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3 Houston Officers Taken Off Street


3 Houston officers taken off street after claims of beating

  • Story Highlights
  • Bacilio Guzman, Gilberto Cruz, Matthew Marin get desk jobs amid inquiry
  • Marvin Driver Jr., father of Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, still in hospital
  • Driver said to have been beaten by officers during arrest for traffic warrants
  • Officers' fates will be decided after internal affairs inquiry, police chief says

(CNN) -- Three police officers in Houston, Texas, have been temporarily transferred from patrol duty to desk jobs after claims of assault against the father of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, authorities said Friday.

The fates of police officers Bacilio Guzman, Gilberto Cruz and Matthew Marin will be decided based on the findings of the department's internal affairs division, Police Chief Harold Hurtt said in a statement.

Marvin Driver Jr. was said to have been beaten early Monday as police were arresting him for outstanding traffic warrants. His relatives had asked that the officers accused in the incident be suspended or placed on administrative leave.

"Investigators are awaiting medical reports on Mr. Driver to determine what injuries he sustained," Hurtt said. "We take allegations such as these very seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and be transparent in our findings, whatever the conclusion."

Driver was in good condition Friday at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, a spokeswoman said.

"Chief Harold Hurtt took a positive step in the right direction today by removing those officers from the streets," community activist Quanell Evans, who identifies himself as Quanell X, said Friday afternoon.

"We believe it's in the best interest of this community until the conclusion of this IAD investigation that these officers not be allowed to patrol this area."

Evans did not mention the officers by name but placed more blame for the incident on the first two officers who arrived at the scene. The third man, he said, "was extremely concerned about the well-being of Mr. Driver."

"He wanted nothing to do with what had happened to him, but he wanted to make sure that he received medical treatment," Evans said. "And that is the officer that we believe has already spoken up, that resulted in these officers being removed from the street today."

Evans said Driver has been able to describe his experience in detail to investigators and his family.

Evans said doctors were still assessing Marvin Driver's condition, which the family described as blunt-force trauma.

"Right now, he's still in a lot of pain," Driver's sister, Mary Ann, said Friday.

One of Driver's sons, Michael, has said he thinks his father was beaten because he is black. According to family members, the officers stopped Driver in front of his mother's home, where an argument took place between relatives and police.

The officers explained to the family that Driver was being taken to jail for the outstanding warrants, relatives said.

Evans said paramedics told him that when they picked up Driver at the jail, he was injured, semiconscious and unresponsive.

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PeacefulManComment by PeacefulMan - November 23, 2008, 10:17 am
There is no reason to beat a person senseless over a traffic warrant and it appears they did this after they arrested him, by the statement paramedics gave.

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