A Houston police officer has been indicted after he was accused of assaulting a suspect during a drug arrest.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that officer Shane Privette has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault by a public servant.
Privette is accused of hitting 52-year-old Dewayne Walker’s face with his knee during a November 2017 arrest in a gas station parking lot.
His mugshot was released on Tuesday.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement that Privette has been relieved of duty ‘pending further investigation and proceedings of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office’.
Privette’s attorney says he will turn himself in.
In March 2018, Walker pleaded guilty to a charge of delivering less than a gram of cocaine and was sentenced to 10 months in state jail.
According to court records, in March of this year Walker sent a letter to the court asking for the findings of the internal affairs investigation ‘into the excessive use of force’ during his arrest.
Walker’s mugshot following the alleged incident, shows him with multiple areas of bruising all over his face.
His left eye appeared to be swollen shut and his bloodied face shows small cuts and scrapes.
Walker has previously been charged with theft, burglary of a motor vehicle and assaulting a family member.
Some of those charges date back to 1985, according to online records.
Walker is still serving his sentence in the drug case.
The case is being prosecuted by the Civil Rights Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, The Associated Press