San Antonio high schooler in the running for $20,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola

click image Pexels / Stanley MoralesLocal high school student Izumi Vázquez is one of 251 regional finalists in the 2021 Coca-Cola Scholars Program contestIf you’ve got positive juju to spare, consider sending it to local high school senior Izumi Vázquez.The Northside Health Careers High School student is one of 251 regional finalists in the 2021 Coca-Cola Scholars Program contest , advancing to the second round of interviews to vie for a hefty $20,000 college scholarship.If the name Vázquez's name sounds familiar, it’s because we reported last week that she'd landed an educational grant through the Annual Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.To participate in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program contest, students must create positive change in their communities and around the world — something Vázquez is doing through her pandemic-era venture Cards Against Cancer.In August of 2020, KSAT reported that Vázquez founded the business with her sister Ayumi in response to time spent with pediatric cancer patients as a volunteer at at a local children's hospital.“Essentially we are creating handmade cards in hopes of raising awareness and also funding for pediatric cancer,” Vázquez told the station.The Coca-Cola Scholars Program — a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and the Coca-Cola Company — is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States, according to its website. It's awarded some $75 million in scholarships over the past 33 years.

San Antonio Police Department disciplines officers for excessive force, according to report

Once the suspect was handcuffed, she allegedly threw him to the pavement, causing an injury to his face.Charges against that suspect were dismissed three months later, the station reports.In the second case, SAPD suspended Officer James Van Kirk for 30 days for punching a handcuffed suspect who kicked him while the man was on the ground and being rolled over, KSAT reports. Police documents described Van Kirk's reaction as "inhumane," adding that he used "unnecessary physical violence," according to the story.When the suspect was face down and complained he couldn't breathe, Van Kirk responded with an "offensive and profane comment in violation of policy,” according to documents cited in the report. The officer is also accused of using "verbally abusive, offensive and profane language” after the suspect repeatedly asked if he spoke Spanish.That suspect, Raul Alvarez, was a passenger in a vehicle that fled a fatal crash on June 13, according to the KSAT report. While Alvarez wasn't charged with causing the crash, he's now out on bond for assaulting Van Kirk.The reported incidents come to light as San Antonio and its police union negotiate a new labor contract . Discipline and accountability are expected to be top priorities for city officials during those talks.What's more, San Antonians will vote in the May 1 municipal election whether to strip the police union of its power to engage in collective bargaining.

San Antonio Police Department suspended three officers for offensive Facebook posts

click to enlarge ShutterstockIn December, SAPD slapped Officer George Olivarri with a five-day suspension after the FBI notified the department that he was one of three San Antonio cops who liked a Facebook post from last summer showing blood spattered across a car with a caption reading, "Didn't see any protesters." Detective Rudy Guzman was suspended for 10 days without pay in November over Facebook posts that included a video of a protestor standing in front of the military to which he added an "inappropriate and offensive comment" and a separate video showing the Venezuelan military training a water cannon on protestors. At least three San Antonio police officers were suspended late last year for Facebook posts that brought "reproach and discredit" to the department, according to a KSAT investigation The San Antonio Police Department released disciplinary documents to the TV station Monday. The officers were disciplined in November and December — months after they made the posts, according to the filings.The officers made the posts amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, KSAT reports, citing police documents. In one case, the FBI notified San Antonio police about the officer’s Facebook activities.The suspension documents released to the TV station provided the following details:News of the suspensions breaks as San Antonio and its police union negotiate for a new labor contract .