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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

  9. Forty is an awkward age to learn how to bear a daily prostrate massage by fellow inmates. Maybe he’ll be more humble toward females when he learns the hard life of a woman?

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