A police officer has resigned after surveillance video captured him beating a Houston man with a baton during an arrest.
Officer Jairus Warren and a partner approached Darrell Giles, 31, while he was slumped on a bench at a train station around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 14.
Video of the encounter released Monday shows Warren and the civilian exchanging words before Giles jumps up. Warren then hits him at least 12 times before he falls down to the station platform, where he is hit two more times. Giles was taken to jail and charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass, but the charges were later dropped. He told KTRK that he had been told to get off the platform by Warren earlier in the morning and left, but came back to the bench to get his phone when he encountered the officer again. Houston Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers said at a Monday press conference that the video shows excessive force. “Let me just say that I did count the number of times Mr. Giles was struck, but one is too many in my opinion if it’s not justified,” she said. Warren offered his resignation on Monday after the internal use of force investigation found that he should be fired, Bumpers said, It is not clear if the officer will face charges from the local district attorney. He and his partner Daniel Reynoso were both suspended after the encounter, though the chief said Monday that the video did not show the second officer using excessive force.
He was ordered to undergo additional training, according to a statement from METRO Houston.