Officer gives up license for dropped charges
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
A Houston police officer who was found not guilty of bribery in June has given up his peace officer’s license in exchange for the dismissal of charges that he tampered with evidence.
Prosecutor Traci Bennett said Alfred Alaniz gave up his license in exchange for dismissing charges that he was writing the wrong times on traffic tickets. He declined to comment further.
Alaniz, 53, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
In June, a Harris County jury acquitted Alaniz of felony bribery. At that time, the officer said he was set up by the Houston Police Department’s internal affairs division.
Alaniz was accused of accepting $200 to let an undercover officer posing as a speeding driver out of a ticket in January. After he was accused, prosecutors also charged him with evidence tampering.
Alaniz’s attorney, Burt Springer, said Alaniz was planning on retiring within the next two years.
“He gave away something he didn’t want,” Springer said. “He wouldn’t go back to work for HPD for love or money.”
Springer said Alaniz wanted to put the charges behind him and enjoy his retirement.
“The main thing for him was to prove his innocence in the bribery case,” Springer said. “Giving up his license was never going to be an issue for him, once he cleared his name.”
Alaniz, a 21-year veteran of HPD, is still negotiating with the police department over the financial terms of his retirement because he may be subject to administrative action. He was one of the highest paid — and most frequently disciplined — officers on the force.
Alaniz was paid more than $200,000 in overtime in the past two years — $116,000 in overtime last year and $88,000 in 2005, according to payroll records.
During his tenure, Alaniz had 21 sustained complaints. They include “criminal activity,” “misconduct” and “loss of city property,” according to the records.