The Premiere Website For Police News In Texas

          
The Most Viewed Police News Website In Texas
 

Indicted Webster cops reassigned to handyman, dogcatcher
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Sgt. Albert "Al" Harlan, 85
ߦ   Armed bandit disarms Houston police officer [VIDEO-PHOTOS]
ߦ   Driver kills himself after brief chase on Crystal Beach
ߦ   Unusual Arrest at Walmart in Porter [PHOTOS]
ߦ   Austin Police Department - Modified Police Academy
ߦ   City of Friendswood: Full-Time Peace Officer & Part-Time Public Service Officer
ߦ   City of Santa Fe: Entry Level Police Officer Exam
ߦ   Great Careers - Houston Police Dept. Is Hiring
ߦ   Conroe Police Department Case Tracking Log
ߦ   Cop fights parole for female accomplice in brother's murder [VIDEO]
ߦ   Deputies present check to Garth House for child victims
ߦ   Governor Abbott Sets February 17 Special Runoff Election for House District 13
ߦ   Handcuffed woman steals police car then drives off [VIDEO]
ߦ   HPD Teams With Several Agencies To Bust Massive Robbery Ring [MUG SHOTS]
ߦ   Person of interest sought in attempted carjacking [VIDEO]
ߦ   Police Search for Missing 35 Year Old Man
ߦ   Three Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders Captured
ߦ   Trial Begins in Slaying of Seattle Police Officer
ߦ   Trio Passing Fake Hundreds [PHOTOS]
ߦ   Two Cops Shot Inside City Hall After Their Swearing-In Ceremony [VIDEO]
ߦ   EMPLOYMENT - Law Enforcement Positions
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Bryan Police Department [Updated Jan 12]
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Galveston County Sheriff [Updated Jan 28]
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Harris County Sheriffs Office [Updated Dec 4]
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Texas City Police Department [Updated Jan 21]
ߦ   Alvarez will seek second term as Blue Knights International President
ߦ   Alvin Police Dept. Weekly Offense & Arrest Reports
ߦ   Appeals court to decide if US Marshals may be sued in shooting
ߦ   Aransas Pass Police Activity Blotter
ߦ   Aransas Pass Public Safety Annual Report 2014
ߦ   Arrest in murder of 2 month old baby
ߦ   Austin Police Dept. Fatality Crash #8
ߦ   Austin Police Dept. Fatality Crash #9
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate Arrests Summary
ߦ   BUSTED & CUFFED
ߦ   Camera clarity key for catching criminals
ߦ   College Station Police - Significant Activity Summary
ߦ   Conroe Police Dept. Case Tracking Log
ߦ   Corpus Christi Police Patrol Report 01/27/2015
ߦ   Crime Stopper Reward In Houston Murder Case
ߦ   Denver police shoot, kill teen who struck officer with car
ߦ   Employee Shoots at Suspects during a Robbery in Richmond
ߦ   Everyday Behaviors Put Texans at Greater Risk of Tax ID Theft
ߦ   Fatality vehicle accident being investigated by La Porte Police
ߦ   FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2014
ߦ   Four jailed in Chambers County car burglaries
ߦ   Friendswood Police Activity Report January 20-26, 2015
ߦ   Galveston Deputy's Lawsuit Claims Political Retaliation
ߦ   Harris County District Attorney - Criminal Complaints
ߦ   Husband charged in murder of wife in Splendora

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:
Houston Chronicle 
Brian Rogers | February 24, 2014

Three Webster police officers indicted in December on charges of excessive force have been reassigned to other departments. One is a handyman, the second is a property inspector and the third is a dogcatcher.

Daniel Bassett, 27, Peter Behler, 25, and Colin Murphy, 26, were suspended with pay in December after being charged for allegedly hitting, kicking and stomping a man during a Sept.?27 incident in Nassau Bay.

Interim Webster Police Chief Thomas Claunch said the city reached a temporary compromise to continue paying the officers until their criminal charges are resolved.

"We're a small city," Claunch said of the town located just south of Houston. "We can't afford to have somebody on payroll if they're not doing something, so this was the best alternative all the way around."

Claunch emphasized that the three were not in uniform or doing security for other city departments.

"They are not working the streets, matter of fact, I revoked their police powers," he said.

After the trio appeared in court in December, their attorneys defended their actions, saying they acted "heroically" in the face of a man they believed was trying to commit "suicide by cop."

"They exercised restraint and risked their lives to save the life of a man who was in psychiatric distress, who was apparently trying to commit a homicide/suicide situation," attorney Paul Nugent said.

Nugent said the man admitted to the officers he was "high on pills and tequila" and was pointing a .357 Magnum, loaded with hollow points, at the officers outside a home in Nassau Bay.

Prosecutors accused Murphy of hitting the man in the neck with his gun, kicking him and stomping on his torso. Bassett allegedly used a stun gun for an unreasonable amount of time. Court records show that Behler is accused of hitting the man with his pistol and kicking him while he was on the ground.

Prosecutors said the officers used excessive force because the man had dropped the gun and surrendered at the time he was hit and stunned.

He wasn't resisting, said Julian Ramirez, chief of the Harris County District Attorney's Civil Rights Division.

Claunch said Bassett is in code enforcement-checking buildings for high weeds and other municipal violations-while Behler is working in building maintenance, "changing lightbulbs and that sort of thing."

"Murphy is assisting with animal control," the chief said.



Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Share   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2015 The Police News. All rights reserved.