RAW VIDEO: Two officers on administrative leave after new video from Escarcega investigation
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New video of the Juan Carlos Escarcega arrest caused the Lubbock Police Department to place two officers on paid administrative leave Tuesday pending an investigation, according to Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens.
RAW VIDEO: New dash cam video from Escarcega arrest (47 minutes)
The video, obtained by KCBD's Investigates Team, appears to show officers punching Escarcega repeatedly after he was restrained. KCBD was given the video as part of its original open records request placed August 9. It was only discovered late last week because it was tagged as part of an earlier call. When LPD discovered the video it informed KCBD and made it available today.
The video is from a different angle than previous video. It shows Corporal Ryan Durrett, who was seriously injured when he tried to prevent Escarcega from stealing a police vehicle, being administered first aid by police officers and later by EMS personnel. Just feet away, officers have Escarcega on the ground and eventually handcuffed.
The new video appears to show police officers hitting Escarcega after he's restrained. What is unclear is whether Escarcega is struggling because he is being hit or if he is hit because he is struggling.
According to a release by the Lubbock Police Department:
On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Corporal Ryan Durrett was attempting to arrest Mr. Jose Escarcega for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. Mr. Escarcega evaded Corporal Durrett on foot and then attempted to steal his police vehicle. Mr. Escarcega intentionally assaulted Corporal Durrett by ramming the police vehicle into a utility pole and traffic signal pole. Corporal Durrett sustained serious injuries including a career threatening injury.
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