A Harris County, Texas police officer caught on video seemingly using excessive force is being punished.
The man, former Deputy Jimmy Drummond, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of official oppression. The charge is a Class “A” misdemeanor and carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
The convictions stem from a September 10, 2011 event. Investigators claim Deputy Drummond pulled a man over for running a stop sign in front of his house. The victim testified that both he and his family members were thrown to the ground and beaten by officers during the stop.
Here is the original OV report from when it happened:
A shocking video released today shows Deputy Jimmy Drummond engaging in physical violence against several members of the Scherz family on Sept. 10, 2011.
At the time of the incident, Drummond was a deputy with one of eight elected constables for Harris County, Texas. He is no longer employed as a deputy.
According to investigators, Drummond followed David Scherz Jr. home because he was allegedly speeding,
The dashcam video shows Drummond kicking Scherz Jr., who is held down on the street by other law enforcement officers, whose names were not released.
the criminal complaint states Drummond "[dropped] his knee and placed his body weight on the complainant [then-suspect David Scherz Jr.]... [wiped] his shoe on the back of the complainant's shirt" and grabbed and pulled back his head, all while the man was "handcuffed and face-down on the ground."
Thankfully for the victim, a patrol with a dashcam caught the entire incident on camera. Drummond is seen on video running over after the man is already pinned down on the ground and repeatedly kicking him. The man’s ribs were broken from the kicking.
Here is the video: