Lubbock Assistant Police Chief Demoted to Captain
Lubbock Police Department Assistant Police Chief James Shavers has been removed from his position and reassigned to Captain.
Shavers' demotion follows a 10-day suspension without pay in August and a recent shakeup in the department, which included the demotion and subsequent retiring of former Chief of Police Roger Ellis. The U.S. Justice Department also filed a complaint against the Lubbock Police Department in June for alleged civil rights violations.
According to KAMC News, Shavers had oversaw the investigation into the 2012 disappearance and murder of Lubbock teenager Mark Anthony Ysasaga.
Three years later, the unsolved case saw a break when human remains were discovered near 120th Street and Highway 87. The body was later confirmed to belong to Mark Anthony Ysasaga.
Later, it was alleged that a person of interest in Ysasaga's murder, Christian Castro, had been paid $10,000 for a Crime Line tip that led investigators to Ysasaga's body. Facebook posts by Castro seemed to corroborate this claim, as pictures posted on his page showed him flaunting a large amount of cash.
A second person of interest, Jose Simental, was indicted in July by a Lubbock grand jury for the murder of Ysasaga.
Captain Shavers will now make around $101,000/year -- a loss of nearly $21,000/year.
[via Everything Lubbock/Lubbock Police Department]
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