Marco Puente (2020)

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Overview

News report with vehicle and body-worn camera footage

On August 15, 2020, Keller Texas Police Department Sergeant Blake Shimanek stopped a vehicle driven by Dillon Puente. Dillon's father, Marco Puente, arrived and began to film the encounter from across the street. Officer Antik Tomer also responded. Shimanek instructed Tomer to arrest and pepper spray Marco Puente for recording the incident.[1]

The incident was captured by the officers' body-worn cameras and police vehicle dash camera.[1]

Puente was charged with interference with the public duties and obstructing a highway or other passageway.[2]

The charges against Puente were later dropped and he was released from jail.[3]

On August 19, 2020, an internal investigation concluded that Shimanek had violated the department's code of ethics and conduct, and general orders.[2]

On September 8, 2020, an internal investigation found that Shimanek had exhibited conduct unbecoming an officer and he was demoted two ranks to officer.[2][1]

Tomer was not punished.[1]

On December 14, 2020, Puente filed a federal lawsuit against the officers, alleging excessive force and unlawful arrest in violation of the Fourth Amendment, retaliatory arrest in violation of the First Amendment, and deliberate interference in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.[4]

In January 2021, the lawsuit was settled for $200,000.[5]

On February 1, 2021, Shimanek resigned from the department.[3]

On May 7, 2021, Shimanek was charged with official oppression, a class A misdemeanor, and faces up to one year in jail.[6]

On October 20, 2022, Shimanek pleaded guilty to official oppression and forfeited his Texas peace officer license. Shimanek entered a diversion program, after which the case could be dismissed.[7]

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