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The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office has released a copy of videotape that is the centerpiece of a lawsuit filed by a Beaumont man against the Beaumont Police Department.
The tape is of the August 24, 2007 arrest of Derrick Newamn. Newman’s lawyers maintain the tape shows officers using excessive force. Two officers have been indicted as a result of the tape.
KBMT has obtained a copy of the tape for public review. ** Caution, the tape does contain profanity.***
Quite frequently when we are called into service, things don’t always go so well and, against the Officers best wishes, things go bad. The city has equipped the Officers with the tools and training to carry out our duties and to remain safe while doing so. There is no requirement in the law for Officers to have to fight with people to take them into custody. Research and experience show that the quicker a person is taken into custody, the less likely there will be injury to the Officer or the suspect. This is the very reason Officers are issued batons, pepper spray, and Tasers. Unfortunately, in this day and time it is an all to common occurrence for suspects to become violent and why we need to not only be issued these tools but also be allowed to deploy them when needed.
The Beaumont Police Officers Association proudly stands behind Officers Guedry and Burke and will support them throughout this stressful time. We feel certain when all the evidence is brought into the light of day and is properly presented in the judicial system, Officers Guedry and Burke will be fully vindicated.