A San Marcos Police Corporal was placed on administrative leave after accusations surfaced he allegedly assaulted and seriously injured a women as he arrested her.
40-year-old James Palermo was charged with aggravated assault with seriously bodily injury by a public servant, which is a first-degree felony.
According to police, Palermo is accused of illegally detaining a 22-year-old woman, charging her with obstructing an investigation, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
She suffered serious injuries during the arrest according to San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams who addressed the media on Wednesday.
"Corporal Palermo then threw her face first into the pavement to handcuff her," said Chief Williams. "In doing so, the woman suffered a concussion and had at least two broken teeth."
Chief Williams said Wednesday Palermo was without probable cause to make an arrest. "His use of force was completely unreasonable and without legal justification." said Chief Williams.
Palermo has been with the San Marcos Police Department since 2000 and a corporal since 2010.