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Richmond police investigate civil rights violation claim against one of their officers

March 28, 2019

The Richmond Police Department is investigating one of its own after a civil rights violation complaint.

According to a news release from the department, the complaint was received on Friday, March 22, from the attorney “of an individual who was pulled over for a traffic violation on Jan. 31, 2019. The complaint claims that the officer brutally attacked the individual during the stop.”

Prior to receiving the complaint, the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office notified Richmond Police Chief Gary W. Adams on March 20 of the incident.

“The Richmond Police Department immediately began an internal investigation regarding the alleged violation of the officer,” the department reported. “The officer, Bradley McNeal was placed on administrative leave at that time and will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. Officer McNeal has been with the department since June of 2017.”

When the official complaint from the complainant’s attorney arrived on March 22, Adams asked the Texas Rangers to “conduct a separate investigation regarding the incident. Both the internal investigation and the investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers are ongoing.”

According to the department, the initial traffic stop which led to the complaint occurred at 10:41 p.m. Jan. 31 in the 100 block of South Second Street in Richmond. McNeal stopped the individual, identified as Isaura Cecilia Moreno, 22, of Richmond for a defective passenger side brake lamp.

Moreno was arrested for the following at the time of the stop on three charges:

Assault on a peace officer - a third-degree felony.

Resisting arrest, search and seizure - Class A misdemeanor

Interfering with public duties - Class B misdemeanor

She was placed in the Fort Bend County Jail at the time of arrest.

The news release indicates Moreno’s felony case went before the Fort Bend County Grand Jury on Feb. 18. The Grand Jury true billed Moreno on the charge of assault on a peace officer/harassment of a public servant. A true bill means a grand jury supported the hearing of a case.

This charge was dismissed on Monday, March 25.

Moreno has a currently active but unrelated felony possession case in Fort Bend County. It is alleged she carried between one and four ounces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in December of 2017. A plea disposition hearing is scheduled for June 10, 2019.

While the investigations are ongoing, the Richmond Police Department plans to release no further information.

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