Officer Arrested, Released On Bond
By Ryan Korsgard
POSTED: Friday, July 24, 2009
UPDATED: 5:26 pm CDT July 24, 2009
HOUSTON -- A Houston police officer arrested in uniform during a sting in Houston's eastside Denver Harbor area is out of jail on a $2,000 bond, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday.
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Officer Anthony Rochell Foster, 43, is charged with theft by a public servant. Court records showed he's accused of stealing between $500 and $1,500.
Sources who were briefed on this case told KPRC Local 2 the officer was arrested after a traffic stop shortly before noon Thursday, after he was accused of taking cash from the motorist he had pulled over. The motorist was actually an undercover officer from the HPD Proactive Internal Affairs unit.
Court documents showed that Foster got the money because he is a police officer.
One ranking source who works with Foster at the HPD Northeast Patrol station on Ley Road told KPRC Local 2 that Proactive IAD had been investigating reports that the officer was "shaking down" Hispanic male drivers he had pulled over.
It was unclear how long Proactive IAD had been staging the sting on Foster. Police confirmed the investigation was a result of complaints against Foster.
The officer called the Houston Police Officer's Union legal team, but those lawyers told KPRC Local 2 they were unfamiliar with the case and unable to comment. The lawyers were working to arrange bail for the officer on Thursday night.
A union attorney said Foster's case will be presented to the legal committee for consideration.
HPD protocol dictates that arrested officers are relieved of duty with pay until a final outcome in the case.
Foster is scheduled for his first court appearance in the Harris County 182nd District Court on Monday. He has been a Houston police officer for 15 years. HPD confirmed he is on paid leave.
If he is found guilty, it could mean a two-year prison sentence and a permanent loss of his Texas peace officer's license.