Texas officers charged with assault in response to George Floyd protests

Body camera footage of another police officer, Michael Bui, recorded someone believed to be Officer Bui saying, “He’s going to be in pain tomorrow,” according to court documents.

Moments later, body camera footage captured a conversation between Officer Bui, who has not been charged, and Corporal Mabry. In the video, Officer Bui asked Corporal Mabry if he had shot a man; the corporal said he did and punched Officer Bui, according to the warrant.

“We have the high velocity shells,” Corporal Mabry said, according to the warrant. “That’s why I was able to bring him from so far away.”

Corporal Mabry also fired two shots at a man, hitting him in the right bicep, left testicle and thigh, according to court documents.

The indictments echo other cases of misconduct involving officers responding to protests over the 2020 killing of Mr. Floyd in police custody, such as in Austin, Texas, Columbus, Ohio and Denver, where police used force to disperse demonstrations.

Mr Williams was fired from the Dallas Police Department in January for violating the department’s use of force policy in a separate episode, and Officer Mabry is on administrative leave while he faces an investigation, Dallas police said.

Officer Privitt will be assigned to administrative duties, Garland Police said.

Robert Rogers, a lawyer for Mr Williams, said on Friday Mr Williams had two options when called to action: ‘Do nothing, let the town center burn and his fellow officers get hurt, or use the tools he was provided with and called upon to be used by his staff to quell the ongoing riots. He obviously chose the latter and now faces even more absurd criminal charges for lawfully targeting individuals who were clearly agitators.

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