07/15/2011

Video: Officer punches suspect, is relieved of duty

A news crew had filmed the incident, which went under an internal investigation, from a helicopter

By James Pinkerton
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Texas — Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland confirmed a uniformed policewoman who punched a handcuffed robbery suspect in the face on Thursday has been relieved of duty during an internal affairs investigation.

The incident was filmed by a news crew, and the video was brought to McClelland's office for review.

"Prior to me personally viewing the video, supervisors down the chain of command acted appropriately by initiating an internal affairs investigation and relieving this officer of duty pending the outcome of the investigation,“ read a statement issued by McClelland.

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