HOUSTON There was growing outrage Sunday among Houston s black community over another case of alleged police brutality this time involving a woman under five feet tall.
Annika Lewis, 26, claims several police officers punched her in the face when she tried to record video on her cell phone and later snatched her memory card.
She said several officers were beating her husband after a traffic stop.
I know my rights, she said Sunday at a news conference outside her southeast Houston home. I know that I m able to record. That s why when they told me to 'put that damn camera away,' I told them I m standing on my property and I have my camera in my hand and I m recording you beating my husband.
Lewis husband, Sebastian Prevot, was taken into custody early Friday morning and charged with resisting arrest. Houston police declined to comment on his case and said the incident report would not be available until Monday.
His attorney, Robert Collier, said Sunday that officers had only stopped Prevot for a routine traffic violation after he allegedly failed to come to complete stop before an intersection a few blocks away from his home.
I would like to point out there are certain procedures and protocols for arresting a suspect or anyone for a routine traffic stop, Collier said. Mr. Prevot, from my understanding, didn't have any weapons.
Collier said Prevot denies the charge of resisting arrest, but wouldn telaborate any furtherabout the criminal case against his client.
According to online court records, Prevot does not have any prior criminal history in Harris County.
Activist Deric Muhammad stopped short of calling for Police Chief Charles McClelland s resignation, but he insisted something needed to be done to calm fears among Houston s black community.
The officers allegedly involved in this incident were all white, Muhammad said, and it happenedless than a day after activists held a town hall meeting urging residents to videotape possible police brutality in their neighborhoods.
Muhammad is asking federal investigators to get involved.
What kind of so-called public servant do you have on your staff that we as taxpayers compensate every day that would take his fist and pummel the face of a young woman, 4 foot 11 inches, 103 pounds? Muhammad asked. I would say that only a coward would so such a thing. Only a savage beast would do such a thing and we as a community are angry as hell.
For a second straight day, an HPD spokesperson declined to comment on Lewis claims, reiterating that once Lewis files a formal complaint, it will be taken very seriously.