Quanell says several officers were white, but one he calls the worst offender, was black."You would think an African American gentleman perhaps raised and coming out of the same environment as the rest of these young African American males -- why would you do something like that?" he said. He fears what may happen when the tape is made public. "The tape is so horrific there will be an outcry," Quanell X said. "The tape is so serious, black people are going to respond with anger and outrage." But he vows to try to keep the peace. "Becoming violent in this situation is not going to solve anything," he said. "What is it going to do?" Quanell X wouldn't identify the man allegedly beaten, but he said he spent several days in the hospital with serious injuries before being booked into jail. An employee at the storage facility gave Quanell X a copy of that video. He gave one to Houston police and says he hasn't released it because he wanted to give police a chance to investigate, but he says he will release it if police don't. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland wouldn't go into details about the case, citing an ongoing criminal investigation. "All I'm going to say is, I have looked at some portion or reviewed some evidence, which was given to me, that I have concerns about," he said. Chief McClelland is promising a full investigation, including a probe by internal affairs at HPD.
All of the officers involved in the incident were from the Westside Command Division's tactical unit and have been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Houston Chronicle reports that the suspended officers have already met with union attorneys.