Thin Blue Line Crossed: San Marcos Texas Police Chief Arrests Two Police Officers in Separate IncidentsSubmitted by RobHino on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 22:39
Two San Marcos police officers have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Corporal James Palermo is charged with aggravated assault by a public servant and Officer David Amerson is accused of obtaining controlled substances by fraud.
Both officers are on administrative leave and still receiving payroll. However, now that formal charges have been filed, both are expected to be fired by next week.
Chief Howard Williams responded to the drug and excessive forces charges July 17.
"It's personally painful to think any officer, much less ones under my command would engage in this kind of conduct," Williams said.
The back-to-back arrests involve unrelated incidents.
The first case involves Palermo, in which he allegedly threw a woman to the ground, breaking her teeth and causing a concussion after she walked on the scene of a traffic stop in May. According to court documents, Palermo claimed the Texas State student was obstructing his work.
"He was without probable cause to make any arrest in this situation and his use of force was completely unreasonable and without legal justification," Williams said.
It's my opinion that overnight there could be a culture shift if more Police Chiefs decided to clean-up their houses. I think I might just email Chief William Howard and commend him for these arrests. It would be nice to see the Police Chiefs of Austin, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, New Braunfels, and San Antonio get together and go on a corrupt-cop round-up. If we could clean up the LEOs and restore some public trust and confidence, maybe we could move next to the legislature.