Caldwell officer resigns following arrest for treatment of Chester Jackson

Published: Jun. 20, 2019 at 12:22 PM CDT
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Caldwell Police Chief Charles Barnes says Sergeant Robert Baucom has resigned and is no longer a police officer for the City of Caldwell Police Department.

Baucom was indicted Tuesday on a charge of official oppression and arrested at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. He was under an internal affairs investigation by the Caldwell police department prior to his resignation.

According to his indictment, Baucom engaged in “mistreatment that the defendant knew was unlawful, namely throw[ing] said Chester Jackson, Jr. while hands and legs were restrained.”

District Attorney Renken says an investigation by Texas Rangers found no evidence that Baucom's actions caused Jackson's medical condition.

Chester Jackson’s attorney, U.A. Lewis, says Jackson has also been indicted for felony assault on a public servant, though no details have been made public about the assault at this point.

Burleson County District Attorney Julie Renken says it has been the practice of her jurisdiction "for years to release all indictments if and when someone has been arrested," in keeping with the law. Renken cited section 20.22 (b) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure as the reasoning for not releasing further indictments. That section reads, "(b) If the defendant is not in custody or under bond at the time of the presentment of indictment, the indictment may not be made public and the entry in the record of the court relating to the indictment must be delayed until the capias is served and the defendant is placed in custody or under bond."

The Texas Penal Code says official oppression is when a public servant "(1) intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful; (2) intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful; or (3) intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment."

EDITOR'S NOTE: District Attorney Renken clarified to KBTX Thursday afternoon that Baucom's was a direct indictment, and Tuesday's Burleson County grand jury was only tasked with direct indictments, which is why no docket was released from the grand jury. It is the policy of the Burleson County District Attorney's office to release every indictment the day after a grand jury recesses, except for those that have not been arrested.