3:17 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 22: KHOU, the Houston CBS affiliate, is the first to land an interview with Alexis Alpha, the 22-year-old Texas State marketing student at the center of an alleged police brutality scandal.
San Marcos police Cpl. James Palermo is charged with aggravated assault by a public servant, a first-degree felony, for allegedly using excessive force in the course of arresting Alpha early on May 29. Alpha broke two teeth and suffered a concussion after being flung face-first into a concrete driveway, police records state.
Palermo had no cause to arrest Alpha, a report for by Cmdr. Penny Dunn concluded, but did so anyway after Alpha called him a foul name.