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On June 1, 2020, the Beaumont Police Department was made aware of a video being circulated on social media involving police officers at Parkdale Mall. The 29 second video depicted a few moments of an incident that lasted more than half of an hour.
On the evening of Saturday, February 22, 2020, multiple Beaumont Police Officers were dispatched to Parkdale Mall in reference to 20 or more juveniles fighting in the parking lot. Officers arrived and found a large group of people in the parking lot, with a single peace officer who had called for assistance. The on-scene officer pointed out one female who had been fighting, as she walked away across the parking lot. Beaumont officers called out to and began to approach the juvenile who was walking away. As officers approached and tried to handcuff her, a 17 year old male, who was wearing a yellow sweatshirt, yelled and reached out in an attempt to interfere with the arrest. That male was told that he was under arrest. The male then resisted the officers, who were able to push him to the ground to try to gain control of him. Once on the ground, he was rolled onto his stomach, and one officer applied pressure to the male’s upper back and neck with his knee, to hold him while he was being handcuffed. The officer did not place his full weight on the suspect.
During this stressful ordeal, no one was injured, and the disturbance was resolved quickly due to the actions of the officers. After reviewing all audio and video evidence available, including body-camera footage, I support the actions of the officers. This officer was attempting to use this method of control in accordance with the policy and rules of the Beaumont Police Department. Despite averaging more than 6,000 arrests per year, we have never had a major issue with the technique. Officers are trained to only use the amount of force necessary to make an arrest. The suspect was immediately stood up, removed to a safe location, and placed in a patrol vehicle in accordance with officers’ training in the prevention of positional asphyxia.
The young man told the officer that he was only trying to protect his younger sister. After some conversation, he indicated that he had made a mistake and apologized to the officer for his actions. The officer noted his good attitude, and ultimately, decided to release him without filing any criminal charges.
It is sad that these officers did nothing wrong, but are now getting death threats. It is disconcerting that people in the community are making derogatory and disparaging remarks toward the officers after seeing a seconds-long video. I believe that Beaumont Police Officers are doing an excellent job during extremely difficult circumstances, and I am proud of the work that our officers do despite what some civic leaders say about issues that they know very little about.
The Beaumont Police Department has been very fortunate to be able to establish and maintain excellent relationships with the Beaumont Chapter of the NAACP, the 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont, and other community leaders. During the past few weeks, we have been in close contact with these organizations. We stand together and are very troubled by the horrible death of George Floyd. I have been asked to consider changing our handcuffing techniques to eliminate placing pressure on the heads and necks of arrestees. After careful consideration, I have decided the Beaumont Police Department will not teach or condone techniques that involve the intentional use of knees on an arrestee’s head or neck as a contact point.
We will continue to strive to serve our citizens with integrity, fairness, and respect.
It’s heartbreaking to fathom choices that officers have to make daily. I stand behind the blue and know without a shadow of doubt that the majority of our law enforcement officers have no bias and definitely would not make choices to harm anyone based off their race. Or to physically harm anyone they took an oath to protect.
I Really appreciate Cops that know how to do their jobs without killing someone! Man, I hate that the Good Cops have to suffer for the bad! Because they’re plenty of good cops out there. But the bad cops are being left out in the world to continue killing people and the victim families not getting JUSTICE is the PROBLEM! But I appreciate this Chief for taking such a Big step and that’s implementing CHANGE! Something the President need to take notes from.
I’m so glad for body cams. Parkdale is a hub for unruly juveniles. Law abiding juveniles can’t even go to the mall without an adult now. Heck I’m an adult and I won’t even go there anymore. 😑Keep doing your job. 🙂
Good job BPD! I can’t imagine the stress involved in your work. I am glad this situation turned out ok , as we all try to better ourselves & our understanding please parents remember to teach your children to respect authority.
We are all human, we all make mistakes and we should all make sure that we learn from them. But we the citizens should not be attacked or belittled for wanting accountability. It’s not wrong to have that. It’s not wrong to question something we see. If we are viewing it as wrong now, why was it okay then? I don’t feel it was but that’s just my personal opinion. We see how it can turn out now and I feel like we as a community can do better. But now this post is talking about civil leaders? The associations press release spoke directly about a council woman who wanted things to change because of her strong feelings about it. Seems like a lot of blame being placed on people who are genuinely trying to help and get answers. I can’t imagine what a police officer goes through or sees day to day. But I pray for each and every one of you to make good choices, be honest, be safe and that you’ll get to come home to your families. Partner with your community and those trying to help you.
Keep up the great work keeping us safe! 💙
Thank God for our Beaumont Police Officers! Bless them and keep them safe as they answer calls for help. 🙏🇺🇸
I cannot imagine all that you all face daily. I pray daily for our communities and leaders, and first responders. Blessings 🙏
It has not helped that the media who made sure this was broadcast far and wide used it to exploit an already heightened crisis situation nation wide. God forbid that Beaumont be left out of the fray, let take a minute portion of a bystander’s video and sell it to the world. I am thankful for LE everywhere, and the MAJORITY of LEO who are just and right in the performance of their duties.
Sadly, the lies being spread by people. Keep Up the Good Work Guys! I know you are getting a hard time thrown at you.
Unfortunately, many of these juveniles at the mall have no respect for authority whatsoever. I can only imagine what your officers have to deal with citywide..
I don't understand why the video would matter its a few months ago. Its the past. I greatly appreciate all the work and help Beaumont police do. Thank you for your service and for the protection. Be safe and be blessed
Great explanation Chief. I support our Police Department 💯
We stand behind the blue. If people would go back to obeying the commands of the police there would be knee needed .
Thank you for telling the whole truth keep up the good work
Your job is so dangerous and difficult. Thank you for all you do, BPD.
That was my 40th bday! Glad it was special for some other folks
Keep up the good work and praying for all of you to remain safe .
So it was ok that no death had come from these? Smh the police are trained professionals with way of take down with out harm! Not justifying the behavior of youth but these isn’t something that should not be overlooked he need to be spoken with are retrained this could have easily went wrong!
Why now...Nobody said anything before George Floyd..a complaint should have been filed then the young man nor his family spoke out about this sooner just my opinion
So contradicting. First he was resisting arrest....which I didn't see that ...so you could not have watched the same video. Then turn around and said the officer noted his good attitude. Which one is it?
Dam a juvenile you do that to but let a parent do that you would be ready to put cps in the parent life. So if a parent can’t do it what makes it right for an officer to do it?
Thank you Beaumont PD.
All they interested in is trying to find a reason to riot and loot. Minneapolis has proved this. It wasn’t about Floyd being murdered but looting is what it was for
It’s sad that they have explain themselves like this. 🤦🏼♀️
Judge Wayne McDanielPlease see my weekly COVID-19 report for Hardin County. Our active cases of the virus remain relatively low, and I continue to be very proud of Hardin County citizens for working, living and playing safely during the “Coronavirus-Times” we now live in. I ask everyone to please keep up the great work!
I also want to ensure all residents of Hardin County that your Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the situation with Tropical Storm Cristobal and we will continue to do so. Please watch for updates on the Hardin County Emergency Management Facebook page, and be cautious of information that may come from unreliable sources. Our local media outlets, including their social media platforms, the National Weather Service – Lake Charles, and the National Hurricane Center are your best sources for information on this and any other tropical development.
Our Office of Emergency Management is prepared for the 2020 Hurricane Season, and I encourage everyone to be vigilant in your preparedness as well. Please visit: www.ready.gov/hurricanes for up-to-date preparedness tips, including guidelines for protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19 in the event you decide you must travel to another community or a shelter.
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Visit the following websites for information on preparedness for not only this system, but any others that develop over the season:
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