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Video: Houston Cop Regrets Punching Suspect

July 15, 2011  | 


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:

Tags: Houston PD, Armed Robbery, Physical Confrontations, Use-of-Force Policies


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The Man @ 7/19/2011 2:42 AM

I hope justice is done also. The Officer should lose some time, and learn a lesson. But more importantly, I hope the suspect's family takes a course on how to raise their children, SO THEY DON'T TRY TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY! Hopefully the justice system puts the little thug away until he's at least 21, because clearly his "family" has done a horrible job raising him. Just like the old test, if your daughter is dancing on a pole, you failed as a parent. Well, if your son is committing armed robbery, YOU FAILED AS A PARENT! the rest of law-abiding society DOES NOT CARE what the family of this little thug thinks about a single punch to his moronic jaw! Quit giving these failures air time!

Dan Birdsley @ 8/3/2011 6:54 AM

Sadly, as long as their are bleeding hearts that are determined to make a name for themselves through a "cause" there will be reports like this.

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