San Benito Chief of Police Michael Galvan is stepping down amid an internal investigation into his actions and four other law enforcers.
Tuesday, San Benito city commissioners voted to appoint assistant city manager Fred Bell as interim chief to oversee the internal investigation.
Chief Galvan, Manuel Alvarez, Oscar Lara, Victor Espitia, David Rebolledo and Jose Santos are subjects in the investigation stemming from the shooting death of 21-year-old Ricardo Trevino III. According to Trevino’s family, on December 7th, 2018, he had taken too many Tylenol pills and drove from a local church. Out of concern for his safety, a relative called for help. What followed was a 12-minute pursuit which ended with Trevino parking his car and being shot nearly a dozen times by authorities. Trevino live streamed the moments leading up to his death. His mother, April Flores, watched in horror, “I felt like I was tied with my hands tied behind my back and not being able to help my son while my husband is trying to get help from the officers.“ said Flores with tears falling on a shirt with Ricardo’s photo shortly after learning Bell would oversee the investigation. “You always hear of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ the officers are family. If something were to happen to the husband or the wife you know you can reach out to them. Officers are a second family to help you through unfortunately San Benito is not like this.“ cried Flores.
The officers will remain on active duty during the investigation.
According to a press release, the Texas Rangers’ investigation is taking longer than expected and may be completed in April 2019.
Local 23 has reached out to Texas Rangers for further information. Check back for updates,