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Video: Dallas Officers, Business Owners March to Support Fired Officer

December 11, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Dallas Officers, Business Owners March to Support Fired Officer

More than 100 Dallas police officers and business owners marched to City Hall Wednesday, demanding that Officer Jesus Martinez be reinstated on the force.

Martinez was fired after cell phone video was released, showing him sitting on top of a man named Joe Wesson, an alleged panhandler, last summer in Deep Ellum. Martinez is seen yanking Wesson's arm over his head several times. Wesson, in handcuffs, doesn't appear to be resisting.

A police report states that Martinez claimed Wesson swung at him and ripped his uniform, forcing him to use pepper spray. Martinez has been charged with official oppression for excessive use of force. An internal investigation last month led to him being fired.

Officers and business owners say Wesson has a long history of resisting arrest.

"He (Martinez) was attacked by this guy, maced this guy, and then was blinded by his own mace and was holding on until cover arrived," Richard Todd, president of Fraternal Order of Police, told WFAA TV.

Comments (5)

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TC @ 12/11/2014 10:18 AM

Wow! Cell phone videos have gotten so good that they can now tell how hard someone 'yanks' on an arm. Who knew?

Do what is right. Don't back down, never back down.

TheRookie @ 12/11/2014 4:06 PM

I've had to take many handcuffed suspects down & sit on them until back-up arrived while in my career. Today I wouldn't fit into L.E. & frankly wouldn't want to. When L.E. have to walk on egg shells to ensure their & the publics safety over criminals absolute rights it's not worth it. That's only my opinion & coming from a retiree though.

Morning Eagle @ 12/11/2014 4:38 PM

Have to agree with you Rookie and have often thought I wouldn't fit into all the political cowardice and Monday morning quarter backing by people that have never worn a badge and wouldn't have the courage to.

kevCopAz @ 12/11/2014 8:57 PM

I am sad for the poor LEOs today. God help them if they try and do their job! God help us all if they stop trying!

Greg @ 12/15/2014 7:20 AM

I love the rent-a-mob of bums all carrying identical signs.

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