WARNING: VIDEOS BELOW SHOW VIOLENCE
Excessive Force Used on Bicyclist
(TX) – Video One, below, shows two College Station police officers violently assaulting a man on a bicycle. The officers claim that the man on the bike went through a red light which is a traffic violation. It’s a Class C Misdemeanor, a damn ticket. The video misses the first part so it’s hard to tell what is happening. It looks like the bicyclist is moving out of the way of the police vehicle that had it’s siren on. A motorcycle cop comes up, drops his motorcycle on the ground, and attacks the bicyclist.
The two officers then wrestle with the man, tase him, handcuff him and tell him he’s under arrest. The man says, “For what?” One of the officers responds, “You’re under arrest for a traffic violation.” We believe this assault happened on May 7.
Criminal Charges Against Bicyclist
As expected, the officers piled on charges to try to justify the police brutality. The bicyclist was charged with Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Resisting Transportation. All because he ran a red light while riding his bicycle.
Harris County Deputy Punches 16-Year Old, Fired
(TX) – Video Two shows a deputy punching a teenager in the face. On March 26, 16-year old Carlos Rodriguez drove up to a gas pump on his ATV. Rodriguez was with several friends who had their ATVs. Deputy Bert Dillow had been in the store getting a drink. When he walks out, he walks straight to Rodriguez and demands his I.D. Rodriguez complies and moves over to the same side of the ATV that the deputy is on. I have no idea why Deputy Dillow then tells Rodriguez to turn around and put his hands behind his back, but Rodriguez steps back from the deputy.
This is when Deputy Dillow loses it. According to NBC News,
“Don’t run from me, boy. I’ll beat your f—— a– right here,” Dillow says as he grabs Rodriguez by the shirt. “Turn around and put your hands behind your back before I beat the s— out of you.”
“Don’t be f—— stupid,” Dillow yells.
Rodriguez pulls his hand away from the deputy. Deputy Dillow then punches Rodriguez in the face, knocking him to the ground. Dillow lands on top of Rodriguez and proceeds to punch him several more times. Police internal affairs investigated the assault.
Harris County Press Release
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office put out a press release on March 29 stating that Deputy Dillow had been fired for violating “several of the department’s policies including use of force.”
Deputy Threatens to Kill Motorist
(TX) – Video Three is another Harris County deputy. This incident occurred in February during a funeral procession. George Dickerson was on his way to a job when he encountered the procession on the highway. He moved into the same lane as the deputies to try to pass a car. That’s when Deputy Eric D. Sanchez motioned for him to stop and dropped back behind Dickerson. According to Dickerson, the motorcycle cop in front of him slammed on the brakes. Dickerson had to do the same to avoid hitting him. That caused Sanchez, to have to slam on the brakes also.
“He went around the truck, stopped and parked in front of us,” Dickerson said. “I’m in the left lane in the middle of the freeway and he gets off his bike with his gun drawn and comes at me and as soon as I see his gun drawn I put my hands in the air and said, ‘I don’t want any trouble.'”
Deputy Eric Sanchez can clearly be heard on the video saying, “I’ll fucking kill you.”
Deputy Sanchez Included in Harris County Press Release
An Internal Affairs investigation was conducted and Deputy Eric Sanchez was found to have violated policy. Basically, he committed police misconduct. Deputy Sanchez was fired. Both deputies Dillow and Sanchez “have the right to appeal their terminations,” per Civil Service.