Woman claims police brutality: 'I just couldn't stop crying. I was in pain. I couldn't walk'

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Woman alleges police brutality after incident at bar, Kevin Quinn reports. (KTRK)

A Houston woman alleges police brutality after an incident at a Galveston bar.

Kaylie Gentry has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that she was attacked by a uniformed Galveston police officer while she was at "Tsunami's," a bar on the Strand on February 6th.

At 1:50am, she says, the officer ordered her to leave. When she tried to tell him she was waiting for a friend so they could leave together, she claims he picked her up and threw her to the ground.

"I just couldn't stop crying. I was in pain. I couldn't walk," said Gentry.

She insists she was sober and that she was attacked without provocation or probable cause.

"I just remember screaming. How could you do this to me?" she said.

She knew immediately she couldn't walk. X-rays later revealed the force of the impact pried her tibia and fibula apart and also caused a break in her fibula.

"This is a terrible, terrible use of excessive force," said Gentry's attorney Randall Kallinen.

Gentry was not arrested or charged with any crime. In fact no police report was taken and she says the officer disappeared following the incident.

After two surgeries she now has a permanent metal plate and a half dozen screws in her leg. She's a nurse so she couldn't work during rehab. After months of therapy she went back to work just last month. The pain persists.

She says she can't dance anymore or do yoga without feeling it. Gentry says it was necessary to file a federal suit because she never heard anything back after filing a complaint in March with the Galveston Police Department.

"Justice. I want justice to be served. He needs to be accountable just like any other citizen would. Just like if any other guy or woman broken my leg," she said.

A spokesperson for the city of Galveston says our inquiry about this claim is the first they've heard about this. They can find no police record of the incident or any complaint.

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