Family alleges Houston police brutality during robbery suspect's arrest

November 19, 2012 4:16:40 PM PST
A Houston family says it wants justice for what they claim was brutality at the hands of police. The family says Houston police officers beat Aldemon Gabriel during an arrest inside the family's apartment.

The man's family says the arrest happened Friday at his second-story apartment at a complex off Empanada near Addicks-Howell in west Houston. Some of the images of injuries they claim he suffered are just too graphic for ABC13 to publish.

"My son was crying and screaming and hollering and saying, 'Ma, they beat me, they beat me, they beat me,'" Aldemon Gabriel's mother said.

Gabriel's mom doesn't want to be publicly identified but she says she wants police to see these images of her son's face. They claim police did this damage during an arrest.

"From his arms, to his legs, to his buttocks, to his staples in the back of his head where he was kicked repeatedly in the back of his head by officers," she said.

The woman says a group of Houston police officers used excessive force when arresting her 24-year-old son at his home in Woodbridge Crossing apartments. The family says Gabriel was inside this apartment using the restroom when those officers showed up.

A spokesman from HPD says Gabriel had three open felony warrants. The Harris County Sheriff's Office confirmed one of those warrants is for a robbery charge from a Walmart back in September.

HPD says officers first went through the apartment looking for the Gabriel. They say when he refused to answer commands, they sent in police dogs.

"The right eye sustained 12 stitches up top, the lid and 12 underneath the lid, and there was numerous bites throughout his body," Gabriel's mother said.

Investigators say Gabriel assaulted the K-9. Officers reported the man sustained minor injuries and a majority of them, they say, were from the dog.

Now, Gabriel's upset family wants an investigation, and Houston police tell Eyewitness News an internal affairs complaint has been filed and will be investigated thoroughly.

HPD say its policy prohibits them from talking on camera about ongoing internal affairs investigations but say they're thoroughly probing the allegations.

The sheriff's department says Gabriel remains in jail under medical watch at this time.


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