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Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe has dropped criminal charges against Alexis Alpha, the 22-year-old Texas State student whom a San Marcos police officer is accused of roughing up during an illegal arrest.

Alexis Alpha

Alexis Alpha

Alpha lost two teeth and suffered a concussion when Cpl. James Palermo allegedly slammed her face-first on a concrete driveway in the course of detaining her early May 29 in downtown San Marcos. Palermo was arrested July 16 and charged with aggravated assault by a public servant, a first-degree felony punishable by five years to life in prison.

As late as Friday, Hays County court records showed Alpha was scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 3 for charges that included obstructing an investigation, a third-degree felony; resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor; and public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. But First Assistant District Attorney Fred Weber told the Mercury on Friday that he dropped charges against Alpha on June 6 and that prosecutors would seek to have the arrest expunged from her record.

Weber said the charges were listed as pending on the county’s criminal record website in error and that he was working with the district clerk’s office to have them removed. By Sunday evening, a search for Alpha’s name on the website returned no results.

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7 thoughts on “Update: DA drops charges against woman in police brutality case

  1. According to the SM Mercury, a San Marcos police officer is accused of “roughing up” Ms. Alpha? Really? “Roughing up?” She lost two teeth and suffered a concussion when she was slammed face-first onto a concrete driveway! She experienced a potential life-threatening assault. Why minimize it?

  2. That dirty cop needs to go to prison & the girl will hopefully bring a major lawsuit against SMPD & James Palermo.

  3. Maybe the follow up story should be how many charges against others have been dropped recently that Palermo was the arresting officer. Also how his aggressive behavior is well know especially with women.

  4. Hays County is crooked to the highest degree. Their arrest reports are falsified to indict the innocent, creating extremely high bail costs. Crooked police are not charged for felony offenses. Looking the other way from this horrific situation is not acceptable. Something needs to be done.
  5. I agree something needs to be done .
    But unless you have money and can hire yourself a private attorney is about the only way you will be heard.
    And God help you if you can’t hire an attorney, it’s almost like you’re open game. I was told once if you get caught up in the system you’ll never get out, I didn’t understand that then I do now

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