A Man Beat Up by San Antonio Police Due to Mistaken Identity is Now Paralyzed

This is the Carlos family of San Antonio, Texas.

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That’s Roger on the left, his wife Ronnie on the right, and their three children.

Last year, Roger Carlos was taking photos of the building being constructed for his wife’s medical practice…

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Credit: KENS5

…When two San Antonio PD SWAT officers and an undercover police officer detained him and began beating him. This is what he looked like afterward:

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Credit: San Antonio Police Department

Carlos told KENS 5 News that despite complying with the officers’ commands, he was struck about 50 times.

Aside from the visible injuries to his face, Carlos suffered injuries to his neck and back.

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Credit: San Antonio Police Department

“These guys, they beat me like a bunch of thugs,” said Carlos to KENS5 News.

So what crime did Carlos commit? NONE. San Antonio Police said it was a case of mistaken identity.

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Credit: San Antonio Police Department

SAPD officers were in pursuit of this man, Josue Rodriguez, who had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

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Credit: Bexar County Jail

Rodriguez was being pursued by the officers when he ditched his car near the area where Carlos was taking photos.

The three SAPD officers were given 15-day suspensions for their mistake. Police Chief William McManus later reduced the suspensions to five days.

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Credit: KENS5

The names of two of the officers were released: Carlos Chavez and Virgilo Gonzalez. The identity of the undercover officer was kept confidential. Chief McManus later said he didn’t think there was enough evidence to show that the officers “went overboard.”

The beating had a profound effect on Carlos. He underwent several surgeries to relieve the pressure from herniated discs in his back.

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Credit: KENS5

But Carlos suffered a major setback: during his most recent back surgery, he was left paralyzed from the chest down.

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Credit: KENS5

Carlos’s wife, Ronnie, said during the surgery, a bone broke and compressed against his spine, paralyzing him from the chest down.

Ronnie Carlos says she can’t believe their lives have changed so drastically over a case of mistaken identity.

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Credit: KENS5

“People need to stand up and say something about it. Just because a police officer has a right to do something like that based on a law that protects them, it’s not right, it’s not right,” she told KENS5 News.

The Carlos family has created a GoFundMe page to help alleviate a part of the $15,000+ they’ve racked up in medical bills.

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The family has also hired a lawyer and plan to file a suit against the San Antonio Police Department and the city.

Read more about this ongoing story here.

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