Tara Hunter now desires to clear her identify within the court docket of public opinion.
SAN ANTONIO — Tara Hunter continues to be crying tears of aid after being cleared of an harm to a toddler cost that was levied against her six lengthy months in the past.
The longtime educator stated that, along with her authorized difficulty resolved, she’s now in search of aid within the court docket of public opinion.
“Even though the charges have been dropped because there was no evidence, I am still a victim of the social media platform,” she says. “I sit here today asking for an apology on the same platform.”
Flanked by her pastor and a neighborhood supporter, Hunter stated it is going to be laborious to rebuild her life. But she stated what occurred to her needs to be a warning for everybody.
“I sit here today looking for justice as an educated Black woman with over 20 years in the education system,” she stated. “I never thought that this would happen to me, but I’m telling you who are watching this: This could have been you.”
Leaning into her religion, Hunter added: “I am a Christian woman who did not receive due process on April 28.”
She stated the disgrace of being led away in handcuffs and featured on social media compounded her ache.
“That information transferred on every social media platform and the same platform that destroyed me, I am asking for restoration, vindication, and reconciliation.”
The case was dropped at mild when a 5-year-old boy on the IDEA Amber Creek faculty made an outcry about an alleged harm.
The faculty, which is now referred to as IDEA Ambrose and Freda Robinson, is on Kriewald Road close to Highway 90 and Loop 1604.
At the time, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar stated in a Facebook briefing that the boy had a visual harm, leading to investigators transferring ahead with the third-degree felony accusation.
Now, the household stated three completely different companies have appeared into the claims and located them to be with out advantage.
The Bexar County clerk’s web site signifies the case was dismissed again in September, however Hunter stated recovering from the loss goes to take time.
Hunter stated when she realized of the accusation, she reached out to investigators and stated she can be cooperative. However, as a substitute of permitting her time to reply to the matter, deputies confirmed up at her door virtually instantly and positioned her into custody.
She stated the upfront expense of authorized illustration and a $10,000 bond had her reaching out to household and buddies to boost money rapidly.
The spouse of a retired navy veteran stated her complete household was shocked that she had no alternative to supply any proof on her behalf.
“That day changed my whole world . My husband is a veteran. His name and my name are out there,” Hunter stated.
Supporters who stand with Hunter stated they imagine race performed a consider what they name “selective prosecution.” They allege detectives walked an emergency warrant and made a right away arrest as a result of Hunter is African-American.
Reverend Jerry Dailey is the pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, and emphasizes Hunter by no means ought to have been arrested for what occurred to the younger boy.
“I have been a pastor for 37 years. I know these individuals,” Dailey stated. “Most folks do not know the Hunters. I do.
“If it doesn’t fit. You must acquit. Well in this situation, it didn’t fit. It shouldn’t have happened in the first place.”
The man who leads the Community of Churches for Social Action added: “What if this had been a charge levied against a white principal or assistant principal? Would action have taken place that fast? I raise that question because those are questions our community would be concerned with.”
Dailey stated he does not perceive the push to publicly disgrace a girl with a spotless document.
“Had the investigation been thorough, had due process taken place, we wouldn’t be here. But it didn’t happen. Because it didn’t happen, we have to speak to it,” Dailey stated.
Another supporter, Christopher Herring, stated he believes due course of would have been utilized had the arrested educator been white.
“But not being accused and being tried and being found guilty all in one hour of one media broadcast by the Sheriff. That was wrong.”
‘I’m asking you to make it proper’
Hunter now says she wants an apology.
“I sit here today asking for an apology on the same platform. I’m asking you to make it right. My name was pushed out on every platform around this country and this great nation because of one individual, and I need Mr. Salazar to make it right.”
Hunter stated that as a navy spouse in a neighborhood with a robust navy presence, she feels the stress of a baseless accusation on behalf of her friends.
“I feel like I let the military down. We are a military family. We have served for 20 years. My husband has served in every capacity. I need the sheriff to know he has brought shame to the military family,” Hunter stated.
In a press release offered by BCSO officers Friday night, the company deferred a proof for its actions:
“At the basis of this case is a bit boy who sustained actual accidents, and defending him is our prime precedence. We made the choice to arrest primarily based upon trigger introduced to a choose.
“The case is still ongoing in our office and we will continue to investigate. We will defer to the District Attorney’s Office as to why they took the actions that they did.”
The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office has not but replied to a KENS 5 request for a press release.
Meanwhile, Hunter stated she is prayerfully grateful that her employer has given her a possibility to return to work. Hunter stated she’s going to meet with IDEA faculty directors on Monday and hopes to have a choice a few new work task shortly.