ROCKSPRINGS — Three videos have surfaced showing a brawl between Edwards County Sheriff’s Officers and juveniles at Rocksprings ISD Tuesday.
Two of the videos have been fused together into one and are below.
In the last video, an officer appears to pull a gun on one of the students after two of the juveniles were cuffed and one of the juveniles were approaching him.
Sheriff Pamela Elliott released a press release Thursday evening concerning what led up to the events at Rocksprings ISD Tuesday to Texas Breaking News.
It’s too long to break down so we have decided to show the release in its entirety. The press release is below.
### PRESS RELEASE ###
Threats to Harm the Mayor of the City of Rocksprings
By Sheriff Pamela Elliott
On May 21, 2019 at approximately 1045 am, the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office executed several search warrants in the 200 block of North Live Oak, 300 block of North Cedar Street, 900 North Cedar Street and the 400 block of South Well Street in the City of Rocksprings for evidence in support of the following charges for a previous city official and their spouse as well as prior city employees:
- Official Oppression
- Abuse of Office
- Abuse of Official Capacity
- Misapplication of Fiduciary Interest concerning payments for city services for citizens
- Theft of gasoline by use of city credit cards
- Theft of construction materials by use of credit cards with home improvement centers
- Engaging in Organized Crime
- Tampering with Government Documents
So, at approximately 1250 pm, several juvenile males (family of previous city official) entered into City Hall, Rocksprings, Texas and began to aggressively request the current Mayor of Rocksprings to go outside for what he feared would be a personal physical assault. According to one statement made, “They were called by his cousin who told them that they took my guns, they took (unnamed juvenile) guns and (unnamed juvenile) guns so I am gonna beat someone ass” so we went with him to City Hall”. But, Edwards County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and the juveniles fled the area towards Rocksprings Independent School District campus where Deputies encountered the subjects as described by the panicked City Hall employees and officials. Immediately upon making contact with one of the male juveniles by the School Resource Officer, the subject began yelling, “You looking for me” with his arms in the air as if motioning to be encountered. He, as well as the other male subjects who had been seen at City Hall, then began to aggressively and violently refuse to be detained by the Deputies of Edwards County.
The video depicts the Deputies attempting to use the least amount of force possible to make the detention of the suspects taking in consideration their violence and aggressive resistance towards the Officers often seen on different videos coming up behind the officers to strike and push them. Several forms of force were utilized to include, physical restraining, OC spray and the threat of deadly force. When I spoke with the subject OC Sprayed he began screaming it was burning and water was immediately provided. When the subject who is seen in the posted video’s attempting to make physical contact with a Deputy who was attempting to subdue another subject, the Officer threaten deadly force and according to some statements obtained, the subject was yelling back at the deputy to “shoot, shoot ‘cmon mother fucker” as he continued his aggressive stance to the Deputy, which was captured on an audio recording obtained by the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office.
The two most aggressive and defiant subjects were taken into custody for violation of Texas Penal Code:
SEC. 22.01. ASSAULT.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse;
(2) intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse; or
(3) intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
(b) An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed against:
(1) a person the actor knows is a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a public servant
SEC 38.15. INTERFERENCE WITH PUBLIC DUTIES.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person with criminal negligence interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes with:
(1) a peace officer while the peace officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted by law
(b) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
SEC 38.03. RESISTING ARREST, SEARCH, OR TRANSPORTATION.
(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally prevents or obstructs a person he knows is a peace officer or a person acting in a peace officer’s presence and at his direction from effecting an arrest, search, or transportation of the actor or another by using force against the peace officer or another.
(b) It is no defense to prosecution under this section that the arrest or search was unlawful.
(c) Except as provided in Subsection
(d), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Immediately after the incident, Sheriff Elliott seized several cell phones from students who had recorded the incident as evidence in the matter. Each student was then asked to go to the Sheriff’s Office and provide the video coverage of the matter to the Investigator. No student or any other person was requested to delete any video, picture or other items contained in their phones as related in some Facebook postings about the matter. It was very productive to have captured so many views of the incident, which did result in further charges to be brought against other individuals who participated in assaulting, resisting, and interfering while the Deputies were attempting to detain the actor or actors who had threatened bodily harm to an elected official. Thank you to all the students of RISD who submitted their videos, your assistance in this matter yielded many critical views of a violent incident.
During the very violent and disorderly encounter with the juveniles at the RISD Campus, several staff members and school officials provided Good Samaritan assistance to the Deputies. Edwards County Sheriff’s Office appreciates your assistance, Thank you.
### END OF PRESS RELEASE ###
Texas Breaking News also reached out to Rocksprings ISD and they said they couldn’t comment on it since it was an active investigation.
This is developing and this article will be updated as more information is gathered.
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