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7/29/05-Tyler

Tyler Police Launch Internal Investigation Into An Arrest Incident

There's new information about an internal investigation at the Tyler Police Department. The incident that resulted in one officer being put on administrative leave happened July 15th. That's when police were called to a Tyler neighborhood because of a possible shooting. At 8 p.m., police records show that 68-year-old Jose Romero and 33 year-old Ramone Gomez-Alanize were taken into custody. Police later determined the two men had nothing to do with the shooting.

This morning the Tyler Morning Telegraph published pictures taken by a paper photographer the night of the arrest. The men and their families told the paper, police used excessive force the night they were arrested. Romero, whose face looked swollen and red in the pictures, tells the paper he was manhandled by police. Tyler officer Don Martin says it was the department that initiated the investigation into what happened during the arrest. "We started the investigation. We did not receive an external complaint from anyone. We initiated the investigation ourselves to make sure that everything's done correctly by policy and procedure and that we haven't violated anyone's rights," said Martin.

Martin says the department is not releasing any specific details, including a police dashboard video that captured the arrest, until their investigation is complete. The F.B.I. and District Attorney's office are also reviewing the case.

In the meantime, Romero is facing charges of public intoxication, while Gomez-Alanize is charged with evading arrest.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

 

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