GALVESTON -- A woman allegedly assaulted by a Galveston police officer expressed relief Tuesday after learning that was fired from his job.
Carolyn Wade said Brandon Nelson gave her a black eye and caused several bruises on her leg last Halloween.
“He should never be a police officer again,” said Wade. “To protect and serve is not on his agenda.”
The department permanently relieved Nelson of duty on Tuesday. Nelson had served as a police officer in Galveston for three years.
Nelson had no comment as he left the police headquarters building.
Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto said Nelson’s actions left him with little choice.
“To have a member of this organization violate the trust of the public just cannot be tolerated,” said Porretto.
Wade said she called police last Halloween night to talk to her 14-year-old granddaughter, who had threatened to run away.
But instead of talking sense into her, Wade said an officer placed the teen in handcuffs.
Then, Wade said the officer man-handled her pregnant daughter.
When Wade asked the officer what he was doing, she claimed he called her a coward, placed her in handcuffs and slammed her head against the wall.
“It was insane,” said Wade. “It was absolutely insane.”
Supervisors who responded to the scene that night quickly decided to suspend the officer pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Porretto said the investigation determined the officer behaved inexcusably.
Wade applauded the way the department has handled the case.
“I’m very proud of them. I am. I expected them to band together and try and cover it up, but they didn’t.”
Porretto said the department has no place for rogue officers.
“I think our community should be able to have confidence that we’re going to do the right thing.”
The district attorney’s office will review the results of the police investigation. Authorities said criminal charges could be filed against Nelson.
Nelson has 10 days to decide if he’ll appeal the department’s decision to dismiss him.