Mother of man convicted of assaulting officer speaks out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/12/09

Mother of man convicted of assaulting officer speaks out

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Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The mother of a man sentenced for tasing a Lubbock Police Officer is speaking out. Her son, Antonio Olivarez, is now serving 20 years in prison and she doesn't think that it's fair. 

Esther Rojas says her son was treated unfairly by Lubbock Police, and does not deserve the prison sentence he was given on Wednesday. "There's more to this story," said Rojas.

Rojas is the mother of 30-year-old Antonio Olivarez. Police tell us in May of 2007, Olivarez fled from officers after they tried to stop him for a traffic violation. After they caught him, the police report states the officer tased Olivarez, but Olivarez then took the taser and shocked the officer with it.

But Rojas says Lubbock Police used unnecessary force on her son. "Once you have a person who is already handcuffed on the ground, why do you have like ten officers then come back and keep hitting him in the ambulance while he's already in there and then tased eight times? You tell me," said Rojas.

Two years later Olivarez had his day in court and, on Wednesday, a Lubbock jury sentenced him to 20 years for the assault of a peace officer and also 20 years for taking a weapon from a peace officer. He'll serve those sentences at the same time. "I'm not saying that all the officers are like that, there are some good officers out there. But there are dirty officers out there, they are not going by the way the Police Academy trained them," said Rojas.

On Friday, Lubbock Police tell us there are no accusations of wrong doing against the officers involved in this case. Rojas says her son plans to appeal the guilty verdict.

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