Cpl. James Angelo Palermo, 40, was booked at the Hays County jail on a charge of aggravated assault by a public servant, a first-degree felony. Jail records show bail was not set as of Tuesday evening.
Go read the story on that one. The reason he assaulted that poor girl was because she was walking on the sidewalk past a traffic stop near a business. But it gets better, you see this department has come up before. Not only that but I stumbled across a second current incident!
Officer David Amerson surrendered at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center shortly before 6 a.m. and was released about 9 a.m. His bail was set at $10,000. The charges stem from an investigation by the Hays County Drug Task Force in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety.
Now everyone is innocent until proven guilty and the law is there to protect the innocent so sometimes the guilty may go free. That said that is with regards to the state incarcerating someone and depriving them of their rights. In this case the officers are on administrative leave, and we know if it looks like they are about to really get burned they will just resign and go work some place else doing the same job.
Here’s what bugs me more than anything, it is yet another data point in my theory that departments as a whole are encouraging this type of behavior and it isn’t just a “lone wolf” issue. We are seeing many repeat incidents at the same departments, largely stemming from the fact that they don’t cut the fat until it becomes a serious liability. Even then they don’t cut the fat in a way to terminate it, they just allow it to become someone else’s problem.
State Sponsored Criminal: James Angelo Palermo
State Sponsored Criminal: David Amerson
Because accountability serves no purpose within the police force to discourage bad conduct.