HPD officer suspended

HARLINGEN — A police officer was suspended without pay for 25 days more than a month after an encounter with a motorist.

Officer Alan Ramos was suspended from Jan. 30 to Feb. 23 as a result of a Nov. 19 incident in which he encountered a driver whom he believed was following him in a black Mercedes Benz.

Ramos was traveling in his personal vehicle at about 7:50 p.m. when he noticed the car “tailgating” him as he drove from Brownsville to Harlingen along Interstate 69.

“Officer Ramos stated he was afraid of the driver of the black Mercedes Benz that was following him,” a document states. “However, when he exited his vehicle, officer Ramos did not draw his weapon or take cover, nor did he take action to show he was under any duress.”

On Nov. 20, Commander Valdemar Guajardo ordered Ramos not to discuss the incident.

An investigation found Ramos violated Guajardo’s order and other policies including “unsatisfactory performance or conduct,” “failure or refusal to follow lawful orders” and “insubordination or other disrespectful conduct.”

See more on this story in Tuesday’s Valley Morning Star.