A Texas police officer has been jailed after he assaulted a woman who had the audacity to walk by the scene of his traffic stop.
San Marcos, Texas Cpl. James Angelo Palermo
The confrontation with the officer left the woman with a concussion and several missing teeth, an ordeal that is sure to leave her traumatized for a lifetime.
During a midnight shift, 40-year old Corporal James Angelo Palermo, pulled over a Toyota Prius on May 29 around 1:00a.m. for traveling the wrong way down a one-way street.
When a female pedestrian passed by his traffic stop, Cpl. Palermo questioned the woman, asking why she was walking by his stop. He then insisted she provide her identification.
After the woman pronounced her innocence, Cpl. Palermo took immediate action and slammed her against the Prius and onto the concrete.
He then arrested her for obstruction.
Once Cpl. Palermo’s supervisors reviewed the case, the woman was released.
Cpl. Palermo, who had been with the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) for 13 years, was arrested on July 16 for aggravated assault by a public servant.
In a statement issued by the SMPD, “Cpl. James Palermo was charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury by a public servant, a first degree felony, in connection with an incident that occurred May 29 in which a woman suffered serious injuries during an arrest.”
The incident took place in San Marcos, Texas, a popular college town just twenty miles south of Austin, home to Texas State University.
Police Chief Howard Williams ordered an internal investigation on the veteran officer a few days after the incident occurred.
Since June 10, Cpl. Palermo had been placed on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted by the Hays County District Attorney’s Office and by a prosecutor with the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Cpl. Palermo is currently sitting in the Hays County Jail while he awaits his sentencing.