A Houston Police officer "let her emotions get the best of her" when she punched a handcuffed armed robbery suspect, she said in a statement Friday.
Officer Angela Horton, 36, issued the statement through her attorney a day after Chief Charles McClelland relieved her of duty on Thursday, after a local news station aired footage of the incident. Officer Horton has been on the force since 2007.
Here's the account from the Houston Chronicle:
Houston officers had responded to a 911 call of a robbery attempt by three armed men at a convenience store north of downtown. One suspected robber jumped on a train, but was quickly detained by two officers.
A KTRK-Channel 13 helicopter crew was recording the encounter as Horton walked up to the group. The officer stopped in front of the handcuffed suspect and punched him in the face.
Source: Houston Chronicle
Watch the KTRK footage of the incident: