2 HPD officers found liable for use of excessive force in controversial 2017 arrest

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two Houston constabulary officers person been recovered liable for utilizing excessive unit during a 2017 apprehension and person been ordered to wage thousands of dollars.

A national justice ruled erstwhile HPD serviceman Jacob Simmerman and Christopher Heaven, who's a existent HPD officer, liable for excessive unit and assault.

This stems from a arguable postulation halt successful March 2017 successful which Jose Gomez, present 44, was arrested for a violation.

Simmerman and Heaven person been bid to wage much than $550,000.

Body camera video provided by Gomez's lawyer shows Gomez being pulled implicit arsenic an serviceman stands adjacent to his car window.

In the video, 1 of officers said, "You said you don't person your wallet. Get out, crook astir and enactment your hands down your back."

The video is dark, and it's hard to archer what happens next. Then, you spot Gomez successful handcuffs and perceive an serviceman shouting, "Stop resisting!" Gomez responds successful the video saying, "I didn't bash nothing."
Gomez was arrested for resisting arrest, but the complaint was aboriginal dropped.

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"I asked to myself, 'How travel they don't perceive to what I say?' Like, don't interruption my arm," Gomez said soon aft the video was released. "I've got to enactment tomorrow. That is my wallet. Why they bash that to me? They don't listen. They conscionable instrumentality maine to jail. From the jail, they instrumentality maine to the hospital."

According to Gomez's attorney, helium suffered torn ligaments, injured discs successful his back, bruises connected his look and an injured elbow.

Last year, some officers were cleared by an HPD interior investigation.

"[Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner] and [HPD Chief Troy Finner] request to enactment a halt to this rampart excessive usage of unit successful the Houston Police Department and the interior affair's stamp of approval," said civilian rights lawyer Randall Kallinen. "There person been implicit 100 shootings of civilians caught connected assemblage worn cameras which the metropolis has refused to merchandise for nationalist review. Houston needs a neutral 3rd enactment to reappraisal these shootings and excessive usage of force."

The Houston Police Department has not issued a response.

The video supra is from a erstwhile report.

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