Teen claims deputy was too rough

September 21, 2009 6:07:05 PM PDT
There's a new complaint against a Galveston County Sheriff's deputy who's already under investigation. A 13-year-old girl and her mother say that deputy went too far trying to get the teen out of a football game. It happened outside the stadium across the street from Texas City High School. The 13-year-old was arrested during a junior high football game in a grassy area behind the bleachers. The young girl's mother is outraged and she's taking action. She claims the officer used unnecessary and excessive force to take control of the situation.

When Shania Moses went to watch her younger brother play football, the Texas City High School student never imagined she'd be the one to get hurt. Moses's mother took pictures of her daughter's injuries with a cell phone camera. The teenager claims a sheriff's deputy working security officer roughed her up after she was asked to leave the stadium grounds for being disruptive and using foul language.

She said, "I'm leaving or whatever and he's like, 'Well, you're not moving fast enough for me.'"

Moses says the officer pushed her and grabbed her arm. As she tried to resist, Moses claims he shoved his knee in her back and tackled her to ground.

"He had his hands around my neck," she recalled. "He put my hands behind my back and he pulled me up by my cuffs."

Moses was taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A Texas City ISD spokesperson says Moses refused to leave after being asked multiple times to do so and became combative.

Spokesperson Melissa Tortorici said, "They're trained to handle situations and he obviously believed he needed to take the action that he needed to take."

In addition to a three day suspension from school, as part of her punishment the district wants to place Moses in an alternative school for kids with behavior problems. Her mother is not only fighting it, she plans on filing a formal complaint with the Galveston County Sheriff's Department against the deputy.

Mother Shantell Moses said, "What needs to happen, he needs to be removed. I don't think he should be in a school dealing with children if he doesn't know to control his temper."

The Galveston County Sheriff's office confirms that its Office of Professional Standards is already investigating the officer in question on a complaint filed by Moses earlier this year. She was alleging harassment. We are told that if and when a second complaint is filed, then a secondary investigation take place as well. Shantell Moses says she's not ruling out taking legal action either.

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