DPD Chief Brown Suspends Officer Who Shoved Occupy Dallas Protestor For One Day

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At the top, that's Hollis giving Benavides a shove off the planter, as seen in this video that led the DPD chief to open his investigation
Seems like forever ago, but it was just last month that Stephen Benavides spent a few days in county lock-up on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest during that Occupy Dallas protest at the downtown Bank of America. But then, a few days and one YouTube clip later, Dallas Police Chief David Brown acknowledged: Benavides maybe didn't start it. Maybe an off-duty DPD officer working an off-duty security job maybe pushed Benavides off that downtown-sidewalk planter. At which point Brown ordered a formal investigation.

Moments ago, the department sent word: Brown's wrapped his look-see into the incident, and he's handed down his punishment to officer Jimmy Hollis, a 19-year veteran of the department. Says the release, Hollis has received a one-day suspension and has been restricted from working off-duty jobs for 60 days. So, then: What now happens to Benavides's case -- not to mention those charged with "improper use of a sidewalk"? To the release we go:
The protestor that was pushed from the planter was subsequently arrested for Assault on a Public Servant. In the interest of justice, Chief Brown has requested the Dallas County District Attorney's Office to now process this case as if it were a Grand Jury Referral. This will mean that the District Attorney's Office, at the request of Chief Brown, will present the case to the Grand Jury without arguing for or against an indictment This will allow the decision on whether or not an indictment is appropriate to rest solely with the Grand Jury.

Also in the interest of justice, Police Chief Brown has requested the City Attorney's Office to dismiss all "Use of Sidewalk" charges issued during the protest on that date.
And that is all the department has to say about that.
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Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

Notice that stories about the occupy movement often never talk about whatever causes or problems that they claim to be protesting.  Its always about the subject in this story, or about homeless living in a campsite, or about protesters causing problems for nearby businesses or apartments, or about demolition of a campsite or some other non-cause issue.  In New York, the story was not about any cause but about protesters demanding a church give them property to camp on and when refused, tried to break into the church fence and take over anyway - so much for the rights of others.  The protesters may have some valid points and concerns but its hard to determne what they are when stories are about all this other stuff. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Lord, there is no pleasing some of you. He has been punished, both professionally and financially. What, cut off his hands?Nail his feet to a planter? Be careful for what you ask for, since Benavides did  MUCH WORSE to a fellow OD'r a few days later. Extrapolate what you think is appropriate for the off duty cop  for one shove---- into a guy beating up another---

He has asked that 14 tickets get dismissed. So, in other words, some who may have deserved punishment, get off, too. Move on, Moveon.org. Next time, stay within the law. --And maybe don't ask OD with a professional agitator to come along for the ride.

Badmknkey
Badmknkey

You all don't know what it is to bee a cop in Dallas, probablyWouldn't last one day,. Just think, dealing with people like you everyday.

james
james

bein' a cop in dallas is likely a very difficult job, but that ain't no excuse fer  cops to abuse a citizen. if i'm a auto repair shop an' i got a tough aggravatin' problem, do i go kickin' dents in customers car? if i'm a grocer an' i got a shitty day at work dealin' with loudmouth assholes, do i put dogshit in folks' food? or if i'm waiter in a restaurant an' i'm havin' a tough day ....or a pharmacist...lotsa jobs give us chances to blow our customers confidence...to the point of criminality. suppose everyone was like that cop.

Guest
Guest

Asking people to follow the law when they're asking people to follow the law doesn't seem like too much to ask.

chago river
chago river

people really need to start contemplating taking justice into their own hands. clearly the judicial system is a failure especially cases concerning police brtutality

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Really? Vigilantism in Dallas? What a forward thinker you are. He did not shove this guy as a cop, since he was off-duty, therefore, it is NOT police brutality. Learn the difference.

Guest
Guest

Oh, well if he wasn't a cop at the time, then surely he will be charged with assault.

And the guy who pushed back clearly can't have his case referred to the grand jury as an assault on a public servant because the guy wasn't a public servant at the time.

I guess the Chief is just misinformed.

OccupyPlanters
OccupyPlanters

I suspect the 60 ban on off-duty jobs is far more punitive than the suspension. How much money will he lose not being a rent-a-cop thorugh the holidays? I hope it puts a dent in his bullet budget.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

While the officer does deserve a day suspension, I take more issue w/ Benevedes, as the guys a total jackass in person (see: fight at buzzbrews).

Albert
Albert

Union Activists from the East should be shoved to the ground on general principle.

Ed D.
Ed D.

The victim spent four days in jail so it seems only fair that the officer's suspension be extended to an equal length.

james
james

victim was pepper sprayed and locked up 4 days. at the very least, perp shyould be locked up twice that. all police pepper spray victims of the day should be invited in to pepper spray perp daily whilst in its cage. that would be fair. perp who acted under color of law gits a paid day off? but brown ain't interested in  justice and fair play. typical dallas cop.

Guest
Guest

"Chief Brown Rewards Officer Who Shoved Occupy Dallas Protestor With Extra Day Off"

james
james

fuck you and your jackbooted thugs brown

Anon
Anon

Love the headline: "DPD Chief Brown Suspends Officer Who Shoved Occupy Dallas Protestor For One Day" Surely the officer got tired at some point during the day of shoving? :)

Gabe
Gabe

There's a great Mitch Hedberg joke along similar lines, "I haven't slept for four days, because that would be too long." RIP Mitch. 

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