Man who claims he was unlawfully beaten by Harris County jailers talks to FBI


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HOUSTON - The claims of jailhouse drama continue in the case of Michael Alaniz, who says Harris County jailers beat him while he was being booked on October 30.

Alaniz's lawyer is taking his story to the FBI.

"The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are quite interested in these kinds of cases," says Alaniz's attorney, Allen Zwernemann.

Alaniz says his charges for marijuana possession and trespassing at Houston night club, Metropolis were dropped.

"I feel as if the court was trying to say we're sorry for what we did -- we're guilty and we're sorry, please forgive us, and they tried to make me happy by dismissing my case.  That's not good enough for me," Alaniz said.

"These things happen and when they go unreported, it is all of us who suffer because there are so many people to whom this has happened," Zwernemann added.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says it is not investigating the allegations, but has directed Alaniz to report his claims to Internal Affairs and to the Office of the Inspector General

No lawsuit has been filed, as more evidence is being collected and reviewed.


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