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|