Galveston police officer fired for causing injury to grandmother

A woman allegedly assaulted by a Galveston police officer expressed relief after learning that was fired from his job.

"He should never be a police officer again," said Caroline Wade. "To protect and serve is not his agenda."

On Tuesday, the department permanently relieved Brandon Nelson of duty. Nelson had served as a police officer in Galveston for three years.

Nelson had no comment as he left the police headquarters building, but the police chief said Nelson's actions had left him with little choice.

"To have a member of this organization violate the trust of the public just cannot be tolerated," said Galveston police Chief Henry Porretto.

Wade suffered a black eye and several bruises to her leg during the incident which took place Halloween night.

The grandmother of four said she called police to talk to her 14-year-old granddaughter who had threatened to run away from home.

But instead of talking sense into her, Wade said an officer placed her in handcuffs.

Then, Wade said the officer man-handled her pregnant daughter.

When Wade asked the officer what he was doing, she claimed he called her a coward, placed her in handcuffs and slammed her head against the wall.

"It was insane," said Wade. "It was absolutely insane."

But supervisors who responded to the scene that night quickly decided to suspend the officer pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Porretto said the investigation determined the officer behaved inexcusably.

Wade applauded the way the department has handled the case.

"I'm very proud of them. I am. I expected them to band together and try and cover it up, but they didn't."

Porretto said the department had no place for rogue officers.

"I think our community should be able to have confidence that we're going to do the right thing."

The district attorney's office will review the results of the police investigation. Authorities said criminal charges could be filed against Nelson.

Nelson has 10 days to decide if he'll appeal the department's decision to dismiss him.


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