Last week, a police officer for the San Marcos Police Department in Texas was jailed for knocking a woman’s teeth out during an illegal arrest on May 29.
James Angelo Palermo, 40, was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, while Palermo was conducting a routine traffic stop, he noticed Alexis Alpha, a 22-year-old Texas State marketing student walking by. Despite Palermo having no cause to arrest Alpha, after asking her for identification, he slammed the woman against a car and then onto the pavement, when he says she called him a foul name. The assault resulted in her injuries, which included a concussion.
On May 30, San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams ordered an internal investigation that eventually led to the officer’s arrest and administrative leave, KEYE TV reports.
KHOU, the Houston CBS affiliate, was the first to conduct an interview with Alpha. In the video below, she talks about the incident. Since getting two of her teeth knocked out, she has undergone two root canals and visited the dentist a dozen times to repair her smile.
All three charges against Alpha have been dismissed, while Palermo has been charged with aggravated assault and is on restrictive duty as he awaits the outcome of the investigation. SOURCE