Video: Texas deputy seen punching teen in new video released

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Updated 7:08 pm, Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office released new dash cam and body cam video of an arrest involving a deputy repeatedly punching a teenager in the face on May 25.

The sheriff’s office told that Deputy Logan Jones was placed on administrative leave, while his conduct is being investigated, immediately after the incident in Lampasas, Texas.

According to a press release, both the Lampasas Police Department and sheriff’s office responded to the call of an “erratic driver” at around 3:15 a.m.

During the traffic stop, Jones claimed that he smelled a “strong odor” of alcohol and marijuana and ordered the driver, 18-year-old Quinton Cruce, to exit the vehicle.

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“Deputy Jones observed the driver Quinton Cruce’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and his speech was argumentative and stated he would not get out of the vehicle without a search warrant,” according to the arrest affidavit.

While attempting to arrest Cruce, video footage shows Jones punching him several times in the face.

A Texas deputy is seen punching a teen in video.

A Texas deputy is seen punching a teen in video.

The affidavit states that the deputy claims Cruce suddenly pulled away and struck Jones in the chest with his elbow and kicked Jones several times – something that was not immediately clear from the newly released footage above.

Cruce’s passenger, Gage Blackwell, 18, was also taken into custody.

Blackwell was charged with assault of a public servant, resisting arrest, interference with public duties and being a minor consuming alcohol.

Cruce was charged with interference with public duties, resisting arrest, assault of a public servant and driving while intoxicated.

Sydney Joy, 17, the passenger who recorded the incident and posted it to Twitter, was not arrested.

“The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office is aware of a video that has been circulated on social media,” Sheriff JesusJessG. Ramos said in a press release.

“The sheriff’s office has contacted the prosecutor’s office and has requested the assistance of an outside law enforcement agency to review and thoroughly conduct the use of force in making these arrests.”

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