Message from the Chief – Police Tolerance (video)

The Event.

Freddy Espinoza AGE 30
DWI, Evading, Resisting, & Obstruction/Retaliation

This past Monday, April 29, 2019, around 10 p.m., Sgt. Travis Baker encountered Freddy Espinoza Jr. (AGE 30) as he was speeding down W. Wheeler Avenue. Sgt. Baker went to pull Freddy Espinoza’s vehicle over for the traffic violation.

As they traveled north on FM 1069 from W. Wheeler, Freddy Espinoza decided he was going to try and run for it. He quickly changed his mind and pulled over.

Unaware of Freddy Espinoza’s condition, Sgt. Baker exercised caution and instructed him to remain inside his vehicle while keeping his hands visible until assistance arrived. Freddy Espinoza was very agitated, highly intoxicated, and acting verbally aggressive toward Sgt. Baker.

Based on continued de-escalation training and tactics, Sgt. Baker worked to minimize the potential for a violent confrontation between Freddy Espinoza and himself. A one-on-one confrontation under circumstances like this would surely have lead to serious injuries to Freddy Espinoza and even possibly Sgt. Baker. Further, it’s events like this across the nation where less experienced/trained officers, unlike Sgt. Baker, have a greater tendency to overreact too swiftly or without proper de-escalation techniques which can lead up to the shooting death of the offender, or even the officer. “I am proud to say, however, my department and staff receive extensive training each year. It’s not uncommon for an officer or police department employee to received in excess of a hundred hours of quality training each year.”

“I am proud to say my department and staff receive extensive training each year. It’s not uncommon for an officer or police department employee to receive in excess of a hundred hours of quality training each year.”

– Chief Eric Blanchard

Freddy Espinoza eventually exited the vehicle and was guarded at taser point. He remained vulgar and aggressive in his actions as Sgt. Baker attempted to keep him at bay at the rear of his vehicle. At one point, Freddy Espinoza pulled down his pants, exposed his butt, and even threw his marijuana cigarette at Sgt. Baker along with other items removed from his pocket.

Once assisting officers arrived on the scene, Freddy Espinoza was forced to the ground, secured in handcuffs and placed inside the police vehicle. Freddy Espinoza ultimately had to be treated by an area emergency department for his high level of intoxication before being booked into jail.

Freddy Espinoza was charged with the following offenses:

  • Driving while intoxicated with an open container – Misdemeanor (BOND $5,000),
  • Resisting arrest search or transport – Misdemeanor (BOND $5,000),
  • Evading arrest/detention with a vehicle – Felony (BOND $20,000), and
  • Obstruction/retaliation – Felony (BOND $50,000) for threats made against officers and their families.

Why Publicize?

My purpose of sharing this event and video with you is to help illustrate the level of skilled, trained tolerance and risk my staff endures daily. Aransas Pass is fortunate to have some of the best and brightest in the business working for them each and every day. It’s not an easy job, especially when you have to set aside internal emotions that tend to get the best of you while enduring high levels of berating, threats, and ridicule as Sgt. Baker did during this situation. Over time and without constructive means of release, these types of events will take their toll on even the most thickest-skinned of us all.

Please, be sure to thank an officer or public safety employee when you see them. Your appreciation goes a long way, and they are working harder than ever for each and every one of you.

– Chief.

The Video.

CAUTION: Video contains explicit language. You have been warned.

16 comments on “Message from the Chief – Police Tolerance (video)

  1. Sgt. Baker showed extreme professionalism and more so patience, I’m afraid I would not be able to take that kind of verbal abuse. Aransas Pass has set an example for all PD’s in south Texas.

  2. Sgt. Baker showed extreme professionalism and more so patience, I’m afraid I would not be able to take that kind of verbal abuse. Aransas Pass has set an example for all PD’s in south Texas.

  3. I AM VERY PROUD OF SGT. BAKER FOR HIS PROFESSIONALISM FROM START TO FINISH. IT COULD HAVE TAKEN A WRONG TURN VERY EASILY. I’M SAYING THANK YOU AND I’M SURE OUR COMMUNITY FEELS THE SAME. WE ARE A SMALL TOWN AND THIS GOES ON EVERY DAY. BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE DISREPECTFUL TO OTHERS AND THE LAW TO THE PEOPLE WHO DISRESPECT THE BUSINESSES IN TOWN AS THEY STAND AROUND WITH THEIR SIGNS WANTING MONEY. I FEEL FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN AWFUL POSITIONS IN THEIR LIVES.BUT THESE PEOPLE AREN’T THERE FOR DIFERENT REASONS. IT GIVES THIS SMALL TOWN A BAD REPUTATION. IT’S BAD ENOUGH WE ARE TRYING TO REBUILD FROM A HORRIBLE STORM. ALL OF THE SURROUNDING AREAS TO BE EXACT. I SALUTE MY HAT OFF TO POLICE OFFICERS AND TEACHERS. THEY HAVE EXTREMELY HARD JOBS AND ARE EXTREMELY UNDER PAID. AND YET, WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT THEM! THANK YOU FOR THE HARD WORK.

  4. Proud to live in Aransas Pass with the great police force we have. Especially appreciate our Chief of Police for keeping the community informed and updated. Thank you all.

  5. Pure professionalism from start to finish. I am so proud of these officers I could just burst! To CHOOSE to put their lives on the line each day and know they will be cussed, threatened, misused & abused, but still maintain the utmost courage & respect is absolutely amazing. Thank you APPD for the training you provide these warriors to keep the citizens of this town safe.

  6. I AM VERY PROUD OF SGT. BAKER FOR HIS PROFESSIONALISM FROM START TO FINISH. IT COULD HAVE TAKEN A WRONG TURN VERY EASILY. I’M SAYING THANK YOU AND I’M SURE OUR COMMUNITY FEELS THE SAME. WE ARE A SMALL TOWN AND THIS GOES ON EVERY DAY. BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE DISREPECTFUL TO OTHERS AND THE LAW TO THE PEOPLE WHO DISRESPECT THE BUSINESSES IN TOWN AS THEY STAND AROUND WITH THEIR SIGNS WANTING MONEY. I FEEL FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN AWFUL POSITIONS IN THEIR LIVES.BUT THESE PEOPLE AREN’T THERE FOR DIFERENT REASONS. IT GIVES THIS SMALL TOWN A BAD REPUTATION. IT’S BAD ENOUGH WE ARE TRYING TO REBUILD FROM A HORRIBLE STORM. ALL OF THE SURROUNDING AREAS TO BE EXACT. I SALUTE MY HAT OFF TO POLICE OFFICERS AND TEACHERS. THEY HAVE EXTREMELY HARD JOBS AND ARE EXTREMELY UNDER PAID. AND YET, WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT THEM! THANK YOU FOR THE HARD WORK.

  7. Kudos to Sgt. Baker for exercising confidence in his training and acting with professionalism in this incident, and may it always be so.

  8. Proud to live in Aransas Pass with the great police force we have. Especially appreciate our Chief of Police for keeping the community informed and updated. Thank you all.

  9. Pure professionalism from start to finish. I am so proud of these officers I could just burst! To CHOOSE to put their lives on the line each day and know they will be cussed, threatened, misused & abused, but still maintain the utmost courage & respect is absolutely amazing. Thank you APPD for the training you provide these warriors to keep the citizens of this town safe.

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