ABC13's VAULT: 10 officers accused off terrorizing black residents in drunken racial incident in 1981

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It was one of the biggest scandals in Houston Police Department history.

On the night of Nov. 3, 1981, off-duty officers at the Northeast substation had a party after the election.

Residents of the Della St. apartments said two pickup trucks full of drunken officers drove through the apartment complex yelling the N-word.

Residents said the officers went from unit to unit beating and kicking residents and in one case, putting a gun to the head of a woman.

Ten police officers were subsequently relieved of duty with pay after the incident.
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