Former Houston-area deputy acquitted in 2011 kicking case
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston-area deputy has been acquitted in a 2011 videotaped traffic stop in which he was accused of kicking a handcuffed driver who was on the ground.
Jimmy Drummond was acquitted Wednesday of misdemeanor official oppression. Drummond was a Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable and supervisor during the incident captured on patrol car video. The 50-year-old Drummond is no longer in law enforcement.
The Houston Chronicle reports it was not disputed at trial that the driver had mental health issues. Investigators alleged he ran a stop sign near his family’s home, then several of his relatives fought with responding officers and were also arrested. Charges were dropped.
A judge in 2013 dismissed the charge against Drummond, ruling the statute of limitations expired. An appeals court reversed that decision.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com