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A woman suing the Harris County Sheriff's Office over a roadside strip search says newly-released dashcam video will prove her case. The dashcam video was recorded two years ago, but Charnesia Corley said she still feels the pain of what happened that night. She said Harris County deputies pulled her over in northwest Harris County for running a red light, but when the officer approached her car he said he smelled marijuana, according to Corley. Corley was handcuffed as a female officer patted her down and then removed her pants and began what she called an invasive and humiliating strip search. "She tells me, 'Just bend over.' I hesitate ... She shines light on me ... She proceeds to stick her fingers toward my vaginal area ... I immediately pop up (and say), 'Ma'am what are you doing?'" Corley said. The dashcam video showed her on the ground naked from the waist down with her legs pinned for nearly 11 minutes while two female deputies search her. "She grabs me by handcuffs, slams me on the ground, puts her knee in my back ... shoves her fingers up inside of me," Corley said. Corley was charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, but the district attorney later dropped the charges. WATCH: Harris County deputies' roadside strip-search Under District Attorney Devon Anderson, the two officers were indicted by a grand jury for official oppression, but last week the DA's office now led by Kim Ogg announced they'd taken the case to a second grand jury, which no-billed the deputies, and the charges were dismissed. "We discovered new, and significant, evidence that we believed had to be presented to grand jury," Natasha Sinclair, with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, said. The DA's office wouldn't say what the new evidence was, citing the secrecy of grand jury proceedings. "There's been no new evidence related to any material fact in the case. Ms. Corley's story has been consistent and the same throughout," Sam Cammack, Corley's attorney, said. Cammack said the only evidence that matters is the dashcam recording. "They claim they found something ... But it doesn't matter at the end of the day what they found, because what they did to find it was illegal," Cammack said. "They're supposed to protect you. They're supposed to keep you safe, not rape you. That's how I feel. I feel like I was raped," Corely said. In a statement Monday evening, Harris County Sheriff' Ed Gonzalez said: "I understand and respect the community's concerns regarding the parking lot search of a female suspect during a June 2015 traffic stop. I want to be emphatically clear that today's Harris County Sheriff's Office is fully committed to ensuring that every resident of our community is treated with dignity and respect, even if they are suspected of committing a crime. We hold the public's trust as sacred, and we will always strive to be worthy of that trust. "Harris County Sheriff's Office policy prohibits deputies from conducting strip searches without a warrant. In cases in which a warrant is obtained, strip searches must be conducted in a private, sanitary, and appropriate facility. "Criminal charges are no longer pending against two of the deputies involved in this case. Deputy W. Strong, who did not actively participate in the search of the suspect in this case, will be allowed to return to patrol duties. Deputy R. Pierre, who initiated the search, will remain in her current assignment within the Communications and Technology Bureau." Corley filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that is set to go to trial in January.
An Humble Independent School District police officer accused of having thousands of images of child pornography faced a judge Monday. Authorities made the discovery after 48-year-old Jeffrey Clark interviewed for a job as a Harris County Precinct 4 deputy. In court, the judge went over Clark's bond conditions. He is prohibited from having internet access or using smartphones. He also can't have any contact with children.
Four Houston Police Department officers were taken to the hospital after a crash Friday, according to authorities. Two patrol units were en route to a call when they ran into each other, police said. There were two officers in each vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, authorities said. The condition of the officers is not known at this time.
Officer let drunk driver convicted of killing Pearland officer go free after other crash, woman says
The Houston Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation into an officer accused of letting Amber Willemsen go free after reports that she may have been driving drunk and caused a hit-and-run crash in June 2015. Willemsen is the woman who was sentenced to 32 years in prison for driving drunk and killing Pearland police Officer Endy Ekpanya in June 2016. Willemsen received her sentence Thursday. The woman who said Willemsen hit her car in 2015 and then took off, spoke exclusively to KPRC. "I was coming home from work. I was driving on 290 and all of a sudden, I just got hit out of nowhere and hit again," Carmen Waldron said. "She did drive off." Waldron said she made an exit off the highway and found Amber Willemsen's car stopped on the road and recognized it as the car that hit her. According to Waldron, Willemsen was driving drunk. "I pulled over and asked her if she was OK and she was like, 'No, I'm not,'" said Waldron. "She's like, 'I hit somebody!' and I said, 'Yeah, it was me. I just found you and want to make sure you're OK.' And she said, 'Don't call the police!' and I said, 'I have to.'" According to a police report, an officer came to the scene. It does not appear as though the officer gave Willemsen a field-sobriety test. "He did put her in cuffs for like 10 minutes then he took her out of cuffs," Waldron said. "I said, 'Are you taking her to jail? Is she going to jail or something?' He said, 'She's not drunk enough to go to jail, she's not drunk enough to test her. I'm just going to give her a ride home and she's getting a lot of tickets.' That's what I was told." Waldron told Channel 2 she did not want to become confrontational with the police officer. "She seemed really drunk and I know because I was coming from my job as a bartender. When you get TABC certified, you learn to tell when people are drunk, when they've been drinking," Waldron said. "As soon as you opened the door, you could smell it." During Willemsen's trial, the prosecutor addressed testimony in court that the HPD officer in the 2015 hit-and-run case had instead taken Willemsen to a restaurant to "sober up." "If in fact an officer did that, it's very disappointing." said Houston police Chief Art Acevedo. "It's an open investigation. That's all I can say about it."
A Humble Independent School District police officer applying for a position in the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office is facing child pornography charges after investigators said red flags were raised during the job interview process. Jeffrey Warren Clark, 48, an Humble ISD nighttime patrol officer, is charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said Clark applied for a position in his office and during a background check, interview and polygraph test, investigators raised red flags that Clark might have been involved in child porn. During the background investigation, Precinct 4 said Clark admitted to viewing sexually explicit images of children. VIDEO: Constable speaks on child porn charges A search warrant was issued for entry into Clark's residence in the 14600 block of Logan Lane Wednesday night and Herman said hundreds of images of child pornography were recovered from electronic devices at the home. "Some of the statements that he made alarmed investigators to consult our district attorney, which our DA felt gave us probable cause to get a search warrant and search his house, and it obviously was all on track with what our premonition was telling us, and we recovered hundreds of images of child pornography," Herman said. He added that he's never seen anything like this in his more than 30 years in law enforcement. Clark is not in custody. Humble ISD released a statement Friday morning that read in part: "Nighttime patrol officers do not interact with students on a regular basis. He was hired in July 2015 and on August 2, 2017 he was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Humble ISD will continue to work with Precinct 4 in this matter."
Chauna Thompson, the deputy terminated by the Harris Co. Sheriff's Office in the wake of John Hernandez's choking death at a Denny's restaurant, is appealing her firing. Thompson's attorney filed the appeal Friday, saying Thompson "denies the truth of the charges made, takes exception to the legal sufficiency of the charges, and challenges the termination as action not fitting the alleged offenses or conditions." In the appeal letter, Thompson's attorney claims her termination was "obviously politically motivated and done without an investigation or even an autopsy." The incident happened in a Denny's parking lot in east Harris County. Thompson was an off-duty Harris County sheriff's officer at the time of the incident. Hernandez died three days after video showed Terry Thompson, Chauna Thompson's husband, using a chokehold to detain Hernandez after a confrontation between the two men. A grand jury handed up an indictment for murder in the case. The charging document claims Terry Thompson, 41, caused Hernandez's death "by placing a strangulating hold on (Hernandez) and maintaining pressure while placing the weight of the defendant's body on (Hernandez)." Her appeal letter claims the indictment "does not even articulate what action she took." Details: John Hernandez death case: Timeline of events Sheriff Ed Gonzalez ordered an Internal Affairs investigation to answer questions about how the incident was handled during investigation. After the investigation, Gonzalez approved the following disciplinary actions for some sheriff's office personnel: Deputy Chauna Thompson was terminated. One sergeant was transferred to a new assignment, ordered to complete additional training, and suspended for five days. One sergeant received a letter of documented counseling. One sergeant received a letter of reprimand and was ordered to complete additional training. One deputy received a one-day suspension and 30 days' probation. Officials said all disciplinary actions are subject to appeal to the Civil Service Commission. A family spokesperson said they have been in contact with the Harris County Sheriff's office and hope that Hernandez's case will bring long-term change. "They hope that given everything that's happened it leads to systemic changes within the Harris County, within the judicial system as a whole," said Cesar Espinoza of FIEL Houston. "And that's something they're currently working to, as well as at the end of the day receive justice for their loved one."
It's not the type of grass you expect to find at a park, but on Monday night, a Houston woman found a police evidence bag filled with marijuana on a park playground near a school on BritOak Lane. How the bag got there is currently a mystery. "It was right here on the floor," the woman said as she pointed to the playground stairs. She said she was walking her dog around 8:20 p.m. when she found a metal box with a name inscribed on it. "I thought it belonged to a kid, so I didn't think much of it," she said. She wanted to get it to its rightful owner, so she opened it. She found a bag full of marijuana inside. "I was more concerned about the kids, because I didn't know, if I left it there, are kids going to get to it? I didn't know the contents of the bag," she said. "I want to know what's going on. We all live here. It's a school. Why is there an evidence bag in the middle of the playground?" The Houston Police Department said the 53 ounces of marijuana are from an open narcotics case from April 2016. The marijuana was confiscated at a UPS facility because it had a fake address on it. The case is still open because police do not have a suspect. The Police Department said it retrieved the bag from the woman around 10:23 p.m. and put it in the department's property room. At this point, the department said it's not clear where the marijuana came from. They don't know if it came from their property room or the crime lab, or how it ended up at the park. The Houston Forensic Science Center is in charge of the crime lab. A spokesperson for the center said the lab did an analysis on the marijuana, but needs more time to truly research its system to determine when the narcotics left the lab. Preliminarily results show the marijuana was returned to the Houston Police Department in 2016. Both the Police Department and the Houston Forensic Science Center said they are looking into where exactly the evidence bag full of marijuana came from.
Charges have been dropped against a Houston-area teen who claimed he was mistreated by Harris County Precinct 1 deputies. Marlin Gibson was charged with evading arrest and failure to identify, but the charged were dropped due to insufficient evidence, according to court records. The charges stemmed from a confrontation that was partly recorded by Marlin on his cellphone. The officer's dashcam video shows a different angle of the incident. The teen's attorney said the teens were doing lawn work and passing out business cards when an officer asked Marlin for his identification. Authorities said Marlin told officers his name was "Marvin," he was 19-year-old and his date of birth was 10/12/99. "Mr. Gibson falsified his name and date of birth to the deputy, saying he was 19 and giving a date of birth of 10/12/99 (which) would have made him 17. This further raised the deputy's suspicion," Constable Allen Rosen said. WATCH: Dash cam video of altercation with lawn guys Rosen said Marlin then left the scene and went to his mother's house. When officers went to speak with him, they were invited inside, but Marlin barricaded himself in a bathroom, according to authorities. "He was going door-to-door, which caught the deputy's attention, because many people's homes are burglarized because people were going door-to-door," Rosen said. Officers said they stunned Marlin twice by Taser and released a K-9 after several warnings. WATCH: Phone video of incident involving lawn guys and Harris County deputies "All I was doing was working," Marlin said. The Gibsons are denying the barricade story, and say they were attacked. WATCH: Pct. 1 press comference about altercation with lawn guys Authorities said Marlin lied about his identity because he knew he had an open warrant.
Houston Public Works and Engineering Director Karun Sreerama has announced his resignation. Sreerama is holding a news conference Friday evening to talk about his decision following a bribery case involving Houston Community College Trustee Chris Oliver. Oliver pleaded guilty in a federal case, admitting he accepted bribes in exchange for the promise of official actions related to his duties as a member of the HCC Board of Trustees. In court documents, Sreerama was considered the victim of Oliver's alleged bribery attempts. Sreerama was placed on administrative leave July 12. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released a statement that read, "Karun Sreerama has accomplished much in Houston as a businessman and involved citizen. I am sure he will continue to be an asset to our community. However he and I have agreed that it would be best for the city for him to step down as director of the city Public Works and Engineering Department." WATCH: Public works director announces resignation Turner said Carol Haddock will serve as acting director until a new director is named. A news release from the college said Oliver was convicted on the federal charges after entering a guilty plea March 15. He will remain out of jail on bond until sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 28.
Houston-area teen Marlin Gibson, his brother Marcus and their family attorney Lee Merritt filed a formal complaint against several Harris County Pct. 1 officers Wednesday. The issue is a confrontation that was partly recorded by Marlin on his cellphone. The video has now gone viral on social media. The officer's dashcam video shows a different angle of the incident. Merritt claims the teens were doing lawn work and passing out business cards when an officer asked Marlin for his identification. Authorities said Marlin told officers his name was "Marvin," he was 19-year-old and his date of birth was 10/12/99. "Mr. Gibson falsified his name and date of birth to the deputy, saying he was 19 and giving a date of birth of 10/12/99 (which) would have made him 17. This further raised the deputy's suspicion," Constable Allen Rosen said. WATCH: Dash cam video of altercation with lawn guys Rosen said Marlin then left the scene and went to his mother's house. When officers went to speak with him, they were invited inside, but Marlin barricaded himself in a bathroom, according to authorities. "He was going door-to-door, which caught the deputy's attention, because many people's homes are burglarized because people were going door-to-door," Rosen said. Officers said they stunned Marlin twice by Taser and released a K-9 after several warnings. WATCH: Phone video of incident involving lawn guys and Harris County deputies "All I was doing was working," Marlin said. The Gibsons are denying the barricade story, and say they were attacked. WATCH: Pct. 1 press comference about altercation with lawn guys "My clients were, we believe, racially profiled and arrested in a way that we believe was excessive," Merritt said. Authorities said Marlin lied about his identity because he knew he had an open warrant.
One person died during a police chase Saturday in west Houston, blocking the exit ramp to the Katy Freeway, deputies said. Harris County sheriff's deputies said they pursued a person in a white pickup truck at 11:30 a.m. south on the Beltway. Deputies said the chase ended with one person dead. It is unknown how the person died. The exit ramp of Beltway 8 South going toward the Katy Freeway is blocked while deputies investigate and clear the scene.
Chauna Thompson was terminated by Harris Co. Sheriff's Office for her role in John Hernandez's choking death and four other deputies will face disciplinary action. The incident happened in a Denny's parking lot in east Harris County. Details: John Hernandez death case: Timeline of events Thompson was an off-duty Harris County sheriff's officer at the time of the incident. After internal investigation of John Hernandez altercation, Harris County officials are taking new steps to improve training and revise policies to ensure best practices are consistent following an incident scene. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez had ordered an Internal Affairs investigation to answer questions about how the incident was handled during investigation. After investigation, Gonzalez has approved the following disciplinary actions for some sheriff's office personnel: -- Deputy Chauna Thompson has been terminated. -- One sergeant has been transferred to a new assignment, ordered to complete additional training, and suspended for five days. -- One sergeant received a letter of documented counseling. -- One sergeant received a letter of reprimand and was ordered to complete additional training. -- One deputy received a one-day suspension and 30 days' probation. Officials said all disciplinary actions are subject to appeal to the Civil Service Commission and because this matter is related to a pending criminal case, no additional information will be released at this time. Gonzalez released the following statement: "I have strong confidence in the leadership of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, as well as the rank-and-file deputies who put their lives on the line every day to protect our community. However, we will learn from the tragic death of John Hernandez. "While our in-depth investigation uncovered no evidence of nefarious actions on the part of our on-duty personnel who worked the initial incident scene, we did find areas in which we must improve as a department. "I will continue reviewing best practices to implement changes aimed at improving scene management and other aspects of our operation. "We will also ensure that all appropriate personnel receive the support and training they need in order to meet the high standards we set for ourselves."
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said he has added more weapons to the department. Herman said he purchased 40 AR-15 rifles at a cost of $40,000. He said the money came from extra funds the department had saved over the previous year. Herman said the guns will be used to better protect deputies and the public. The deputy constables who will deal with the assault rifles have had training and are certified to carry the weapons, Herman said. Herman said his goal is to purchase a total of 100 AR-15 rifles.
The family of John Hernandez spoke out Thursday about his murder and their efforts to get justice. The comments comes one day before the couple accused in his death head back to court. Hernandez died from his injuries after an altercation with former Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry, outside a Denny's restaurant at Sheldon Road and the Crosby Freeway. Hernandez's family said it will not stop asking for justice. Chauna and Terry Thompson are charged with Hernandez's murder.
An Alvin Independent School District employee is accused of having an improper relationship with a high school student. Alejandro Martinez was a staff member who worked for the Alvin ISD Maintenance Department. District officials said they received a tip that Martinez was engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 12th grade female student. Alvin ISD launched an investigation, which then led to an indictment. Martinez resigned at the beginning of the investigation. "Anytime an employee of Alvin ISD violates the trust placed in them by our community, regardless of whether the interaction occurred at our schools or elsewhere, we will assist law enforcement in prosecuting to the full extent of the law. We hold our employees that work in our auxiliary departments to the same standards we set for teachers and administrators and expect their actions to reflect that they are entrusted with supporting the education of our students," Alvin ISD Superintendent Buck Gilcrease said.
Charges have been filed against a former Harris County Pct. 6 Deputy Constable who is believed to be responsible for at least two sexual assault incidents since January, authorities said. Brandin M. Glispy, 30, is charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault. Glispy was assigned to a Houston Housing Authority apartment complex, according to authorities. According to authorities, Glispy had contact with more than one woman. On Jan. 6, authorities said Glispy met a woman in the leasing office of the complex. Later that day, he saw the woman at a nearby restaurant. He was still in full uniform. Glispy attempted to sexually assault the woman in the restaurant restroom, but the woman was able to flee, authorities said. On April 24, while conducting a traffic stop, Glispy pulled a woman over in the 5800 block of Martin Luther King Blvd. Glispy directed the woman to a secluded parking lot where she was sexually assaulted, according to investigators. When the woman left, she called 911 and made a police report. Glispy was terminated after the allegations were made in April. Investigators believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information or who may have had contact with Brandin Glispy to contact the HPD Homicide Special Investigative Unit at 713-308-3600.
A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is accused of soliciting sex from a woman in exchange for money. Michael Dwayne Fillmore is charged with prostitution. Court documents state Fillmore, 41, was off-duty when he tried to pay for sex from a prostitute on Tuesday. He was arrested that day. Bond was set at $500. Fillmore was suspended after the arrest. DPS released a statement that read in part, "The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating the criminal charge. The administrative case will be referred to the Office of Inspector General."
Larry Moore is the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city of Houston, the Houston Police Department and the officer accused of beating Moore. In the lawsuit, Moore claims he was taunted, violently beaten and was refused medical attention. Two pictures are included in the lawsuit. They show Moore and the abuse he said he received from Houston police Officer Kevin Hubenak. The beating occurred in July of 2015 during an arrest at the 5600 block of Mykawa Road, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleges Moore was pulled over for a traffic violation -- and was charged with possession of marijuana. Moore claims the officer body slammed him on his neck, head and face. We reached out to the city and the Police Department. Neither the city nor the Police Department had a comment. This is a pending lawsuit, so not getting a response is common. The Police Officer's Union had this statement about the lawsuit: "We believe this to be a frivolous lawsuit, any force used by our officers was justified. This is an attempt by a criminal in possession of two pounds of marijuana, who plead guilty to that charge, to gain notoriety or possible financial benefit by suing our hardworking officers." Moore is suing for his injuries, pain, mental anguish and medical expenses, as well as punitive damages, according to the lawsuit.
Houston Public Works and Engineering Director Karun Sreerama was placed on leave Wednesday after being named in court documents as a victim in a bribery case involving a Houston Community College trustee. Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a written statement that he spoke briefly with Sreerama about his decision to place the director on paid administrative leave while he reviews the matter. "It is against everyone's best interest for a public servant to operate under a cloud," Turner said in the statement. A "K.S." was named as a victim in the federal bribery case against HCC trustee Chris Oliver, 53, according to an indictment unsealed last week. Turner said that was when he became aware of the case. "I am taking this action so that I may thoroughly review the information to make sure there are no further related implications for the city and him," Turner said. A news release from the college said Oliver was convicted on the federal charges after entering a guilty plea March 15. He will remain out of jail on bond until sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 28.
Conroe police on Monday are expected to address claims of brutality being made by the family of a man who was arrested on Independence Day. Police said they were called to the scene of a crash about 7 p.m. July 4 in the 1600 block of Airport Road. They said they were met with a person who resisted arrest, and that eventually, two people, identified as Adrian Salazar, 22, and Luis Pineda, 27, both of Conroe, were arrested. The family of Salazar said police punched him more than once and also hit another man who was trying to ask the officer why he was hitting Salazar. Salazar's family have released a short video of the arrest, which shows an officer on top of a man and appears to be hitting the man. Police scheduled a 4:30 p.m. news conference to discuss the claims. They said they will also release dash-cam video of the arrest.