Texas Police Officer Charged With Civil Rights Violation

Barbara Schwarz
December 10, 2019 - 6:14 am
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A South Texas police sergeant is scheduled to appear in federal court today.

40-year-old Juan P Galindo with the San Juan police department is in custody on allegations he violated the civil rights of a man he arrested in December of 2015.  

Bodycam video shows Sergeant Galindo kneed the suspect in the groin.  Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal police association says "it's disturbing to watch something like that when someone's standing there in handcuffs.  It's critical to us that officers be held accountable."

He says it's unusual the indictment is coming out four years after the fact.

If convicted, Galindo faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.