WEBSTER, Texas—Three suburban Houston police officers accused of using excessive force have been reassigned to other departments in their city government—with one appointed dog-catcher.

The three Webster Police Department officers accused of hitting, kicking and stomping on a man have been on paid suspension since December.

Webster's interim police chief, Thomas Claunch, tells the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1pmqAAb) the town is too small to keep paying employees who aren't working. Claunch had revoked their police powers, so one officer was assigned to be a handyman, the other to be a property inspector, and the third to work as a dogcatcher.

The three could receive up to a year in jail if convicted of misdemeanor official oppression. Their attorney says the three saved the man from "suicide by cop."

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com


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