DPD Chief Brown Suspends Officer Who Shoved Occupy Dallas Protestor For One Day
|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|
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.And that is all the department has to say about that.
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.