More than a month after a Galveston woman said she and her grandson were bullied when they asked a police officer to move a private vehicle blocking an alley, police said the investigation is still underway.
“It is still working its way through the chain of command, going through the recommendation process,” Galveston police spokeswoman Capt. Joshua Schirard said.
One of the people involved was a Galveston police officer and the other was a Hitchcock police officer, Schirard said. Police have declined to name either.
Janice Stanton, who filed the report, said on Monday she had been directed to file a second report with Hitchcock, but hadn’t heard back from either department.
Stanton said she wanted to give the departments enough time to investigate before she pushed the issue.
Hitchcock has launched a similar investigation into the conduct of its officer, Schirard said.
Hitchcock police officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Stanton has said she thought race played a role in the encounter and that she feared what might have happened to her grandson had she not been with him.
Stanton and her grandson, Stanton Burke, 27, are African-American. The two police officers were white, Stanton said.
Stanton and Burke, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, were pulling out of her driveway in the alley between 36th and 37th streets about 1 p.m. May 8 to go to lunch when they found a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck parked across the alley, blocking the exit, she said.
A man in a police officer’s uniform was in the passenger seat, so Burke honked and then approached the man about moving the vehicle, Stanton said.
The passenger told Burke the driver would be out in a minute, Stanton said.
The driver approached the vehicle several minutes later, and slowly got into the truck, which caused Burke to raise his hands in a gesture of exasperation, Stanton said.
The driver didn’t move the car out of the way, Stanton said.
The passenger in the police uniform got out of the truck with his hand on his gun and confronted Burke, Stanton said.
He told Burke to roll down the window and hand over his driver’s license, Stanton said.
“He didn’t see me until I started asking him, ‘Why? What’s the problem? Who are you’” Stanton said. “He said it was because we gestured.”
The officer told Burke he should have gone out the other end of the alley, Stanton said.
“I said, “You mean back up for the whole block,” Stanton said.
The officer had refused to identify himself and had walked away, Stanton said.
“Our officer was the one who blocked the driveway and it’s my understanding we will take action based on that,” Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell said.
Galveston can’t take action on what the Hitchcock officer did, Maxwell said.
“You hear about these things,” Stanton said in a previous interview with The Daily News. “Being black, you hear from friends about little things that have happened. But when it happens to you, you know it’s for real. And I’m so disappointed because we think of Galveston as our own little oasis. Everyone is usually so nice and kind.”