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Just when you think the law enforcement industry has few-to-no internal checks and/or balances, a department up and surprises you by arresting one of its own for breaking the law. That's the case in San Marcos, Texas, anyway, where a patrolman was arrested today for assaulting a pedestrian.
According to KVUE, Cpl. James Palermo of the San Marcos PD was conducting a traffic stop around 1 a.m. on May 29 when a pedestrian happened to walk by his patrol car and the car of the driver Palermo had pulled over (for driving the wrong way down a one-way street). What happened next isn't all that uncommon in the annals of Cops Who Like to Throw Their Weight Around:
A pedestrian walking by was called over by Palermo and asked why she was walking by his traffic stop. He then asked for the woman's identification.The Austin American-Statesman provides some more context on the exchange (Hat tip to commenter John Thacker):
She didn't look or talk to Palermo or the driver as she walked by, and she didn't make any suspicious movements or gestures, the affidavit says.After a seemingly lengthy internal investigation Palermo was charged today with "aggravated assault with serious bodily injury by a public servant, a first degree felony," according to a statement from the San Marco PD.
BTW: "obstruction of justice" is code for not doing whatever a cop tells you to do the second he tells you to do it.