GALVESTON A police officer was relieved of duty while authorities investigate a woman s claims that the man verbally and physically assaulted her.
Carolyn Wade, 59, told The Daily News she called police about 5:30 p.m. Halloween night, hoping an officer could simply talk to her 14-year-old granddaughter, who was contemplating running away.
I thought if I called police, perhaps they could talk to her, diffuse the situation, Wade said.
What transpired led Wade, who is black, to believe the white officer s actions might have been racially motivated.
Galveston police Chief Henry Porretto didn t release the name of the officer, saying he had not been charged. The officer was relieved of duty with pay until the department completes its internal investigation.
I take all the allegations of ... improper conduct seriously, Porretto said. The field supervisors and commanders all did the right thing.
No charges were filed in the case, and police had not received a written complaint, Porretto said.
Wade accused the officer of using profanity toward her granddaughter. Wade declined to name her relatives.
He throws her on the couch, Wade said. I guess he didn t think she was moving fast enough. She wasn t saying anything. She s doing what she does when she s scared. She smiled.
Wade accused the officer of calling her a coward for not whipping her granddaughter, Wade said.
The officer handcuffed the teen, Wade said. Wade followed them to the patrol car.
He was yelling at me, Wade said. The whole neighborhood heard it.
Police interviewed neighbors. Wade believed 10 people witnessed the incident outside her home in the 3500 block of Sealy.
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