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Video: Texas Cops Fired for Excessive Force

June 03, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Texas Cops Fired for Excessive Force

Two Jasper (Texas) Police officers have been fired by the City Council for allegedly using excessive force on a 25-year-old woman while processing her at the local jail.

Officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham could face criminal charges stemming from the May 5 incident that was captured on surveillance cameras inside the station, reports KTRE.

The officers are seen slamming Keyarika Diggles' head into a station counter, following what appears to be a verbal altercation. After a scuffle ensues, one officer grabs Diggles by the hair and both men slam her into a counter in the jail office before throwing her to the floor. While Diggles is on the floor, the officers cuff her hands behind her back.

In the color video, Diggles appears to kick at one of the officers and lose a shoe. At that point, the two officers drag the woman by her ankle and put her into a nearby holding cell.

Another camera captured a black-and-white version of the encounter from a different view. View that clip here.

Comments (5)

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Nichole @ 6/4/2013 4:51 AM

I'm not seeing an issue. Not to be stereotypical, but I can see from the body movements, head motions, and overall body language that she was being mouth and disrespectful. I'm sorry, but if you're going to be combative in any way to an officer, expect to be handled appropriately.

maddog 81 mm @ 6/5/2013 5:28 AM

As far as I'm concerned , these officers did not do anything, out of the ordinary, when dealing with a combative prisoner! It makes no difference, whether they are a male or female , they can be as strong and as dangerous as any one. Where was the excessive force? How were they to control her, with the tussle she brought on . Without the sound on this video, it is obvious she was verbally, confrontational, and refusing to comply with the officers requests. She became phusical , and thats where she had to be subdued. Yes she was handcuffed, and yes they dragged her to the holding cell, but it was more effective ,not to let her on her feet, and lessen the her chances to continue to resist and to be physical !! I don't have any idea what protocol, they have in that department, as far as handling drunk and combative prisoners, but they need to rethink , how you caan prfevent this situation from happening again !!! LEOs stay safe !!

Lenny @ 6/5/2013 10:34 PM

To Nicole & maddog 81 mm

The fact that you don't see a problem with this and can make up all sorts of reasons and justifications is why you are Cops. As human beings you are failures as you have lost all decency and humanity. If this is your idea of law enforcement then you certainly have found your perfect career. But remember that Cletus, and the kid from Deliverance all growed up were fired for this. There are still some decent people out there who don't believe your PR that every second of every shift you guys are fighting evil at the gates of hell. Seems that beatdowns, tasering, shooting, and running people down with your vehicles is now considered "Good Police Work" Most of what passes for law enforcement today wouldn't be allowed to mop the floors when my father got his training(his words). To the public Stay safe from LEOs.

tony @ 6/7/2013 7:12 AM

I had to watch the video again to see if I missed something. The officer was just as mouthy as she was, obviously they are not close friends! She was mouthy, he was mouthy. He became the aggressor because she was mouthy. He started the 'combativeness' because she was mouthy. I know, it gets old. When you feel you are losing control, hand it off to another officer. Just because someone is mouthy does not justify these actions. And what is this 'disrespect' thing? If you want respect then conduct yourself in a way that merits respect. There is no mouthy law, nor is there a disrespect law. If you can't conduct yourself better than what I see on this video then please, get out now and stop embarrassing the many 'adult' officers in Texas. And for those of you who look at this video and see a combative female prisoner and not over aggressive officers you probably need to look again.

Northenidcop @ 6/28/2013 10:41 AM

Since there is no sound it is impossible to know what was going on with the mouthing. I suspect that she was refusing to comply with the officer's directions. This is definitely not over the top on the part of the officers if she was indeed resisting. Pulling her into the cell was most likely because she refused to get up and go willingly which is probably what started the whole thing to begin with.

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