A Lampasas, Texas, County Sheriff's Office deputy was placed on paid administrative leave after repeatedly punching an 18-year-old suspect in the face on May 25 (video below).
A video of the incident was tweeted by Sidney Joy, who added a caption: "If this isn't police brutality idk what is. My friend was supposed to graduate today but looks like that's not happening."
Sidney also tweeted: "True. I'm only judging the bald mf who beat his face & wanted me arrested for nothing."
Lampasas County Sheriff Jess Ramos identified the officer in the video as Deputy Logan Jones, notes the Lampasas Dispatch Record.
Jones is seen in the video throwing punches at an 18-year-old man, identified by Ramos as Quinton Eldridge Cruce, who is holding up his hands and trying to protect his face.
While Jones is seen hitting Cruce on the brief video, Ramos said that Jones was the one who was assaulted.
According to the sheriff's office press release, the sheriff's department was helping the police department on a call about an erratic driver, Cruce, on U.S. Hwy 281.
Cruce was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, assault on a public servant, and interfering with public duties.
Gage Neely Blackwell, a passenger, was charged with assault on a public servant, resisting arrest, interfering with public duties and minor in consumption of alcohol.
There was also a 17-year-old female passenger, whose reported name was Sidney, who was not charged.
The sheriff's office released a statement on the video: "The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office is aware of a video that has been circulated on social media. The sheriff’s office has contacted the prosecutor’s office and has requested the assistance of an outside law enforcement agency to review and thoroughly conduct the use of force in making these arrests."
Lampasas Chief of Police Sammy Bailey released a statement on Facebook on May 25:
The Lampasas Police Department is aware of a video that has been circulated on the internet. As is standard, we review all use of force incidents where a Lampasas Police Department Officer is present.
This review was in process prior to the release of a video. We would appreciate your patience and understanding as we conduct this process to ensure all facts are thoroughly reviewed before we release any further information.
Some Facebook users commented on the video:
I saw the video and saw two people resisting arrest. Now the punches to the face are excessive but the public doesn't know what transpired before the video started. Proud of our LEO'S. Exactly why there are trials.
Support our officers, they place their lives out there, so we don't have to. Until you know the COMPLETE story, don't assume!!!
My question is why were the police there in the first place? I see these kids now a days think they don't have to respect the law...I bet they will from now on..if you do what police say when they say how they say...then they have no reason to assault you...imo.
I dont care what those kids did wrong they r kids acting stupid we have all been kids at one point. That Deputy had no right to punch him in the face [repeatedly] like that and people say it ok cause the kids was telling him to hit him. Thats like tell a man beating his wife its ok cause she told him to keep beating her. How sorry can u be ? Its still police brutality either way , just cause they have a badge gives them no right to put there hands on u other than slappin those cuffs on u. Protect and serve yea they have a hard job and yea they may do good on lots of things but there was no reason for that much force to be used by a grown man to a 18 yr old kid.