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BISD Police Chief Clydell Duncan responds to testimony in Haynes' trial
BEAUMONT - KFDM News
The police chief for the Beaumont school district released the following statement surrounding testimony in the trial of Jessie Haynes:
I have read news articles and media reports which attribute statements to Corporal San Miguel in open court which impugn my character. I am surprised that these allegations have been made, some which are completely false and another lacking clarity.
In regard to the Jessie Haynes case, an incident report was filed in August of 2013, in which Ms Haynes alleged she had been assaulted by a BISD board member. The complaint was taken and filed by Corporal Juan San Miguel. In regard to the filing of that incident report, I was contacted by the complainant Jessie Haynes who stated, Corporal San Miguel had file a incident report as to what he had observed based upon a photo given to him by Mr. Jerry Jordan, who had been involved in the incident with her. Ms Haynes further alleged that use of the photo showed that Corporal San Miguel was bias against her and in league with Mr. Jerry Jordan. After reviewing the incident report, I felt the use of the still photo by Corporal San Miguel in determining the facts of the case could give the impression that the police department had chosen sides in this matter. I asked Corporal San Miguel if he could change the report using the video which we had copies of to explain his statement of facts in the case. At no time did I order, threaten or force him to submit a new report, as police chief I may ask an officer to correct a report but I cannot order. The changes which I pointed out to Corporal San Miguel consisted of two or three lines in his report, those lines centered on the still photo given to him by Jerry Jordan. Corporal San Miguel did not inform me that he did not want to make the changes, had he done that the matter would have been dropped.
The changes I pointed out did not impact the Blocking of a Passageway Charge which was later filed against Ms Haynes, as a matter of fact, had those two lines remain as they were or had they been changed, the case against Ms Haynes would still have proceeded. The sole purpose of my asking for a change was to eliminate the belief on Ms Haynes part that the police department was bias and conspiring against her. Had Corporal San Miguel been asked in open court if the changes impacted the case against Ms Haynes, his answer should have been no.
In the other matter, I have never asked Corporal San Miguel not to conduct an investigation, the investigations in this matter were assigned to Sgt Danny Moore, Corporal San Miguel was the reporting officer, essentially meaning he filed the criminal report for Ms Haynes.
I have never requested that Corporal San Miguel apologize to Jessie Haynes, my question would be the same as yours, "for what". Ms Haynes never filed a complaint against Corporal San Miguel; she has on several occasions professed distrust with the police department in the handling of her complaint.
In my opinion, Corporal San Miguel is an exemplary officer, I am very perplex and confused by the allegations he has made. I regret that I did not have an opportunity to respond in open court.