Police Officer Involved in Shooting Suspended Three Times in Three Years

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 4:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 2:27pm

New information is surfacing about Officer Jorge Gonzalez, who shot and wounded a man following a traffic accident earlier this month.

In October 2007, Officer Gonzalez was suspended for 52 hours. According to police documents obtained by the El Paso Times, Gonzalez used unauthorized and inappropriate detention and restraint tactics on a juvenile he stopped for questioning outside a West El Paso fast food restaurant. When the juvenile failed to produce identification the report says Gonzalez handcuffed him.

Dash cam video showed Gonzalez pushing the juvenile "...down on the hood of the police car with such force that his baseball cap is seen flying off his head."

In April 2008, Gonzalez was suspended again, this time for 2 days. The report says a high school student felt he was being racially profiled by Gonzalez when he was questioned outside Austin High School. Gonzalez repeatedly asked the student, who was wearing a blue shirt and "doo rag" if he was a member of the Crip gang.

The student said no and Gonzalez responded, "don't take this the wrong way this is not what is sounds like, but if people were to see you walking down the street dressed in blue, and not that it matters, and you're black what are they going to think?"

Most recently, in January 2009, Gonzalez was suspended for 80 hours for violating protocol again.Gonzalez cited a man for speeding who said he was on his way to his business after the burglar alarm went off. After giving the man a ticket for speeding, the report says Gonzalez followed him to his business to see if a burglary was unfolding but did not immediately call for backup. Gonzalez "did not exhibit any sense of urgency in calling for back up assistance."

Earlier this month Jorge Gonzalez and another officer, Michelle Gonzalez, were off duty when the SUV they were in was rear ended by 20-year-old Andres Cortez at the intersection of Gateway West and Yarbrough. Police say Cortez tried to speed away from the scene but hit Michelle Gonzalez, pinning her under the car. Police say Jorge Gonzalez shot Cortez in the neck because he thought it looked like Cortez was going to hit Michelle Gonzalez a second time.

NewsChannel 9 has learned Cortez's record isn't perfect either. He's been convicted of drug possession and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Cortez is still in the hospital, reportedly paralyzed. An investigation into the shooting continues.

 

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This man is my friend, seeing him like that is torture for everyone. He didnt deserve what happened to him yet some think he did. why is that? People think that having a criminal record describes a person entirely and it doesnt; just look at the dates of those actions. I know him well enough to know that he would never try to run over anybody cop or not. An accident is no reason to get shot for. If that cop had proper training he shouldve known to shoot elsewhere. Dont paralyze ppl for ur anger.

Andres Cortez criminal history:

1. Unauthorized use of a vehicle in 10/3/2006
2. Possession of marijuana in 9/24/2007
3. Failure to identify/Fugitive intent to give false info in 4/14/2008
4. Possession of a controlled substance in 9/2/2008

NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE SOMEONES LIFE OR INJURE THEM SO HORRIBLY THAT THEY WILL NOT EVE BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING FOR THEMSELVES FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. HE'S 20 YEARS OLD FOR GODS SAKE. HOW CAN ANYONE JUSTIFY THAT. AND THAT'S WHAT THE TWO OFFICERS SAID HAPPENED. WHY SHOULD ANYONE BELIEVE THAT? THEY'RE CORRUPT. WHY DID HE HAVE A GUN IF HE WAS OFF DUTY? IT WAS OBVIOUSLY READILY AVAILABLE. THEY BOTH HAVE A HISTORY OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST THEM AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER ONE.

i dont think you would live up to your word and morals had you been in that situation... have you ever been in a life threatening situation where a simple decision dictates whether you live or die? Its people that make excuses for "20 yr old criminals" that give them an edge in life of crime. At 20 yrs old, a 'MAN" should know what he doing and accept responsibilty for what he is doing. If it was your sister/daughter in that situation, would you be as forgiving?

THE PUBLIC HAS TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE OFFICERS ARE OFF THE STREET. EL PASOANS NEED TO BE PROTECTED BY HONEST OFFICERS. NOT ONES THAT COVER UP FOR THEIR DEADLY ACTIONS. THEY SHOULD TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. IF SHE HAD BEEN HIT SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN INJURED WORSE THAN THAT. COME ON EL PASOANS........NO ONE IS SAYING THAT WE SHOULD BE AGAINST THE POLICE. WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT WE SHOULD NOT PROTECT THE BAD POLICE OFFICERS OR MAKE EXCUSES FOR THEM

"Redneck" is a good name for you go back and sleep with your sister we still only know one side of the story lets hope the 20 year old can at least recover enough to tell his side of the story

it is one thing to be a civilian with a past, who here wants an aggressive cop with a bad reputation pulling you over? The officers were OFF DUTY in civilian clothes with a gun. Just cause you are a cop does not mean you can use your gun when you want to or when someone hits your car on ACCIDENT

Ada,
How can Mr Cortez think twice about doing anything right or wrong? He can't even breathe on his own. That's what being paralyzed means, look it up. Did he deserve that? Think about if it were you or a family member lying there, and all you can do, is move your eyes side to side for the rest of your life. And they were not on duty so who's job were they doing?

People are always quick to blame Police Officers. The officers did what they were supposed to do here. If the officers would have done nothing regarding the safety of another citizen, the people of El Paso would still have a problem with them. The guy got what was coming to him for his acts. Officer Gonzalez saved the other officer's life. Anyone would have done the same thing.

i HOPE they get that so called "police officer" out of a job and back into anger management hhaha

cops suck!!all they USUALLY do is make things worse,in my opinion they feel better than you just beacause they have a gun.

Going off the subject a little...I'm not surprised that this officer has had past problems with blacks. Most EPPD officers do. I think it comes from the fact that most current EPPD officers were underperforming athletes in high school who were out excelled by black athletes or were jealous because blacks in this area tend to date more hispanic girls than they would like. They grow up, get a badge and decide they are goin to get some "get back". BTW, I'm not even black!

I think officer Jorge Gonzalez did the right thing in protecting not only a fellow officer but the citizens of El Paso in this situation. Mr. Cortez is paying the consequense of his actions. Now he will think twice befor doing the wrong thing. The officers in this situation are the victums here let's not forget that. Don't critize the officers for doing there job when you don't like the outcome.

the guy went to anger management hmmm.. doesnt that tell you SOMETHING!

these officers have been corrected more times than that. It just was not put in their file. Who knows how many people they threatened into silence.

So now that the media has checked the records of the Officers involved in the shooting, what about Andres Cortes? Can Media check on his background. Did he have a background? Maybe he had a problem with the law. The viewers want to know...

Mrs. Moreno, YOU might want to know about the criminal history of the suspect Cortes. However, the media is not interested. Smearing an officer and turning a criminal into a "victim" makes much better news. Poor Andres was just trying to flee; just so happened that he had to run over a person to accomplish that feat. And of course, he was just about to turn his life around. Always happens that way when crooks get nailed.

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