— The July 2011 punching of a robbery suspect by ex-police officer Angela Horton. A television crew filming from a helicopter captured Horton punching the 16-year-old suspect in the face after he had been arrested and was handcuffed. Horton was later fired.
— The October 2011 arrest of Anthony Childress, who claims he was beaten by several officers while he was out riding his bicycle. Childress was charged with cocaine possession. No officers were disciplined.
— The January arrests of Annika Lewis and her husband, Sebastian Prevot. Lewis claims she was beaten by police as she tried to record with her cellphone what she described as the brutal arrest of her husband in front of their home. Police say Prevot had failed to pull over during a traffic stop. Lewis was not charged, while Prevot was charged with evading arrest. Two officers were disciplined for not using sound judgment, but they were not relieved of duty, Smith said.
Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, said officer-involved shootings and cases in which officers are accused of using excessive force are thoroughly investigated. Hunt said there is “no cover up situation.”
“We are confident that the people in the Justice Department … are going to look at these cases and realize that we have done everything we have to do,” he said.
McClelland said he is conducting a second round of meetings with supervisors to discuss efforts to strengthen customer service, training, discipline, supervision/leadership and civilian workforce initiatives in order to “become the most professional police agency in the country.”
“I am very proud and excited our employees understand and embrace these initiatives and challenges,” McClelland said.
Griffith did commend McClelland for his efforts to provide better training.