Grand Jury Charges Officers – North Texas RCFL Supports Investigation Into Brutality Charges
A motorcycle chase, crash and beating were all caught on videotape recorded by dashboard cameras. Examiners with the North Texas RCFL (NTRCFL) analyzed the video and now a grand jury has brought felony charges against three Dallas Police Department (DPD) officers. According to press reports, Officers Paul Bauer and Kevin Randolph were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant for beating motorcyclist Andrew Collins on September 5, 2010. A third officer, Henry Duetsch, was charged with third-degree felony of tampering with physical evidence for removing the camera to prevent further taping of the incident. Kevin Randolph has since been fired from the DPD, a participating agency in the NTRCFL.
News reports stated that prosecutors said Bauer and Randolph spotted Collins sitting on his motorcycle on a sidewalk the night of September 5. Collins fled after the officers shined a spotlight on him and disregarded an order to stop. A chase ensued, followed by a crash and a physical assault. The dashboard cameras showed officers beating Collins, however, the views from one camera were obscured because Officer Deutsch turned the lens away. The beating left Collins with bruises and he developed blood clots. Collins was charged with three traffic warrants, evading arrest, and possession of marijuana. DPD dropped an earlier resisting arrest charge after viewing the videos analyzed by the NTRCFL.
Since the incident, Police Chief David Brown has met with members of the community and various government officials in Dallas, and has enacted several changes to his department's operating procedures.
The FBI's Dallas Division is conducting a civil rights investigation; however, no racial slurs were reportedly heard on the radio transmissions or recordings. Collins is African-American—the 22 officers who responded to the call were either of white or Hispanic descent. The investigations are ongoing.