New HPD Beating Video: Cop Beatings Ain't What They Used to Be

Quanell X and other community leaders released a new video today of Houston police arresting a man with some degree of physicality.

The incident -- which happened two years ago -- was captured on a hospital security cam.

If you're expecting a big beatdown, you won't see it.

The cop does get physical with the guy as he's leading him out of the area, and resisting-arrest charges against the man were dropped, so yeah, it's not a good way to handle handcuffed people in custody.

But we're not sure it reaches "uproar" levels either.

Henry Madge Jr. said he had been at the hospital for his son's appendix operation when, as KTRK put it,

a disagreement ensued over the volume of a television in a hospital waiting room. Madge says he was questioned by hospital staff, then an HPD officer approached him and was verbally abusive.

"Out of the blue, the cop came up behind me, yelling," Madge said.

Madge also said the handcuffs were "real tight" on him.

This video comes in the wake of the Chad Holley video; the officers in that beating were fired.

Here's Mayor Annise Parker's statement on the new video:

We are reviewing this video and continuing to gather information about this incident. I reiterate that police abuse will not be tolerated. Those who feel they have been a victim at the hands of Houston police should do exactly what this young man did and file a complaint with the Houston Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.

I am planning to update City Council on changes to the Citizens' Review Committee in the near future, and I have asked Chief McClelland for a presentation on departmental training and personnel concerns processes. We are also placing a link on the city website to facilitate citizen access to the internal affairs process.


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