Posted by copwatch | Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:41pm story
State trooper faces charges [BUT NO JAIL] after dashboard camera shows brutal attack on female motorist
By Daily Mail Reporter
October 7, 2010
Shocking video has emerged of a police officer slamming a handcuffed woman face first into a concrete wall, leaving her with a deep gash to her chin.
The horrific images were captured on a Dallas Tollway by Trooper Arturo Perez’s dashboard camera as he tried to arrest the female motorist on suspicion of drink-driving.
The grainy pictures clearly show the officer dragging 22-year-old Whitney Fox towards his police car then body-slamming her into a highway’s concrete dividing wall when she tried to pull away from him.
Captured: Video of Dallas state trooper Arturo Perez who faces charges after slamming a female motorist's head into a concrete wall has been released
The victim is left bloodied and dazed on the ground as a second officer saunters over to help with the arrest.
The woman, who needed hospital treatment for the chin wound and cuts to her knees, is heard telling Perez: 'Oh my God. That was not necessary' as she tries to regain her composure.
Footage of the late-night incident on a toll road in Dallas last October was leaked to the media, causing a wave of outrage.
Horrific: The 22-year-old woman was left with bruising and a gash on her chin after she was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence
Perez, 43, who became a trooper three years ago after 16 years working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, resigned from the Dallas Department of Safety before he could be fired.
He is heard on the video ordering Ms Fox to comply with his instructions.
'You’re fixing to get hurt,' he barks at her. 'Don’t make me put you on the ground, you understand?'
Perez will appear in court next month accused of misdemeanour assault, but will serve no jail time if convicted.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, dropped the drink-driving charge against Ms Fox.
Her attorney, Randy Isenberg, said it was a clear-cut case of an officer using excessive force to make an arrest.
'As a chief felony prosecutor, a county judge, a state district judge, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s horrific, he told Dallas-Fort Worth TV station Fox4.
'It was clearly excessive brutal force, he snapped. He lost his temper and he hurt her really bad.'