Metro not releasing video of beating involving officers

Two Metro Police officers have been suspended after they were involved in the beating of a homeless man earlier this week. Metro is not releasing the surveillance footage of the incident at this time.

HOUSTON - Members of the Black Lives Matter Movement are demanding that Metro release video of a man being beaten by a Metro cop. 

On Thursday, two Metro officers, D. Reynoso and J. Warren, were suspended following the incident at the Burnett Transit Center.  

"Just want you to know straight off the bat, we are not going to tolerate excessive force by our officers," Metro Chief Vera Bumpers said Friday. 

The video reportedly shows Warren repeatedly hitting Darryl Giles with a baton, according to investigators. He was struck 15 times, according to his attorney. 

"A man slumped over at a Metro rail platform, it is not a reason to pull out your baton and beat him senseless," said Ashton Woods with Black Lives Matter. 

The group wants the Justice Department to investigate the incident and they want the video released. 

"Just for transparency, just to see what happened, the citizens of Houston need to know what's going on," Woods said. "If that video is not released by 2 o'clock on Monday, we will be here."

Bumpers said the video is a critical part of the criminal investigation and won't be released until the investigation is over. 

She said Reynoso witnessed the beating but did not participate. 

Charges were dropped Friday against Giles, who was arrested after the altercation with Metro officers.

According to court records,he was initially charged with resisting arrest and trespassing. 


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