by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Houston, TX – Captured on surveillance video using excessive force against a man for sitting on a bench, a Metro police officer resigned on 2016 to avoid termination. However, like most cops who resign to avoid accountability, officer Jairus Warren would not be so lucky. Last week, the officer was convicted of assault with bodily injury and sentenced to jail.
A judge Thursday sentenced Warren to two years probation and 30 days of jail time. He would also be forced to wear an ankle monitor during that probation period, reports KHOU.
“I’m glad to see he was charged. What he did wasn’t lawful. I was just asking for help,” said Warren’s victim that day, Darrel Giles.
Naturally, despite the conviction and the gruesome video, Warren’s attorney is filing a motion for a new trial. However, that motion has yet to be granted or denied, so the probation sentence is frozen for now, according to KHOU.
Around 7:30 a.m. on September 14, 2016, a surveillance camera recorded two Metro police officers confronting Giles at a train platform. Sitting on a bench, Giles remained seated while calmly talking to the cops.
For no apparent reason, Officer Warren suddenly pulled out his collapsible police baton as he continued speaking with Giles. Standing behind Giles, Officer Daniel Reynoso appeared to look inside a bag next to Giles without his knowledge or permission.
Ordered to leave the platform, Giles abruptly stood up after Warren appeared to kick him. Despite the fact that Giles did not attack the officers, Warren immediately extended his baton and struck Giles across the face.
Without using any restraint, Warren viciously hit Giles at least 10 times before Reynoso attempted to stop the needless beating. Even after Reynoso grabbed his partner’s arm, Warren continued to strike the non-combative man writhing in pain on the ground.
“Warren hit him fifteen times with his baton,” said the Harris County DA’s Office.
Charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass, Giles was arrested and not allowed to receive medical attention until booked in jail. After reviewing the security footage of the incident, prosecutors decided to drop the charges against Giles.
According to Metro police, the officers initially approached Giles earlier that morning for loitering on the platform. After complying with their orders, Giles reportedly returned to retrieve his cellphone when the cops confronted him again at the beginning of the video.
“Let me just say that I did count the number of times Mr. Giles was struck, but one is too many in my opinion if it’s not justified,” then-Houston Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers stated at a press conference at the time.
After an internal review board accused Warren of using excessive force and recommended his termination, Warren resigned from the department on the same day that Chief Bumpers released the video of the brutal arrest. Due to the fact that Reynoso slightly intervened during the beating and never struck Giles, he returned to active duty after he was required to receive further training.