HOUSTON An HPD officer, who the City of Houston admits struck a man with his nightstick, will not face criminal charges.
A Harris County grand jury no-billed Officer Brenton Green of official oppression. Green had previously received a 20-day suspension from the department for striking Michael Young, a former University of Houston basketball star.
Young was out shopping with his son last Christmas Eve when the incident occurred. He was making his way out of a crowded shoe store when out of nowhere, Young said, he was struck on the head from behind.
I mean a hard clunk, Young said of the blow that ultimately sent him to the emergency room with a concussion.
According to a disciplinary report obtained by the I-Team, Senior Officer Brenton Green did violate department rules on use of force. But Young called the 20-day suspension a vacation and said he was hoping HPD would have taken away Green s badge.
Let s look at it like this, if you flip the script, if I hit Officer Green with a deadly weapon, I would get 20 years, Young said. I wouldn t get 20 days, I would get 20 years.
But despite no indictment from the grand jury, Young s attorney said a federal civil lawsuit will proceed.
Because he believes that he s right, he believes police officers should not have a badge to bully people and to beat people, said Reginald McKamie.
Officer Green was represented by an attorney for the Houston Police Officer s Union, who was unavailable for comment.