A veteran officer with the Houston Police Department who was only months away from retirement has been relieved of duty, accused of taking bribes from tow truck drivers.
Fifty-nine-year-old Charles Russell is now being accused of contacting two tow truck drivers to tow cars that were parked downtown illegally in exchange for favors, including car repair services.
Russell had been working for the police department for over three decades, most recently in special operations at George R. Brown Convention Center. He has now been let go from the force, and is charged with misuse of information for the alleged bribes.
Reporters at Channel 11 spoke with Russell, who said he and his family pray a lot and will get this rough patch.
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Russell is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, and authorities say they are investigating other officers as well.