HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The man, who says he was at the receiving end
of a knee to the face during an arrest in 2017, was surprised a grand
jury indicted the Houston police officer believed responsible.
was. I really was because HPD, you don't indict HPD unless you did
wrong and he did wrong," said Dwayne Walker from behind plexiglass at a
prison unit in Beaumont.
June 26, a Harris County grand jury indicted HPD officer Shane
Privette, 27, on a felony charge of aggravated assault by a public
The District Attorney's Office said he hit Walker with
his knee during an arrest after an undercover drug sting in November
2017. Walker's mugshot showed the injuries to his eye and face, which to
this day, still bother him.
"This is still broke," said Walker
about his left eye socket. "I'm still numb, all of this is still numb. I
can't feel any of that."RELATED: Officer indicted for hitting man in face with his knee
supporters have provided an internal HPD memo showing he was exonerated
months ago after an Internal Affairs Division use of force
They say Walker was resisting. He maintains he was
trying to tell officers about a shotgun injury that prevents him from
putting his hands behind his back.
"That's just the cost of doing business, if you're going to resist arrest," said Privette's attorney, Aaron Suder, last month.
But the grand jury saw it differently.
Eyewitness News went to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's
Stiles Unit in Beaumont on Thursday, where 53-year-old Walker is once
again. This time, it's for a parole violation due to this arrest.
He has convictions for attempted burglary, drug possession and delivery, and evading arrest.
"Just because a person is incarcerated doesn't mean a person can't tell the truth," Walker said.
a five-year veteran officer with multiple commendations, is on paid
leave and out of jail on a $1,000 bond. His career is on the line.
His supporters, including Chief Art Acevedo and police union president Joe Gamaldi, believe the case will be dismissed.
"The Houston police department exonerated Shane Privette," said Gamaldi last month.
"Do you think he (Privette) should be a police officer?" reporter Jessica Willey asked.
not going to say 'No' and I'm not going to say 'Yeah,'" Walker
responded. "I just don't want him to hurt anyone under the badge."