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Published on Oct 14, 2006
Great concert cut short: A few songs into Two Gallants' set at Walter's on Washington in Houston, an officer appeared on stage very near the mic. I then either made sure it was set to video or switched my digital camera to movie mode and hit record. The physical confrontation seemed to begin immediately after that and I quickly moved toward the stage to document the already surreal setting we were all quickly lost in.
According to police, the officer asked that the music be turned down, was attacked and used his Taser in self-defense. I find it hard to imagine anyone out of the supposed 140+ in attendance who witnessed the incident would agree things occurred the way the officer described them.
I spent the better part of a day in jail because of that crazy cop.
Though it should have been the officer and not me behind bars, let us not forget that one 'bad cop' doesn't mean they all are -- though there are certainly others. The male/female officers who drove Andrew and me downtown were pretty cool. One guard at the jail in particular had a number of inmates laughing at times and seemed to have a great solution for dealing with the out-of-control fool in cell 2 who flooded the place with toilet water.
Were you there? To file a formal complaint I understand it might be best to do so with the Harris Co. D.A. Public Integrity Division.