23, 2020. the records revealed.

That day, Warren sent a photo of his police computer screen “showing the electronic log of officers who performed a record check on a Texas License Plate,” according to the records. The information was sent to a private citizen, violating department policy.

Later that night, during a traffic stop he conducted, Warren called someone on FaceTime. He propped his cell phone on the police cruiser’s dashboard to show the traffic stop, violating the department’s social media policy.

During that traffic stop, Warren allowed the driver to go despite learning the driver had no insurance or driver’s license. Warren also frisked the driver and failed to document it, according to the records.

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