Galveston grandmother says officer gave her black eye, bruises


by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 11:20 PM

GALVESTON—A Galveston police officer has been relieved of duty after a 59-year-old grandmother was nursing a fracture to her eye following an altercation that she said ought to get the officer fired.

Caroline Wade suffered a black eye and several bruises to her leg during the incident, which took place Halloween night.

The grandmother of four said she called police to talk to her 14-year-old granddaughter who had threatened to run away from home.

But instead of talking sense into her, Wade said an officer placed her in handcuffs.

Then she said the officer man-handled her pregnant daughter.

When wade asked the man what he was doing, she claimed he called her a coward, placed her in handcuffs and slammed her head against the wall.

“He should not be a police officer,” said Wade.  “He should be fired and he should be prosecuted for what he did.  He should feel what we felt.”

According to police, the officer claimed Wade got injured when she tripped and fell.  But supervisors who responded to the scene that night quickly determined the officer’s story didn’t add up.

The officer, whose name has not been released, is a three-year veteran of the force.  He has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

“This is like a kick in the gut,” said Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto.  “We’ll do a full and complete investigation.  We owe that to the public.”

 This story comes from our partnership with the Galveston County Daily News.