Texas Officer Allegedly Stops Woman For “Walking By His Traffic Stop,” Slams Her Into Car, and Then Into Concrete Sidewalk

PalermoJamesAngelo-1Corporal James Angelo Palermo, 40, of the San Marcos, Texas police department is under arrest today after his department reviewed an arrest of a predestrian who was allegedly roughed up by Palermo in a false arrest. The woman lost two teeth and suffered a concussion. Palermo is now charged with aggravated assault by a public servant.

Palermo had stopped a car at midnight and the woman walked by on the sidewalk. Palermo reportedly stopped her and asked if she was walking by his traffic stop — a curious question since you are allowed to walk by a traffic stop. Palermo however thought otherwise. He demanded her identification. She says that she told him that she had done nothing wrong and that he slammed her against the car and then on the concrete.

The woman may require surgery. Presumably there is a lawsuit in the making.  The department will clearly argue that this was a rogue officer who was promptly charged. However, he was still acting under color of law and as an employee of the department.

Palermo has been with the department since 2000 and remains on paid administrative leave despite the charges.

Source: WTSP

Kudos: Michael Blott

38 thoughts on “Texas Officer Allegedly Stops Woman For “Walking By His Traffic Stop,” Slams Her Into Car, and Then Into Concrete Sidewalk

  1. “Paid administrative leave” will help in the civil lawsuit won’t it?

    I mean, it will help the plaintiff to argue that they kept paying him which means they have not really cut him loose.

  2. He’s done.

    It is most likely there will be other incidents with this officer if he is like other officers who commit these types of assaults. If this is the case with Palermo his department is not going to be able to protect itself by claiming he was a rogue officer due to the negative retention issue they will face.

  3. I agree with Darren. A zebra does not change its stripes. Based on the description of the incident, I have to wonder about steroids.

    Paid administrative leave is standard operating procedure for civil service employees who get into trouble. As soon as Internal Affairs finishes its investigation and issues a report and recommendations, he will be canned, but they must follow civil service rules. I have a feeling the IA investigation will not take long.

  4. Steroids are highly plausible. I’ve seen up close what they can do to people. It isn’t pretty. I had a good friend – had been since high school – who was demoted to acquaintance because of his steroid use.

  5. Dredd, usually paid administrative leave is required as merit system public employees have a due process right to review and respond to charges before being deprived of their income. The issue will be whether the matters moves along the disciplinary track in a reasonable time, and what actions were taken in connection with prior similar allegations.

  6. San Marcos…. Home of the university LBJ went to…. Didn’t say he graduated….. But, it’s a college town……nth is cop needs to go….

  7. He’s got nowhere to go but up in Texas…I’m sure this guy will be a judge soon………Or maybe congress.

  8. Here attorney in the upcoming civil action better be able to pick up a slab of concrete to show the jury ala Zimmerman’s barrister.

  9. The following is excerpts from an interview of a retired San Diego police officer speaking out on the causes of police brutality.

    During my rookie days back in the sixties as a San Diego police officer I used excessive force, more than once. I remember most of the incidents, though I’m sure I’ve conveniently forgotten some. I’m ashamed, wish to hell I hadn’t done it. But I did, and visceral memories of these incidents help shape an answer to the question of why certain cops engage in brutal behavior, and others don’t.

    Apart from the question of why in the world they’d do it with today’s omnipresent cameras rolling, why do certain cops resort to excessive force? Why did I abuse the very people I’d been hired to serve?

    Not to get too psychological, I did it because the power of my position went straight to my head; because other cops I’d come to admire did it; and because I thought I could get away with it. Which I did–until a principled prosecutor slapped me upside the head and demanded to know whether the U.S. Constitution meant anything to me.

    So, how do we prevent this kind of behavior in the future?

    Please don’t say through (1) more thorough screening of law enforcement candidates, or (2) better training. They’re both important, of course. Critical, in fact. But law enforcement, for the most part, doesn’t pick bad apples. It makes them, and not through academy training.

    Forty-three years ago I was an idealistic, vaguely liberal 21-year-old when the San Diego Police Department hired me. The last thing on my mind was taking to the streets to punish people. And lest there be any doubt about the department’s policy. The police academy, even then, drove it home: excessive force was grounds for termination.

    It comes down to this: real cops, those with a conscience, those who honor the law, must step up and take control of the cop culture.

  10. “It comes down to this: real cops, those with a conscience, those who honor the law, must step up and take control of the cop culture.”

    Yep.

  11. Send him back to Palermo. When grandpa came to Ellis Island the custom and immigration guy switched his real name to his home town name. Thought they were doing him a favor because Corleone was not appreciated over here.

  12. itchinbay, Corleone was actually the name of the town where Vito emigrated. The family name was Andolini, and the Ellis Island bureaucrats got it backwards.

  13. J.H., Thanks for your real world perspective and honesty. Your jerk mayor is in a heap of shit! My wife had him pegged as lecherous the first time she saw him. Women can pick that type out of a crowd.

  14. I agree with the observations of the officer J.H. cites in his post above. I have been in the business of screening new hires for four decades. I have consulted with a number of departments across multiple states. I have seen it play out many times. The rookie starts out idealistically, and ends up burned out and cynical.

    If it happens too often, we can assume a crisis of management in that department.

  15. Do you know how badly a cop has to treat someone to get arrested? Getting fired is hard enough, but to be arrested for his actions? Wow. Good thing they got this cop off the streets before he could brutalize more people.

  16. I remember what happened to Serpico. The NYPD was so bad that the NYPD cops took out a contract on his life, and he had to flee the US. Now THAT is a bad police force and management.

  17. JH gets to the heart of the matter and explains why I don’t denigrate LEO’s as a whole, but the system and politicians that enable bad behavior. The young officer is initiated into an exclusive fraternity, that is simultaneously powerful and yet vulnerable to the pressures of a corrupt society. He either joins with his brothers the good and the bad, or is left to drift alone. Too many good officers look the other way from the bad apples among them and don’t intervene when rookies are led astray. Most LEO’s mean well and many police organizations adhere to the law, the bad ones though stick out and tarnish the whole.

  18. Nick: Re the Corleone family. I know. I was playing on history. Well I know the Godfather is fiction, but I was putting it a-ss backwards on purpose. But, a lot of family names in America were switched, not at birth, but at Ellis Island. Another town that gets abused is Podesta. And Joey Bugnuts is really Joseph Castellano.

  19. itchin, Got it. I can be slow, particularly when it’s hot. All 4 of my grandparents went through Ellis Island. Thankfully, they didn’t screw up any names.

  20. It comes down to this: real cops, those with a conscience, those who honor the law, must step up and take control of the cop culture.

    i agree with the above comment whole heartedly.. But i also feel i must add that in todays society the people joining the force now were bullies as kids and joining the force gives them a badge and gun to go with it.. and not to denigrate the good cops. but when is enough enough? and yes i personally am sick of hearing about how they have to have the rogue cops watch their backs. the truth is no they dont have to have a rogue cop watch their backs on the streets if they got rid of them the minute the rogue stepped over the line.

    No one forces them to join the academy so the adage. ” cops have to deal with so much crap while on duty” is bs. there are many different levels to leo and they need not pick the one that puts them on the streets to interact with people. on top of that. the po lie trickers play a huge part in this because the cops go rogue and when the law suits are filed its the tax payers who pay the costs not the cops so of course they don’t care. also they are no longer encouraged to get to know the community. its now lock them up for any and everything you can. and we all know why that is!!!

    The coming police state can no longer be denied, though it still is and quite vigorously by many. We can now be locked up or given a ticket for trespassing by standing on the sidewalk and talking to family or friends that we happen to be passing by on errands. if you stop on in front of a store or a building the cops can and will lock you up or give you a ticket for loitering. im not speaking on situations that i’ve heard i witnessed these myself. heck i was giving my grandson his 2nd birthday party last summer and went downstairs in front of my building for a few minutes to rest my ears from all the kids running around. i had a cup of ice in my hand standing outside already was my brother and sister just coming from the store with more cups and napkins drinking water and the cops jumped out the van as if they were chasing drug dealers. ran up to us and demanded to know what was in the cups. i offered the cop my cup to smell he refused. my sister turned her cup upside down to show him it was empty. he said i know yall drinking ciroc and we looked at him crazy. i said excuse me but im sure you hear the yells,screams and laughter of all those kids its a kids party no one is drinking anything but soda, juice or water he said i was lying and gave all 3 of us tickets for open containers. we went to court the next month per the ticket and the charges were dropped. all of that for what????? and we wonder why some cops are getting power edged.. they talk to you anyway they want to and will lock you up when you respond in kind… until the good cops put their foot down and we stand together in a united front.. the rogues and polietrickers will win hands down

  21. I know a guy whose grandparents went through Ellis Island arriving here from Poland. The clerk took all of the vowels out of the last name. I wont print it here because he is still alive and well and has not changed the spulling. But it is like : Lkwkpky

  22. Itchin, Taking the one or two vowels out of those long Polish names is just cruel. In the American Polish culture, shortening your name to make it more “American” was looked down upon. Same w/ Italian names. Dick Bennett and his son, Tony both coached big time college basketball. Dick also had a brother who coached Division 2. Bennett grew up in rural Wi. where there was a lot of bigotry toward Italians, that’s why his parents made the name Benedetto, into Bennett. My calm, easygoing old man would get plenty riled @ Americanizing names.

  23. Mike Wallace’s dad was Walichinski or some such and then the kid tried that out for a while and went back to Wallace.

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