HOUSTON — A highly decorated war veteran who served in the Navy in Iraq and Afghanistan said he feels let down by police officers sworn to protect and serve.
Derik Marcel Elizarraras was proud to serve his country.
“I served my country just like my father served my country and my grandfather served my country,” he said. “I want justice and I want them to pay for what they did.”
What Houston police officers allegedly did took place in the front driveway of his mother’s southeast Houston home.
Elizarraras said he was followed there by the driver of a pickup truck who was convinced he had been cut off on the road.
“And I tell him sir, how can I cut you off when I was behind you. And he said no, no, no, I’m tired of this,” he said.
Then he said the man identified himself as a cop and pulled out a gun, although he refused to show a badge and was not wearing a uniform.
The victim’s brother ran inside to call 911.
But that’s when the other man called police.
“He said an officer needs assistance,” said Elizarraras.
The assistance that arrived was Houston police officers who allegedly proceeded to beat Elizarraras.
“They slammed him to the ground and that’s when the altercation ensued, said the victim’s brother Michael Elizarraras.
Elizarraras was not charged with a crime. Paramedics transported him to the hospital where he was treated for severe cuts and bruises.
Elizarraras is filing a formal complaint against HPD.
A local activist is demanding an outside probe.
A police spokesperson said the allegation will be thoroughly investigated.