Texas: DA To Review Video of Officer-Student Incident

The below article is not written that clearly, but there was a 16 year old student that got on the bus after he was suspected of being involved in an on-campus fight.  The school administrator asked the officer to assist getting the student off the bus.  The officer is now being investigated in using excessive force in removing the student.

Think about how many tools you take from teachers because the next step up is law enforcement.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a security tape from a camera mounted on a school bus that reportedly shows a Houston ISD police officer assaulting a student.

Houston ISD Police chief Jimmie Dotson reviewed the tape from the incident that happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Jack Yates High School, 3703 Sampson.

“It (the tape) concerned me enough that we need to conduct an investigation for excessive use of force,” said Dotson.

The 16-year-old student got on the bus after he was suspected of being involved in an on-campus fight. A school administrator then sought the officer’s help.

“He asked the officer to come assist in getting him off the bus,” Dotson said.

The HISD police chief declined to say specifically what the officer is accused of doing on the tape, citing the investigation by Harris County prosecutors.

The student was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with multiple jaw fractures, said community activist Quanell X.

Quanell said the student was not involved in the fight.

“The cop mistakenly thought he was,” Quanell said.

Dotson identified the HISD police officer as Christopher Harris, 27. He joined the school district’s police department in September 2008, officials said.

Quanell praised Dotson for handing the security tape and the responsibility for the criminal inquiry to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Dotson said a police department’s basic integrity is put into question when one of its officers is accused of a criminal act.

“You immediately have to address it. That’s why I ordered an investigation to be conducted,” Dotson said.

Harris has been stripped of his police authority and placed on desk duties pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said.

www.chron.com

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