‘Missing’ Brockhouse Report Matches Others Responding Officer Wrote

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Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6)

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Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6)

Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6), who is running for mayor of San Antonio, has stopped short of calling a 2009 police report fake, but many of his supporters have suggested that the report was fabricated.

The report, which no longer exists in City records, contains handwritten notes by an officer named Daniel Gomez, whose badge number also appears on the report, regarding accusations of domestic violence made by Brockhouse’s wife Annalisa. Brockhouse was never charged in the incident. A side-by-side comparison of that with other reports Gomez wrote that week indicate they were written by the same person.

Greg Brockhouse has said the allegations are false. “My wife and I have both denied them. … The situation did not happen.” On Tuesday, he reiterated that point and added. “I’m sticking to the facts and that matters most.”

Messages left for Gomez, who still patrols out of SAPD’s West Substation, by the Rivard Report were not returned.

While the handwriting is similar, questions surrounding the 2009 report and why the City has no record of it remain. Many speculate it was expunged, though Brockhouse also has denied any knowledge of that.

Gomez also filed a report about the 2009 incident with the Department of of Public Safety, according to records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. It was logged as both a “simple assault” and “intimidation.”

“My statement still stands, but more importantly my wife’s statement is clear,” Brockhouse told the Rivard Report when asked about the DPS records.

Brockhouse is in the midst of a contentious runoff election against first-term Mayor Ron Nirenberg. He has implied that Nirenberg’s campaign had something to do with the 2009 report’s appearance. A spokesperson for Nirenberg said they were not involved.

A San Antonio Police Department spokesman reiterated that the department has no record of the report.”We cannot comment on a document that is not in our possession,” he said and declined to comment further.

According to the report, Gomez, then a rookie officer, responded to a 911 call on Dec. 23, 2009, at the Brockhouse residence in the far-Northwest Side.

When Gomez arrived, Brockhouse wasn’t there, the report reads, but the officer took Annalisa Brockhouse’s statement. She is identified in the narrative as “(C)” for complainant.

Brockhouse points to inaccuracies in Gomez’s report relating to how he is described. Gomez wrote that Brockhouse is 6-foot-2 and has blue eyes. Brockhouse has brown eyes and is between 5-foot-11 and 6-feet tall.

Since Brockhouse was not present at the scene when the officer arrived, any description would have come from Annalisa Brockhouse. A source told the Rivard Report that the officer might have misinterpreted her description.

There are other errors in the report, too. Gomez misspells Annalisa’s name and incorrectly cites the penal code for assault, though “assault-contact” is written next to the code number for robbery.

On Dec. 23, 2009, Gomez was called to a robbery at an address on Potranco Road at 11 p.m., according to a report the Rivard Report obtained through an open records request. The penal code for that is P.C.29.02, and Gomez indicated it as such on that report. An hour later, Gomez was called to Brockhouse’s home, according to the missing report.

SAPD Officer Daniel Gomez filled out an offense report (left) concerning a robbery on Dec. 23, 2019. Later that night, according to a report obtained by the San Antonio Express News (right), Gomez filled out a report regarding a domestic violence incident at the Brockhouse residence.

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SAPD Officer Daniel Gomez filled out an offense report (left) concerning a robbery on Dec. 23, 2019. Later that night, according to a report obtained by the San Antonio Express News (right), Gomez filled out a report regarding a domestic violence incident at the Brockhouse residence.

The number for assault-contact is P.C.22.01., but he wrote P.C.29.01 on that report – a similar penal code to the one he used an hour earlier. Gomez also wrote “assault-contact” in the description next to the code and ticked the box to indicate “domestic violence.”

It’s possible, sources inside and close to SAPD said, that Gomez wrote down the wrong penal code. It’s not unusual for an officer, especially during their first year on the job, to get the penal code wrong on a report, the sources said. Others said the number of errors and discrepancies, however, were concerning.

Officer Gomez started the academy in May 2008, according to SAPD records. The academy is about 32 weeks long, and newly-graduated officers spend 16 weeks riding along with other officers. He likely started to take calls on his own around April or May of 2009. He has never been suspended, according to SAPD, and has met and exceeded expectations, according to his performance evaluations.

The narrative in the report states that Annalisa Brockhouse said her husband lost his job, but City records indicate he was still employed by the City.

Some observers also have pointed to Gomez’s use of a January 2010 form as evidence the file was doctored or altered in some way. However, a source inside the SAPD said the form could have been taken from a stack printed in anticipation of the new year, or as a result of having to re-fill out the report at a later date.

It’s unclear if or how the allegations will impact the Saturday election. Early voting concluded Tuesday with increased voter turnout.

For her part, Annalisa has not spoken publicly about the incident, but issued a strong statement in defense of her husband and accusing Nirenberg and his campaign for victimizing her.

“I would never, ever stay in an abusive relationship and I certainly wouldn’t keep my kids in an abusive environment,” she wrote. “Family violence happens every day in San Antonio, but never in my house. … I have never been a victim before, but Ron Nirenberg has made me feel like one with his constant attacks on my character, my family and my husband.”

Asked to respond to her comment at a recent candidate forum, Nirenberg said, “Let’s be clear: Councilman Brockhouse is not the victim. Furthermore, I am not the abuser.”

Mētú, a group formed to oppose Brockhouse because of these allegations, sent a letter to SAPD’s internal affairs division  on Wednesday requesting an investigation into the “disappearance” of the 2009 report.

Ellen Riojas Clark speaks on behalf of mētú.

Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report

Ellen Riojas Clark speaks on behalf of Mētú at a press conference on Wednesday near City Hall.

“At issue is not just that a mayoral candidate is alleged to have committed domestic violence but the public confidence in San Antonio’s Police Department,” Mētú’s letter reads. “Did someone within the department purposefully and illegally delete all records of it?”

City Attorney Andy Segovia could not immediately be reached for comment on launching such an investigation.

 

19 thoughts on “‘Missing’ Brockhouse Report Matches Others Responding Officer Wrote

  1. In a city with appalling domestic violence statistics like San Antonio’s, we absolutely must know that we are electing public officials we can trust, whose personal wnd professional ethics are beyond reproach. “Missing” police report(s) or not, Brockhouse’s troubling marital track record indicates there is a pattern of poor judgement at best and abusive volatility at worst. Either way: San Antonio deserves better.

  2. I’ve been in the media. 40 years and to keep running the same slanted story….is very slanted.
    I’m disappointed in some of your coverage. Just when I thought I finally found a nuetral media source that I could trust.

    • Mr. Bill, you hit the hammer on the head! All the rags in this town would not know true objective journalism if the paper boy hit them in the face with it. This is why they are in financial trouble and constantly begging for money.

      • Its ironic that his biggest supporters fear the truth. The Express this morning notes DPS does have the record, and apparently his friends in SanAntonio couldn’t find that particular eraser.

        • You guys are funny in a not funny kind of way. If you have been in the media for 40 years then you know, that going back to the 90’s for an elected official to be accused or arrested on domestic battery would be a tough hurdle to overcome. Not something to claims as not objective,

          Regardless of the funny business with the record, Greg and His wife could have simply moved on from this discussion by admitting that marriage is hard, that disagreements happen, and that they have grown from that experience and the fact that his wife is still with him (an no charges since) reflect that both have worked on their marriage.

          End stop. The problem is that it is obvious that he is lying and that his wife wants nothing to do with this discussion (which is not unusual, I mean who wants to re-live a domestic battery, but come on, say the truth, you are running for PUBLIC office).

    • What about this article could make it less slanted? Could you be saying that this information in not newsworthy or relevant? Is this information beneficial? If you were marrying Greg would you not want to know about these reports?

      This article is about Greg Brockhouse who is running for Mayor of our city.

  3. Brockhouse, based on other of his actions, is not ready to be any mayor of any city. He acts too sleazy, and too close to the firemen’s union, there’s collusion here folks!

  4. What is most sad is that there is someone so misogynistic running for office in the 21st century. Aren’t we as a society better than that—our choice is someone with a history of alleged domestic violence and recorded instances of non payment 0f child support? Two steps forward, one step back.

  5. I can only imagine these stories will get worse from this tabloid rag when Mr. Brockhouse gets elected on Saturday! This cities so called media will try its hardest to get him out of office just as the national media is doing the same to President Trump! Make San Antonio Great Again Mr. Brockhouse! Like I always have said this current Mayor has the RR, and Express News doing all his dirty work for him because he cannot run on his FAILED record for the past 2 years! RR why cannot you report on that?

    • David, a tabloid is a size of newspaper and the word “rag” refers to what one would use a newspaper (in this case of smaller size than a broadsheet) for. As you have no doubt noticed, given you post on their website, the Rivard Report is an online publication so can neither be a tabloid, nor a rag.

      I notice you reply to every single article making excuses for this candidate but never once offering an explanation for the flood of allegations that have been made against him. I wonder why that is?

      • Peter, I am not making excuses for Mr. Brockhouse. If he did assault his wife, and she didn’t press charges the state would of taken over the case, so this is all allegations plain and simple. Let’s focus on this issues here sir the failed record of this current Mayor. Which no one wants to do because the Mayor, RR, and Express News cannot and wont focus on his record! That should be concerning to all in San Antonio! If you were to take a poll on these allegations on Mr. Brockhouse I guarantee you it would rank at the bottom. People want real change in this city, and real leadership. to not focus on the real issues in this city is a shame. Ron Nirenberg decided that this is what he was going to base his campaign on, and it has failed just as he has failed as Mayor of this city.

        • I disagree, David. Not only is the charge relevant, but also pertinent to how are city is lead. First, let us be honest, the city mayor of San Antonio, does not have alot of power, that is the city managers job.

          Second, speak specifically about how our city is mis-run by this mayor, its city council or the city manager. If you are speaking about chick-fil-a, the alamo plaza, or the GOP convention, then probably your mind is made up. However, I would enjoy hearing about other specific issues that you have with the city government and our mayor. Maybe we can engage in a fruitful discussion.

          I have many gripes with this city, lack of sidewalks (and too many in weird areas), lack of street lighting, potholes, more money for our schools, some tax abatements to big developers, the loose dog issues, to name a few but unfortunately Brockhouse proposes no solutions to any of these.

          He wants lower taxes with no solution for making up that lost revenue to pay for basic city functions. He wants a deal for the fire union that will increase pay, but likely (just like what was going to happen in Houston when the same issue came to a head) will end up with less fire officers because of the increase in pay and benefits.

          Sure we need better services in this city but we can not get there alone on just tax cuts. Anyone who has run a business knows that you can cut expenses to save money, but at some point cutting, cutting, cutting will not lead you to prosperity but will lead you to bankruptcy.

  6. One again voters get to elect a mayor by voting against a candidate rather than for a candidate. It’s the same mentality that elected Trump over Hillary.

  7. Hopefully nobody is shocked that a police record goes missing or is doctored. That’s what friends and/or attorneys with influence do. The RR should do a story on how paperwork flows at SAPD or BCSD. I don’t think it is the officers who do anything nefarious, but I’m certain paperwork gets pulled, changed. lost at the hands of those with influence.

  8. Really Iris, really Bob Rivard? The level of desperation has risen beyond ridiculous. This is not journalisim, and we won’t even mention the word objective. Absolutely pathetic. The alarm bells are sounding because 82k people have voted early, and the largest percentage increases have come from areas that voted for Brockhouse in the general election. RN is in trouble, so time to pull out all the stops. Researching the officers training and performance evaluations??? Wow!

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