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Arrested Man Goes Directly To Hospital Instead Of Jail


Check out what 37-year-old Steven Rossi looked like after his arrest on April Fool's day.

What Rossi and his attorney say happened was no April Fool's joke.

"Mr. Rossi was beat so bad he did not go to jail, he went to the hospital," Rossi's attorney Gary Polland said.

Houston police confirm three officers who arrested Rossi are now under an internal affairs probe, but remain on duty.

"I wouldn't want this to happen to anybody else," Rossi said. "I couldn't wish this on anybody what I've had to go through."

Rossi, whose eye socket was broken has gone through one surgery and is preparing for another.

What happened on that fateful day last April depends on who you ask. Obviously Rossi's version is much different than the one detailed in the police report.

"He had a traffic offense and I don't think anyone disagrees with that," Polland said.

Instead of pulling over, Rossi said he decided to drive home. The distance was only a few blocks according to Rossi, but police said they chased Rossi for several miles.

"The officers proceeded to pull him out of the car and administer an A number one beating on him and his witnesses saw what happened," Polland said.

Rossi said one officer hit him in the head with his flashlight.

"He struck me right here along the side of my temple, the right side of my eye," Rossi said.

In the police report the officer admits to striking Rossi in the head with his flashlight but said he did that because Rossi hit him first.

In my experience when an officer is struck by a citizen the citizen is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer," Polland

But no such charge was filed against Rossi.

And the two criminal charges Rossi did receive that night didn't hold up well in court.

The officer states in his report he saw Rossi roll down his truck window and throw something out.

According to the cop that something was the drug PCP.

Rossi showed us how it's impossible to roll down the driver's side window.

"The electric switch never has worked since I purchased the vehicle," Rossi said.

And what about the PCP the cop said Rossi threw out the window..

"The drugs were tested at the crime lab," Polland said. "Came back negative so that charge was dropped."

That left Rossi with a felony evading arrest charge. Polland said prosecutors offered Rossi a sweetheart of a deal after hearing about the police brutality allegations.

"And I think that's one of the reasons they decided to reduce the case," Polland said.

Rossi's felony evading arrest quickly became a misdemeanor. Since he waited almost two months in jail for trial,Rossi was released with time served.

Rossi said one cop struck him repeatedly with a flashlight after he was on the ground and handcuffed.

"I pled with him that he would stop even considering that there were witnesses and he said nobody can see you on this side of the truck," Rossi said.

The story that was put out in the offense report to try to explain how his injuries were sustained didn't make sense to me," Polland said.

In his report the officer states Rossi got hurt in an accident. That he slammed his truck into a fence.

But the fence is on wheels and moves easily, there's no damage to the truck and yet look at Rossi's face.

"They need to be in control of themselves when they arrest citizens," Polland said.

In addition to H.P.D. sources tell FOX 26 Investigates the F.B.I. is also reviewing the officers alleged actions.

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