Joel Chavez Wiki – Joel Chavez Biography
Joel Chavez is a former Bexar County deputy, was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly falsifying information to justify an illegal search in a vehicle in 2019, the department said.
Chavez was charged with official oppression. He had been with the department since July 2016.
He is 51 years old.
Joel Chavez Arrested
The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop in September 2019 when Chavez pulled over a vehicle for speeding, leading to the eventual arrest of the driver on drug charges. He was given his notice of dismissal on Dec. 14, 2020, because of the incident.
The former deputy said he had felt compelled to search the man’s vehicle after the man appeared to reach under the driver’s seat, and Chavez noticed a metal dish with a white powdery substance in plain view, BCSO records said. However, an in-car camera inside the vehicle contradicted Chavez’s statement.
The video showed Chavez finding the metal dish inside a closed glove compartment after arresting the man.
The Sheriff’s Office ruled that Chavez did not have probable cause for a search and lied on his report to justify the seizure, making the arrest invalid.
“In making an arrest, this now-former deputy’s conduct crossed the line into blatant misconduct,” said Sheriff Javier Salazar. “In the interest of our integrity and maintenance of standards, he is being held accountable to the fullest extent.”
Chavez was taken into custody without incident by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.