After Texas police officers used a taser on a 17-year-old high school student and put the teen in a coma, a jury has declared that criminal charges cannot be filed.
A Texas grand jury handed down a “No Bill” ruling, which means that there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant criminal charges against the police officers.
The incident happened back in November when officers were attempting to break up a fight between two girls. 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera attempted to interfere while the cops were breaking up the fight, and that’s when Officer Randy McMillan pulled out his taser gun and used it on the teen.
After being hit with the taser, Rivera fell to the ground, hit his head, and suffered a severe brain injury that led to him being placed in a medically induced coma.
"As a result of being tased, NDR fell to the ground, striking his head on the floor. While NDR was unconscious, defendant McMillan placed him in handcuffs," a lawsuit filed by the family alleges.
A statement released by Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering explains why a grand jury found that there wasn’t enough evidence to go ahead with criminal charges against Officer McMillan and the other cop at the scene, Officer Timothy Stalcup.
“Today the Bastrop County Grand Jury met and reviewed a use of force case in which Bastrop County Deputy Randy McMillan deployed his taser against Noe Niño De Rivera at the Cedar Creek High School on November 20, 2013,” said Sheriff Pickering in the statement. “A special prosecutor and the Texas Rangers presented the facts of the case for which the Grand Jury concluded that Deputy McMillan acted within State Statutes and returned a no-bill finding recommending no further action was necessary for either party. An administrative investigation conducted by Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office has also concluded that Deputy McMillan acted within the use of force policy and guidelines. We are still awaiting the review by the Department of Justice. Because of this and pending civil litigation, the Sheriff’s office is not able to comment further or give specific details of the incident.”
The family has still filed a federal lawsuit and is seeking medical expenses and damages for excessive force.