KBTX obtains video showing Caldwell cop pushing inmate in county jail
The attorney representing a Burleson County man who was put on life support following a brief stay in the county jail has provided KBTX video evidence showing a Caldwell police officer pushing her client while in handcuffs.
The video, which you can watch in the player above, shows two times when Chester Jackson, Jr. falls to the ground. After one fall, an officer says to Jackson, "Hey, you fell."
In the second fall, Jackson bounces off a metal bed and appears to hit his head against a toilet.
"There is a video of Chester Jackson, Jr. having a severe mental crisis in jail, just as his mother stated," said U.A. Lewis. "The video depicts the Caldwell police sergeant who was suspended, throwing Chester."
Lewis says the video also shows the officer, whose name has not been publicly released, refuting the claims that he threw Jackson, by stating instead he fell.
Lewis says she obtained the video Friday night and it shows the incident happening at 11:23 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.
The officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, according to Caldwell Police Chief Charles Barnes. The Texas Rangers are also assisting with the investigation.
Jackson, 30, of Somerville, was arrested last month on a public intoxication charge near his home by a Burleson County deputy.
After making a guilty plea, he was sentenced to a one-day stay at the county jail. During that weekend, Jackson was transported by a deputy to a hospital in Austin where he was listed in critical condition.
Lewis says Jackson remains in the hospital in critical but improving condition.
"It should not have taken this long for us to obtain this video. I'm also upset that there were other officers there who saw this and didn't come forward sooner than they did," said Lewis. "It's absolutely troubling that they knew he was having a mental crisis, and this is how they treated him."
Lewis says Jackson's parents have seen the video and it made them sad. "It hurt them," she said.
Lewis said it's possible that legal action is pursued in this case, but it's too soon to say for sure. "We're still going through the information we've collected."
The Houston-based attorney also claims important documents in the case are missing, including records of the arrest, the guilty plea and the sentenced handed down by a Justice of the Peace following Jackson's arrest.