HOUSTON -- The latest accusations of brutality by the Houston Police Department involve a shooting, a beating and something else slow and sloppy investigations by HPD s Internal Affairs Division.

And one of the alleged victims is a Houston basketball legend.

Michael Young said he still cannot figure it out.

I'm saying why? Why me? Why did this guy choose to hit me, Young said.

He s describing an incident two days before Christmas last year outside a shoe store in the 3600 Block of Old Spanish Trial. A 15-year veteran Houston police officer was working crowd control outside the store, as long lines of customers waited to purchase newly-released Air Jordan basketball shoes.

Young was there helping his teenage son.

He got his shoes, we're getting out of here, we're going home, and out of nowhere, I get whacked, Young said.

He said it was a blow to his head by the officer s nightstick.

Young: When I turned to see who hit me, he was getting ready to hit me again.

I-Team: Did you do anything to this officer?

Young: Absolutely nothing.

I-Team: Did you say anything to this officer?

Young: I asked him one thing, 'Why did you hit me'? And he said that I elbowed him.

I-Team: Did you elbow him?

Young: No.

In fact, a store security guard wrote up an offense report listing the HPD officer as a suspect. It corroborated how the officer came from behind striking Young in the back of the head.

And that s not all.

Then as he was walking away, he said n***** I will kill you, Young said.

Young said he later went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a concussion.

He stands 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds.

It was quite a blow, he said.

I tell you I've played sports for a long time and I've been injured and I've been hit before, I've never felt anything like that, Young said.

And that is the twist in this latest chapter of HPD alleged police brutality Young is no ordinary Houstonian.

He s part of the famed University of Houston Phi Slamma Jamma squad from back in the 1980s. As one of only five players in the program s storied history to have their number retired, he s widely considered a local role model who has never left his roots.

(I m) proud! I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Houston is home for me, Young said.

Which is why he said the treatment by Houston's finest hurts even more.

I have high respect for the law and I teach my kids to, officers like that shouldn't be on the street, Young said.

What comes to my mind is that there's a thug with a badge out there, said Reginald McKamie, Young s attorney.

McKamie said after the incident, things went from bad to worse.

They were just sweeping it under the rug, he said.

Despite his client filing a complaint from the start, McKamie said HPD Internal Affairs waited. Not a few days, or even a few weeks, but a month and a half to contact Young.

And that s not all.

They have not spoken with Mr. Young's two sons. There were many witnesses out there that internal affairs has not spoken with, McKamie said.

But it doesn't end there. Just 10 months earlier, the very same officer was accused of another case of police brutality. This time, it wasn t with a nightstick, but a gun.

He acted like Rambo, like a mad cop, Steven Guidry said.

Guidry was stopped for not using a turn signal on a side street in southeast Houston.

He left the scene in a stretcher.

Pulled me over, snatched me out of my vehicle, drug me, and shot me, Guidry said.

The accused officer, Brenton Green, said he had no immediate comment about either incident.

I'll give you a statement once I talk to my attorney, Green said.

Green had claimed Guidry ignored his commands to pull over and get out. He also said he appeared to reach for a weapon. No weapon was ever found.

I didn't get a command, I was waiting for him to give us a command on what he wanted, did he want a license, did he want us to get out, what did he want me to do? Guidry said.

Despite that, prosecutors charged Guidry with interfering with the duties of a public servant. But the trial brought out real problems with the officer's story. For instance, in Green s initial sworn statement after the shooting, Green claimed he fired one time in his upper body area. But it turns out that area was the back of Guidry s neck.

When the bullet hit here it shattered most of my throat, Guidry said as he pointed to the scars along his neck.

Guidry's trial ended in a hung jury--a mistrial--and the Harris County District Attorney s Office wound up dismissing the case.

And what about internal affairs? Despite the shooting, the surgery, the charges, and everything that happened, Guidry says to this day, he hasn t heard a peep.

They haven't talked to me, they haven't called me, it's a breakdown of the system because who's policing the police? Guidry said.

So the I-Team we went to the head of internal affairs, HPD Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden, who told us he didn t review the case, other than to confirm it was not sustained, meaning Officer Green did nothing wrong.

Beyond that:

Dirden: Investigations that are closed are confidential as a matter of law, so I can't have a conversation with you about what happened, or what didn't happen about Mr. Guidry.

I-Team: But you didn't even do your homework Chief.

Dirden: No I did my homework, I know what my homework is.

Internal affairs needs to control what's going on out there, said McKamie, who is still waiting for HPD to rule on his client s case.

We all know that being a police officer is a tough job, and we want them to protect and we want them to serve, but we don't want them to beat us, and we don't want them to shoot us, McKamie said.
While two months have gone by since Young filed his complaint, Dirden said it is normal for internal affairs cases to take four to six months to complete.

As for the Guidry case, the Harris County District Attorney s Office reserves the right to re-file charges, but there is no indication when or if that will happen.

As for Officer Green and the shooting, the DA s office presented the case to a grand jury back in September, and it was no-billed, meaning there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges.

Read or Share this story: