Police officer promoted to captain after 4-year court battle

Updated: Friday, July 11 2014, 10:18 PM CDT
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SAN ANTONIO -- "Redemption Day" is what the family of now police Captain Joe Salvaggio is calling his promotion Friday following a 4-year court battle.

Salvaggio was fired by San Antonio Police Chief William McManus after false allegations were made concerning cheating during the captains exam. Salvaggio won in arbitration to get his job back.

But the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Police Department spent the next 4 years and at least a $1 million to try to keep him from returning to the department. That ended when the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal and ordered Salvaggio be reinstated and promoted.

The media was not allowed to attend Friday's promotion ceremony. We asked the police department for an interview with Captain Salvaggio, but our request was denied. We did, however, speak to his family before the ceremony.

Salvaggio's daughter, 25 year-old Gina Salvaggio, said Friday was about vindication for her father.

"For the first time I thought I would see a broken man, but I didn't," Gina told us. "He pulled through, and I'm so proud of him."

Gina still has questions though.

"I would like to know who's being held accountable for this," said Gina. When discussing Friday's ceremony, she told us, "We feel disappointed that the media is not being permitted inside to be here for this moment. After 4 years of slander and a lot of it in the media, they refused to let the media in for this big moment."

We're told Captain Salvaggio is supposed to be assigned to the airport. Because of that, there will be a lot of captains and deputy chiefs that will be moved around as of Saturday. Police officer promoted to captain after 4-year court battle
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