Officer Charged For Assaulting Random Female Pedestrian, Knocking Her Teeth Out

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A Texas police officer has been jailed after a police affidavit revealed he allegedly battered, without provocation, an innocent female pedestrian who happened to be walking near the scene of an unrelated late-night traffic stop.

The affidavit, written by another police officer who reviewed documentation of the May 29 incident, alleges Cpl. James Palermo of the San Marcos Police Department had stopped a car at about 1 a.m. for driving the wrong way on a one-way street. As he questioned the driver, he noticed the pedestrian — whom the affidavit alleges didn’t look at or talk to either Palermo or the stopped motorist and didn’t exhibit any “suspicious” behavior — and called her over to the scene, where he began questioning her about walking near the scene.

The woman, 22-year-old Texas State University student Alexis Alpha, told Palermo she didn’t believe she had done anything wrong. Their interaction became more acrimonious when she couldn’t immediately produce the identification Palermo allegedly had demanded.

As the officer dialed up the verbal heat, the victim allegedly advised him to conduct traffic stops elsewhere if he didn’t like where she was walking, called him a “dick” and observed that he appeared to simply be exorcising his pre-existing bad mood on her.

She had no idea.

Palermo allegedly responded by grabbing her, pushing her against the stopped motorist’s Toyota Prius, and then slamming her to the concrete, where he sat on her back. He allegedly cuffed her and placed her in his patrol vehicle, telling her she was being arrested for obstruction.

The assault knocked out two of Alpha’s teeth. Palermo took her to Central Texas Medical Center, where medical staff advised her she also had sustained a concussion and would need follow-up care, which could involve multiple surgeries. So Palermo took Alpha to the jail and slapped on two more charges: resisting arrest and public intoxication.

Alpha never filed a complaint over her assault. In fact, the police themselves discovered Palermo’s attack after reviewing footage from his patrol car’s dashboard video camera. The department obtained warrants for his arrest following an internal investigation and booked him into the Hays County Law Enforcement Center on July 16 for aggravated assault with serious bodily injury by a public servant — a first-degree felony that carries a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. He had been on paid administrative leave since the internal investigation had begun in early June, and is now on indefinite unpaid leave as the legal process unfolds.

San Marcos Police Chief Howard E. Williams told the San Marcos Mercury:

I won’t prejudge the [internal] investigation. I have not heard what the officer has to say yet and I’ll reserve judgment until that happens. But there are standards and I think it’s fairly obvious what we think about his conduct that night in that we were the ones that went down and filed the criminal charges. … I believe what he did was criminal.

Palermo, who had worked for the department since 2000, was the subject of a complaint two years ago alleging excessive use of force, but that complaint was dismissed.

Read the affidavit, filed by San Marcos Officer Penny Dunn, here.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

  • Harold Olsen

    Obviously a prime candidate for membership in Obama’s private Gestapo. He meets the criteria necessary. Violate a person’s civil rights and freedoms. Another cop who thinks his badge makes him a god. It’s becoming an epidemic in this country. The left claims that one of the reasons guns should be banned in this country is because we have the police to protect us. Well, who the hell is going to protect us from the police?

    • mark

      Right, you have to be able to shoot to death the police if they rough you up. And police should not have the right to take away the guns of the people they arrest or detain. This cop get’s his day in court just like everyone else. This whole article is nothing but allegations. You can’t convict a police officer solely on allegations anymore than you can convict George Zimmermann using the same criteria.

      • Jim S

        Once again you prove your lack of ability to comprehend beyond a 3rd grade level and discuss the case on evidence without invoking the Zimmerman case. This is completely different than the Zimmerman case, so give it a rest. This man was sworn to uphold the law. He broke it. He assaulted an innocent pedestrian. It’s on video, not allegations. The affidavit was filed after fellow officers reviewed the video. Should I use smaller words for you or do you understand?

        • mark

          The entire Rodney King beating by over 30 L.A. police officers was also on video. And the all-white jury found the 4 officers charged not guilty just like the all-white jury found George Zimmermann not guilty. Just because you have a crime on film does not mean that the crime occurred. All-white juries have proven such notions false over and over again in court after court throughout the land. And majority white populations have applauded them for it. It is called “white man’s justice” and it almost always prevails. If the woman with the 2 broken teeth in this case was of color, an all-white jury will find the cop innocent regardless of the video. Come on, wake up! This is America we are talking about. Don’t you know anything about our history?

          • Vigilant

            “Just because you have a crime on film does not mean that the crime occurred.”

            Another brain fart by Marky. Duh, if it’s a crime it’s a crime.

            Either learn the rules of the English language or seek help for that abysmal lack of skill in logic.

      • Chester

        Here, though, we have some actual evidence besides a dead body and the survivor’s word as to how it got that way. If it hadn’t been for this cop’s own dashboard camera, he might well have gotten away with it, as the girl never filed charges. Doesn’t much sound like she is going to sue, either, no matter the noise in here.

      • AMERICAN PATRIOT

        So, physical violence with PROOF is not enough to convict a NAZI COP?
        Damn, do you need MORE to CONVICT a badge wearing TERRORIST, aside from knocking teeth from someone that was NEVER involved?
        I would take my revenge on this RETARD if that were my family member! Who do these NAZIS think they are?
        REVENGE is a dish best served cold!

      • Vigilant

        “Right, you have to be able to shoot to death the police if they rough you up.”

        Where the Hell did THAT come from? Are you hearing voices in your head again, Marky? No one here said it.

  • Robert S Redfern

    This is only the start. Just like the decline and fall of constitutional government, fascist thinking is gaining ground.

    • Vigilant

      Interesting statement, since the article is decidedly about the police Dept. doing something right.

      So this is “only the start” of what? Police Depts. holding their officers strictly accountable?

  • msueh

    So, this is why the guy is 40 y.o. and still just a corporal. Looks like IA is on it though; he won’t find prison life easy for ex-LEOs…

    • Average_Joe56

      The sad reality is, as an ex- cop, he won’t be placed in the general population. Even in prison, cops are still special…since everyone in jail is there as a direct result of a police officer. He will get his own private room in a special section of the prison…set aside for police and other well known public figures who end up behind bars.
      .

      • Chester

        Most likely he WILL go to general population, just not in his home state. Most LEOs wind up on interstate compact tours, winding up a LOOONG way from where they fell.

      • AMERICAN PATRIOT

        General population, so they know FIRST HAND, what PRISON LIFE is REALLY ABOUT, and then, he will KNOW what LIFE behind bars is all about!
        To police: YOU brak the law, and assault the people, YOU WILL PAY WITH YOUR LIFE or FREEDOM!

  • mkkms

    And why is it that progressives only trust the cops with guns? That clown needs to spend some time in prison! The love cops there!

    • AMERICAN PATRIOT

      Cops should NEVER be allowed to carry ANY firearm on duty, NON LETHAL OPTIONS are the ONLY viable means!

  • Sunflower

    Tax-payers should not have to foot the bill for incidents like this. The cop himself should have to pay for the medical expenses and damages caused to citizens by the cop’s unconstitutional behavior.

    • mathis1689

      Agreed. He should have to pay all medical expenses plus some serious money for acting like the fool that he is AFTER he’s fired and permanently banned from ever under any circumstances having any kind of law enforcement or security job whatsoever.

      • AMERICAN PATRIOT

        I think a LIFE sentence in PRISON would also suit him quite well. But NO parole, his CRIMES were ABOVE anything acceptable in this society!
        The NAZI COP is nothing but a TERRORIST!

        • mathis1689

          Fully agree. Hitler and Stalin would have been proud of him.

  • Toy Pupanbai

    This 40 year old brute is, 6’3”, 260 lbs.

    http://smmercury.com/2013/07/16/san-marcos-cop-faces-felony-rap-for-assaulting-woman-during-illegal-arrest/

    I understand that the charges against Ms Alpha have not been dropped!
    I don’t understand why she is not filing a complaint?

    • dan

      procedure and rules of evidence…likely dropped at the arraignment .
      It’s a lawyer thang….so she can sue them (and US) back to the stone age.

  • ZeroabsolutlyNone

    About time.

  • banjo kid

    I am glad that there are police officers that are with in the rule of law , the ones that filed the charges are to be commended; .to often this is covered up and we as American citizens lose some more of our liberty and freedoms .

  • Fedup

    Why hasn’t the S.O.B. already been fired?!

    • mark

      Because, he gets to have a trial to determine if he is innocent or guilty, same as George Zimmermann.

      • dan

        well that and the police union ….

      • Jim S

        Not true. He can be fired without a trial, just like the New England Patriots cut Hernandez loose as soon as he was arrested. And since you are such an authority on the Zimmerman case, please tell me what law he broke that resulted in his trial. That trial was all for political show and was never about the law. Zimmerman broke no laws and should have never been tried.

        • mark

          Most police are in unions that have strong rules and agreements with their cities to protect their members’ employment rights. They are generally put on paid leave after they are accused of a serious conduct violation or a crime while they are awaiting trial or an administrative hearing. They are not fired. That takes place if and when they are found guilty. NFL athletes don’t have these same protections with their private enterprise teams. George Zimmermann was charged with second-degree murder and the possibility of voluntary manslaughter for which he was found not guilty on both counts by the jury. Under our system, people are not brought to trial for a law that they have broken. They brought to trial to determine whether the accusation of a law that they have broken is correct or false. A jury makes this finding and in the case of George Zimmermann, the jury found him innocent of all charges just as a jury found O.J. Simpson innocent of all charges in the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.

          • Alan

            Correction. The juries found neither Zimmerman nor O.J. “innocent” but rather “not guilty”. There’s a big difference.

          • AMERICAN PATRIOT

            NOT GUILTY Is the SAME as innocent, in COURT, the verdict means the same thing.

          • Vigilant

            As in “Alex is not guilty of having common sense and is innocent of any awareness of it.”

          • Vigilant

            ” A jury makes this finding and in the case of George Zimmermann, the jury found him innocent of all charges just as a jury found O.J. Simpson innocent of all charges in the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.”

            Oh, so now you’re a champion of the jury system? You just get off dissing the Zimmerman decision and now you are defending it?

            Better start thinking with the left side of the brain, ’cause your cognitive dissonance has reached the level of total brain meltdown.

        • rhondareichel

          that’s probably in Hernandez’s contract

  • Blank Reg

    Problem is, guys like this are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Sooner or later, We the People are going to have to take steps.

    • mark

      “Sooner or later, We the People are going to have to take steps.” That is all the posters on this site always say. What are you waiting for? Start your revolution now. Or are you all cowards like Zimmermann? You only want to shoot and kill unarmed people – not the fully armed police and U.S. military. Take you shot. Try to bring down this “gangster government.” I can’t wait. It will be the shortest and most quickly crushed revolution in history.

  • mark

    Why the outrage over this? George Zimmermann shot dead a random male pedestrian. If only he just knocked a couple of his teeth out instead of shooting him dead we never even would have had a trial or controversy.

    • Dawn Garland

      and he only did that AFTER trayvon smashed in his head, busted up his nose-quit trying to make trayvon the thug out to be so innocent…he wasn’t he was a druggie and a thief!

      • mark

        Zimmermann was the guy with the record for assaulting a police officer not Trayvon. Zimmermann was also the coward who couldn’t take a beating for a confrontation he provoked after being told by the police to back off and let them handle it. So instead he shot to death an unarmed 17-year- old, the typical act of a coward. I took a couple of beatings as a kid but I never knifed or shot to death the person who defeated me in a fight. But then again I wasn’t a coward or a murderer like your hero Zimmermann.

        • mark

          Before you accuse others of being illiterate, ridge runner, do a spell check of your own posts. I have a hard time understanding many of your racist posts though I always get the drift: you hate black and Hispanic people you consider them all subhuman, you think they should all be shot or in prison. How original. You must feel right at home on this site.

          • John

            Bravo liberal!!!! you have once again proven that you are a full blown brainwashed communist. Keep shouting the party line, in time the United States KGB may hire you.

          • MOS was 71331

            Or possibly the 0bama administration! You’d fit right in.

          • rhondareichel

            Nothing wrong with this site Mark….people like that are EVERYWHERE

        • John

          mark you do a very good job of twisting the facts and truth. Trayvon had a record of casing homes in THAT neighborhood and breaking and entering and stealing jewelry. Caught red handed several times and still walking the streets. So you liberal jerk wad go ahead an keep lying, that is what liberals do. By all means keep reading the communist newspapers and avoid the truth at all costs so you can keep your brain washing intact.

          • mark

            No actually you are wrong, Trayvon was never charged or convicted with any crimes. He had no juvenile or adult record. Yes, he was suspended a couple of times from school for truancy, having a marijuana pipe, for writing some graffiti. Yes, he had jewelry in his backpack and a screwdriver that police thought might be a burglary tool but he was never charged with any crime over this, they just took the jewelry away from him and conducted an investigation that came up blank. He was never charged with casing houses.

            George Zimmerman on the other hand was charged with assaulting a police officer that was plea bargained down to a misdemeanor. And he had a restraining order against him requested by an ex-fiance over domestic violence. There is no brain washing involved here. These are simply the public facts about the case. See:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Trayvon_Martin

          • Marc Vellat

            No investigation was ever held regarding the stolen jewelry which Trayvon claimed to be “holding for a friend”. The libtard Superintendent of Public Instruction, Alberto Carvalho, had issued standing orders to his private police force to minimize the involvement of minority youth with the REAL police department, so it was swept under the rug just like Trayvon’s other transgressions. The evidence was bagged & tagged as “found items” and no police report filed; meanwhile, the real cops were investigating the burglary of those very items but had no way to put two & two together due to the lack of a proper report. Check out Trayvon’s social media history for some insight into what he was about. Drug & gun dealing, burglary, DXM abuse….this was no angel, if George Zimmerman did in fact “profile” him he should be congratulated for the accuracy of his perception. It took Trayvon over 40 minutes to walk the .8mi back from the 7-11; what do you think he was up to for that extra half-hour in the rain if NOT casing homes for burglaries as GZ suspected?

          • Vigilant

            “These are simply the public facts about the case.”

            The “public facts about the case” are that Zimmerman was tried and found not guilty. Live with it.

            Neither you nor Rhonda would have been found acceptable for jury duty by either the defense or the prosecution.

          • rhondareichel

            What is worse….stealing or killing? I’d say killing is. If Z had shot T as he was burglarizing him I’d take his side but he didn’t even see a crime committed….just anticipated one

          • Vigilant

            “If Z had shot T as he was burglarizing him I’d take his side…”

            You just said killing was worse than stealing, then follow it with an idiotic statement supporting death for a burglar. You, my dear, are certifiably wacko. And if that had been the way it went down Z would have been spending time in prison for such an act.

            As for “…but he didn’t even see a crime committed….just anticipated one,” that’s as bald faced a lie as you can fabricate. Trayvon’s assault on Z was a crime, whether or not with intent to kill.

      • rhondareichel

        Neither of those 2 were angels. That’s why it’s hard to take Zimmerman’s side for me.

        • MOS was 71331

          Didn’t know you had to be an angel to be allowed to defend your life — and avoid becoming an angel.

        • Vigilant

          That’s just about the most illogical statement I’ve seen.

          Goes to show that liberals think with their emotions and leave objective fact completely out of the equation.

        • Vigilant

          That’s just about the most illogical statement I’ve seen.

          Goes to show that liberals think with their emotions and leave objective fact completely out of the equation.

    • RB

      And you are from what planet? George Zimmerman shot and killed a young man who was beating him to the point that he feared for his life. Disagree or not over whether this was justified or not Mr. Zimmerman #1 had the injuries to prove he was assaulted #2 was tried in a public court and #3 was found not guilty of any of a variety of charges not related to stand your ground because the prosecution couldn’t find any evidence he did not act within the law. His victom was not random.
      Now where may I ask is your outrage over the 10 murders DAILY that are happening in Chicago? Innocent people are being slaughtered in ther own neighborhoods daily and yet there are no cries for justice for the people of Chicago. Why is that?

      • rhondareichel

        Well….that’s George’s story anyway…..who attacked who there? I wouldn’t have followed or confronted him and I’d let the police handle it. George will always be looking over his shoulder from now on….I guess that’s some sort of punishmet.
        This cop displayed the same reasoning as Zimmerman except he stopped short of shooting her… judge, jury and executioner.

        • MOS was 71331

          Yes, it was George’s story. It was also the story of an eye witness who saw Trayvon on top of George and bouncing George’s head on asphalt. George’s story also was totally consistent with the injuries received by both individuals.

        • Vigilant

          That jury saw and heard one Hell of a lot more detailed evidence than you did. The prosecution participated in choosing jury members and were satisfied with the results.

          If the prosecution mishandled their case (and withheld vital evidence), that’s the fault of the state, not George Zimmerman.

          That’s why we have juries instead of having cases decided by obviously biased (and no doubt racist) idiots like yourself.

        • Vigilant

          That jury saw and heard one Hell of a lot more detailed evidence than you did. The prosecution participated in choosing jury members and were satisfied with the results.

          If the prosecution mishandled their case (and withheld vital evidence), that’s the fault of the state, not George Zimmerman.

          That’s why we have juries instead of having cases decided by obviously biased (and no doubt racist) idiots like yourself.

      • kirkmcloren

        Doesn’t make political hay.

    • ridge runner

      This female wasn’t casing the neighborhood, and wasn’t hiding out to waylay the4 officer, or break the cops nose. The black thug got what he deserved. Plus the black thug was a constant drain on society, like dog waste.

    • speedle24

      Random male pedestrian? When are the thick heads of liberals going to be penetrated by the facts? The punk “attacked” Zimmerman and he got what he deserved, period. By the way, Martin was doing a helluva lot more to Zimmerman than knocking out a couple of teeth.

      • Vigilant

        “When are the thick heads of liberals going to be penetrated by the facts?”

        Alas, never…theirs is a mental condition.

  • mike austin

    If that were my daughter, the cop would get 10x what he did to her.

  • dan

    psychotic behavior….have to check this cop for steroid abuse….
    there’s a lot of it going around because feel they have to bulk up to withstand
    PCP/Bathsalt addled 220lb Trayvonista’s

    • dan

      should have added Drank addled (skittles,watermelon drink and

      codeine laced cough syrup…a ghetto-thug favorite)

    • ridge runner

      If there is a chance for any type of drug abuse, the poor gehhetto idiots who have no walk about money, no jobs, and still have cash for drugs, junk food, high dollar get ups with lots of bling. When Idiots claim pot makes people calm, that is BS, because every pot head I’ve worked with for 30 years, get paranoid and dream up supposed slights.

      • senior65gal .

        you are definitely out of line with your skewed thinking. Where is your heart for the abused victim. Doesn’t matter if she is a drug head or city council member…she is human and was certainly assaulted.

  • Alan

    Can you say lawsuit ?

  • justus brother

    Any settlements should include medical,dental and vision insurance for life. Compliments of the San Marcos police union.

  • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

    Terrible actions by this officer. It is refreshing to see that there are still police departments in towns across the country that review dashcam videos on their own & take action against abusive officers on their own before a complaint or lawsuit is even filed. Gives us hope that there are still good police departments in areas of the country. And as other people have commented, police departments must more fully & comprehensively vet officers before hiring them, especially for anger issues & God-complex issues. In such a stressful job, it is probably wise to give every officer a phycological evaluation every so often to see how they are handling the pressure & if any anger issues have surfaced.

  • Redshirt

    If she were my daughter, I would tell the thug to take off his uniform and meet me in the street- and bring your gun; then, we will settle this like men– and let God figure it all out.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    All i can say is i guess there are some police that are on the up and up , I live in Texas and happy to see the police dept. in San Marcos is doing what they are payed to do . GOOD JOB !

  • Troo

    You know, this is the danger in getting police or military all pumped up and seeing everyone as a potential enemy. though most will not get carried away, there are always those who will get carried away. You can’t stop them all. Roman soldiers had this belief that fighting should be done with cool minds, not wild emotions. This was the only way discipline could be kept among the ranks in battle. But we have lost that knowledge in this dangerous day and age. those at the top have truly gone mad and ordered their “enforcers” to do the same.

    Try and stay out of trouble, but as we read here, this poor girl was staying our of trouble and still got dragged in. Insanity prevails. A sign of the times, very dangerous times.

  • IBCAMN

    i believe this corrupt cop saw someone to blame for what should have been a quick stop an release,but it was more of lets stop the pretty girl and show her i’m god!!
    my opinion about cops is they are all corrupt and the cops who found out of this case are just crooked cops covering their asses or bucking for promotion at end of their time as a cop(bigger pension)
    i don’t know both sides of the story,but im betting the cop is just plain evil and deserves everything he’s gonna get!and the gal should sue to the fullest extent of the law!!

  • Guest

    Bravo San Marcus Police Dept. !!! I am impressed.

  • http://betamaxmas.com/ Major Domo

    On July 19, San Marcos Police Chief Howard E. Williams took media
    questions about the arrest of Cpl. James Palermo for causing injuries to
    a 22-year-old Texas State University student during the course of what
    his supervisor calls an illegal arrest. Palermo was arrested July 16 and
    charged with aggravated assault by a public servant. The next day, a
    second San Marcos cop was arrested on an unrelated charge. Officer David
    Amerson is accused of obtaining controlled substances by fraud for
    soliciting prescription drugs, including narcotic painkiller Oxycontin,
    from multiple doctors.

    It looks to me that Chief of Police Howard E. Williams is on top of his game. Keep up the good work Mr. Williams. We need more police departments to follow your example and reign in the overzealous cops we hear about so often.

  • http://betamaxmas.com/ Major Domo
  • Ibn Insha

    Law Enforcement Officers should also have term limits. These people are out of control. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.