“Why Would You Do This To A Girl?”

by Jamison Koehler on January 3, 2011

It has to be the random acts of violence – unexpected and without justification — that shock the most.  Routine police work is followed by a spasm of violence that changes two peoples’ lives.

According to Injustice Everywhere, 23-year-old Whitney Fox called 911 after the car she was driving hit a retaining wall on a freeway in Dallas.  The officers administered field sobriety tests and then, deciding to arrest her, Officer Perez handcuffed her and pushed her back against the wall.  Fox objected to the officer putting his hands on her, and the officer warned her that she was “fixing to get hurt.”  Fox then twisted away from the officer as he started to lead her back to his cruiser.

“That wasn’t necessary,” Fox told the officer afterward.  “Why would you do this to a girl?”

James Holland, the Texas Ranger who investigated the case, testified at the officer’s trial that Perez was trying to prevent Fox from escaping or running into traffic, a claim that is wholly unsupported by the videotape. Fox was never charged with any offense, and the officer was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to six months of probation.

Of all the videotapes I have seen this past year, this one has to be among the most disturbing.

4 Comments on ““Why Would You Do This To A Girl?”

  1. A disturbing video, but thankfully this time it was captured by the officer’s dash cam. Unfortunately, this type of conduct is rampant and very seldom caught on tape.

    Not to go on a tangent, but it angers me when police officers intimidate those who tape record them. I wish we had more laws on the books offering exceptions to wiretapping laws for citizens video recording the police when they are on the job.

  2. Typical street justice. What happened at trial?

  3. Fox was never charged with anything. Officer Perez was convicted of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to 6 months probation. He was also suspended from his job.

  4. Tx, J. The conviction made any 1983 judgment most likely uncollectable

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