Sunday, October 13, 2013
When investigators raided the Rancho El Herradero Training Center, after learning it was a front for illegal horse racing and gambling, they turned-up more than they bargained for.
The investigation and raid led to the arrest of nine people, including six law enforcement officers. The officers have been charged with racing without a license.
Authorities said they spent 11 months investigating the property and say the track hired off duty cops to provide security; those officers are accused of looking the other way when illegal gambling was going on.
The Harris County District Attorney's office said the officers arrested include Harris County Pct. 1 deputy constables Secar Guadelupe Rangel and Joel Garcia, DPS State Trooper Richard Rene Rivera, reserve Fort Bend County Pct. 2 deputy constables David Green and Edward Scott and reserve Maverick County Sheriff's Office deputy Carlos Garza.
They also arrested three civilians -- Reginaldo Mandujano, Diana Marie Salinas and Consuelo Rivera.
Harris County Pct. 1 Constable Alan Rosen said he fired the two deputies from his agency the minute they were arrested.
"I don't tolerate crime on the street and I don't tolerate it in my office," said Rosen.
The nine suspects, including the six law enforcement officers, are expected to appear in the 338th state District Court Monday morning.
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Monday, July 22, 2013
San Marcos Cop James Palermo Has Anger Issues: Arrested After Abusing and Injuring Girl During Traffic Stop
There’s a story brewing about a bad cop in San Marcos. His name is James Palermo, a police corporal, arrested for allegedly beating a Texas State University student from the Woodlands.
According to investigators and witnesses, Palermo pushed Alexis Alpha, 22, against a car and slammed her onto a concrete driveway.
"It's personally painful that any officer, much less officers that work under my command would engage in this kind of conduct,” said San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams.
The incident occurred when Alpha walked by a car the officer stopped near downtown San Marcos.
Alpha told KHOU-TV in Houston, “I wasn’t the only one who walked between the cars. Several people walked between them. I was just the one he called out.”
Once Alpha walked by the vehicle, the altercation took place. Witnesses watched as the officer grabbed Alpha by her shoulders, took her four or five steps backwards, and then slammed her on the car. Palermo then threw the girl face-down onto the concrete.
Palermo arrested her for obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and public intoxication, but all of those charges were later dismissed.
Alexis, who also suffered a concussion, has since had three root canals and nearly a dozen visits to the dentist. According to court documents, Alpha lost two teeth, had a concussion and will need several surgeries.
This isn’t the first case of excessive force against Palermo. The chief said two years ago, Palermo was involved in another incident. However, that case was dismissed.
This time though, a supervisor saw dash cam video and initiated an investigation.
Palermo was arrested this week and was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant.
The 40-year-old is now out on bail and is on restricted duty while the investigation is being conducted.
|Alexis Alpha before and after meeting bully cop Palermo|
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
|Alejandro "Alex" Gutierrez|
Another Texas lawman is on the other side of the law and accused of being a sexual predator.
Alejandro Gutierrez, an officer at the Rio Grande City Police Department, was arrested by fellow officers and Texas Rangers after a woman reported he sexually assaulted her.
The victim reported to the station on Sunday afternoon and reported that Gutierrez had detained her for an outstanding warrant and forced her to perform oral sex before driving her home, according to Police Chief Dutch Piper.
“We immediately called the Texas Rangers and the DA’s Office so they could do an outside investigation,” Piper said. “We had him at the police department and he was arrested and charged.”
Gutierrez is facing one count of sexual assault, one count of official oppression and one count of civil rights violation of a person in custody. After an arraignment hearing on Monday morning, bond for Gutierrez was set at $35,000.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
|Angel and Ashley Dobbs Leave Court|
Last July, along a highway near Dallas, a vehicle was pulled over with two women inside.
What followed next was a visit by Trooper Kelly Helleson, armed with one rubber glove, ready to give body cavity searches for drugs.
38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Dobbs had both their genital areas searched with the same glove on the side of the highway for other vehicles to witness. No drugs were found.
The two ladies filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety. In the meantime, Trooper Kelly Helleson was fired and indicted on two counts of sexual assault and official oppression.
Trooper David Farrell, who initiated the Irving traffic stop, was charged with theft by a public servant. He remains suspended.
The Dallas Morning News reports the $185,000 settlement was finalized Tuesday. A DPS statement Wednesday says an agreement was reached by all parties and the litigation has been settled.
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Austin Police Officer Manuel Garcia Arrested and Fired Over Budget-Friendly Encounter with Prostitute
An Austin police officer is looking for a new job, after being terminated on Friday, for a rendezvous with a known prostitute and drug-user. Officer Manuel Garcia was caught with the hooker at Fiesta Gardens in East Austin back in February, one who he had reportedly "dated" several times.
The arrest occurred on February 2 and Garcia was charged with prostitution-related charges. Since the arrest, both the Special Investigations and the Internal Affairs units of the Austin Police Department have been investigating Garcia's case for criminal and policy violations.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo released a memo regarding the termination of Manuel Garcia.
"In determining the appropriate discipline in this case, I took into consideration the fact that Officer Garcia's actions constitute criminal conduct, the serious nature of his policy violations, and the negative impact of Officer Garcia's conduct on the Austin Police Department and the City of Austin," said Chief Art Acevedo in the disciplinary memo.
According to the memo, police detained Garcia on Comal Street in February at 7:16 p.m.
Garcia was reportedly parked with Teresa Gail Little in a dark, unlit area of the parking lot in an area known for drugs and prostitution. Garcia admitted to knowing that Little was a known prostitute, but said he didn’t realize she used drugs.
Garcia told them he knew Little and had seen her several times -- adding that he has tried to help her out in the past through some hard times. That day in February, he told police he was taking her something to eat.
Little told police she knew Garcia as "Luis" and that they had "dated" several times. She went on to tell police that both had agreed she would perform oral sex for $10.
During the stop, Garcia was allegedly dishonest with the officers in several aspects.
Garcia admitted to Internal Affairs about lying to the officers when he told them he was not currently working anywhere and that he did not have a weapon in his car, according to the memo.
"Officer Garcia's actions destroy public confidence in and respect for the Department and is prejudicial to the good order, efficiency or discipline of the Department," said Acevedo's memo. "Not only did Officer Garcia fail to tell the truth to Internal Affairs but Officer Garcia impugned the integrity of his fellow officers in an attempt to conceal, divert or mitigate his true culpability in the incident in further violation of APD's honesty policy."
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The Dallas Police Department, like other departments in Texas, is no stranger to busting one of their own for driving drunk. This time around, it is Terrance Thomas.
Thomas was arrested early Saturday in the Kaufman County city of Forney on a driving while intoxicated charge.
Thomas has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation by the Dallas Police Department. Thomas is a 22-year veteran of the force and was assigned to the Northwest patrol division.
The arrest occurred around 1 a.m.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
|April Sims (Facebook)|
A Dallas 911 operator has been fired after posting racist messages against African-Americans on her Facebook page.
The Dallas Police Department announced that April Sims, 23, has been fired for violating its social media policy.
Sims’ racially-motivated comments targeting blacks seemed to have been motivated by her time on the job as a 911 operator, which began in November.
“I’m a very easygoing person and I will give the shirt off my back to help others,” Sims wrote in another message, “but when call after call are black people fighting and screaming and hitting each other and they want to yell at me and treat me like [expletive] when I’m trying to help, is not cool.”
When asked by another Facebook member what she thought Dallas Police Chief David Brown would make of her statements, Sims was defiant.
“I stand by every word I said,” Sims wrote. “And do not apologize.”
The Dallas police policy on social media expressly forbids employees from posting messages on social networking sites that negatively affect morale, confidence and respect for the department.
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