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Carolyn Wade claims she and her granddaughter were roughed up by a Galveston police officer
Carolyn Wade claims she and her granddaughter were roughed up by a Galveston police officer
January 22, 2013
Breck Porter

GALVESTON - The Galveston Police Department has indefinitely suspended (fired) Officer Brandon Nelson without pay, Police Chief Henry Porretto said through his official spokesman today.

Nelson was placed on administrative leave last November for suspicion of violating several GPD rules and regulations.

The incident preceding Nelson's firing occurred on October 31, 2012 when Nelson was dispatched to a family services call. Supervisors were summoned to the scene after Nelson had allegedly acted unprofessionally with the citizen who initially requested police.

Nelson's conduct was of immediate concern with the arriving Sergeants, said the police department press release.

The Chief was notified and Nelson was immediately placed on administrative leave.  An administrative investigation was conducted by the police department's internal affairs investigators.

The investigation concluded that Nelson violated departmental rules and regulations including Conduct Unbecoming and Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order.

The facts of the case warrant grounds for Nelson to be Indefinitely Suspended. A criminal investigation is still ongoing and shall be presented to the Galveston County District Attorney's Office. The press release did not mention what criminal laws Nelson is alleged to have violated.

However, back in November, Galveston resident Carolyn Wade, 59, told reporters she called police about 5:30 p.m. Halloween evening, asking that an officer speak with her 14-year-old granddaughter, who she suspected was planning to run away from home.
 
What transpired led Wade, a black woman, to believe the white officer's actions might have been racially motivated.
 
Galveston police Chief Henry Porretto didn't release Nelson's name at the time, saying he had not been charged, yet he  was relieved of duty with pay nonetheless.
 
No charges were filed in the case, and police had not received a written complaint from Wade at that time, although Wade went on a Houston TV station with her complaint.
 
Wade accused the officer of using profanity toward her granddaughter who she declined to name.
 
Wade alleged Nelson threw the girl on the couch and accused the officer of calling her a coward for not whipping her granddaughter. She did not say specifically how she, herself, wound up with a black eye.
 
The officer handcuffed the teen and as he was leading her to his patrol car Wade said Nelson kept yelling back at her so loud the neighbors could her him.
 
IAD investigators interviewed neighbors and others, turning those findings over to Chief Porretto who made the final determination to terminate the officer.

Nelson may appeal his firing before the Galveston Civil Service Commission which may uphold his firing, reverse the firing, or change it to a suspension.

Media report from November 2012



Comments:
good.. Need to be fired.. Sometimes they think because they have badge & gun they can abuse citizens.. Maybe TCPD chief open his eyes too... I hear he has his favorites... I could name few of them... Good job Chief Poretto..
Posted by Good at 1/22/2013 9:31:19 PM

Hooray !!! I think this is a first!! Finally a cop who got what was coming to him. I am actually shocked, they must be holding him up as an example. Most of the cops in Galveston are decent people who treat people fairly, however, there are some that abuse their power on a daily basis and usually with no one doing a thing about it. Don't get too excited about this, it will probabaly be years before this happens again.
Posted by Jan at 1/23/2013 1:22:44 PM

In GPD it's "who you know" that counts. If this same offense had been committed by one of the "chosen few" who sits at the right hand of Prince Porretto, we would have never heard about this. It would have gotten the 'under the rug' treatment. Mr. Nelson was a new kid on the block. A sacrificial lamb for the annointed few at the top.
Posted by Zeke at 1/23/2013 2:27:52 PM

Let us keep in mind, if Carolyn Wade is not saying where she got those black eyes from then you can bet they did not come from the cop. What do you bet the 14 year old girl beat up her grandma and the cop was reacting to that. Granted, it was still unprofessional.
Posted by Fair Rap at 1/23/2013 2:54:10 PM

Anyone who does anything would be investigated~~~don't you think Zeke?
Posted by Jassy/Sunshine at 1/23/2013 5:41:44 PM

Lets no forget Chief Porretto was fired and got his job back however Nelson doesn't have the financial means or backing of (CLEAT) to win his job back. Chief Porretto has brought back an officer that had several use of force violations and was fired for those violations but Nelson isn't one of those "chosen few" Zeke talks about.
Posted by Faraway at 1/23/2013 11:37:13 PM

On and on~~all those things have been said again and again~~can't ya'll find something from recent YEARS to yapp about!Faraway!
Posted by Jassy/Sunshine at 1/24/2013 9:27:37 PM

GUESS NOT~~~Prince Porretto has done a good job of trying to get Galveston back on track! You know~~he was PUT in the Chief position~~so anoint yourselves with NO Evil Oil~~and get on with your life!
Posted by Jassy/Sunshine at 1/29/2013 2:52:29 PM

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