|Alexis Alpha before and after beating|
It’s been awhile since we posted a bad cop story, but this douchebag certainly makes up for lost time. I am speaking of San Marcos police corporal James Palermo, who was arrested for allegedly beating a Texas State University student from the Woodlands.
According to investigators, 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.
“I wasn’t the only one who walked between the cars,” Alpha said in an exclusive interview with KHOU-TV in Houston. “Several people walked between them. I was just the one he called out.”
An altercation took place and, according to witnesses, 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.
The chief said two years ago, an excessive force complaint was filed against Palermo but it 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.