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Two cops caught on video assaulting a woman in a Texas jail receive no indictment

Two cops caught on video assaulting a woman in a Texas jail receive no indictment

Fri Dec 05, 2014 at 07:23 AM PST

Last month, a Grand Jury in Jasper, Texas, cleared two police officers after they assaulted a black woman named Keyarika Diggles in Jasper City Jail in May of 2013. The whole incident was caught on tape.

Police station surveillance video showed the officers wrestling Keyarika Diggles to the ground while dispatcher Lindsey Davenport watched. One of the officers grabbed a handful of Diggles hair and slammed her against the police station counter. Together they dragged her by her feet into a darkened holding cell.

What was her crime? A partially unpaid parking ticket.

Along with the damning video footage, the case was troubling because Cunningham and Grissom had arrested Diggles at home that morning for nothing more than an unpaid traffic ticket. And the ticket wasn’t quite unpaid—the single mother of two had been paying down her debt in monthly installments. Even after those payments, she still owed $100 at the time Grissom and Cunningham knocked on her door—but it’s still not clear why they’d chosen to arrest her that day.

Diggles received $75K in a civil suit. Jasper’s city council voted to can Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham, the two cops who beat Diggles. While this is is good news, it’s still astounding that such a violent incident was caught on tape and still resulted in no indictment.

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I was so sad to see this..so sad..
The After math – Source Yahoo News
A southeast Texas town with a history of racial unrest on Monday fired two white police officers recently captured on video slamming a black woman’s head into a countertop and wrestling her to the ground.
“The amount of force used was abominable,” the woman’s attorney, Cade Bernsen, told Yahoo News.
The incident was captured by security cameras at the Jasper, Texas, police headquarters.
Keyarika “Shea” Diggles, 25, was brought to the jail on May 5 for an unpaid fine, according to Bernsen. He said she was was on the phone with her mother trying to arrange to get the $100 owed when Officer Ricky Grissom cut off the call.
There’s no audio on the video, but Diggles and Grissom were apparently arguing when Officer Ryan Cunningham comes in behind Diggles and attempts to handcuff her. When she appears to raise her hand, Cunningham grabs Diggles by the hair and slams her head into a countertop. The officers wrestle Diggles to the ground before dragging her by her ankles into a jail cell.
“She got her hair pulled out, broke a tooth, braces got knocked off … it was brutal,” Bernsen said.
Diggles was charged with resisting arrest for arguing with the officers, a charge dropped on Monday, according to Bernsen.

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