UPDATE: Termination Hearing For EPPD Officer Today


POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 3:35pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 9:09am

Update 3:45 p.m.: Zake Rivera has officially been fired from the El Paso Police Department. Tune in to NewsChannel 9 at 5, 6, and 10 for the very latest.


Original story:

EL PASO - Police have confirmed that a scheduled termination hearing for officer Zake Rivera will happen today.The hearing is not open to the public.

29-year-old Zake Rivera was arrested on February 25 and charged with sexual assault. Police said that on January 23, 2011, Rivera and his partner responded to a family disturbance call in the 700 block of Mesa Hills. The officers separated to interview the husband and wife involved in the disturbance, one of which was the victim. EPPD said separating the people involved in domestic disturbances is standard procedure.

Police said that while the victim was separated with Rivera, and out of sight of the others, Rivera sexually assaulted the victim. An arrest affidavit says Rivera allegedly forced the victim to perform oral sex on him in the back of his patrol car.

The victim went to police, and Internal Affairs and Special Investigations Group began an investigation. Police say they have condemning evidence against Rivera, and that DNA samples on the victim's clothing were found to be associated with Rivera.

Rivera is a 4-year veteran of the El Paso Police Department and was assigned to the Westside Regional Command Center.

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Oh please the only morons are those who believe that the scallywag could not cry for help bite scratch or fight back please...She is just looking to make money suing the City would put a pretty penny in her pocket.

If our Political Servants, who are known and viewed by the public can be corrupt, Why can't a Policeman/woman?

The question of the day is will he be charged just like any other citizen? There are many officers trying to the do the right things and protect the community, then there are those who believe they are above justice. Keep the viewers posted and let us know if the criminal justice system is fair. The state has the right to press charges in the matter.

I guess the Boys in Blue, with the slam dunk evidence on this animal, could not convince the union or internal affairs to get this moron off the hook. My question is, how many more of these incompetents got through the initial entry process, after failing on the first round. kinda makes one wonder, whose primo was he?

You're asking how many more? What, you want names? I got 'em.

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