Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said three Dallas police officers, who have all been fired, have been indicted on charges relating to a videotaped chase and beating of a motorcycle rider.
Former Dallas police officer Paul Gregory Bauer has been indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor assault and official oppression. Former Dallas police officer Kevin Ray Randolph has been indicted on aggravated assault by a public servant, official oppression and tampering with government records. Former Dallas officer Henry Walter Duetsch has been indicted on tampering with physical evidence.
"This is a very important case for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, as well as the Dallas Police Department. We want to reiterate to the public, that we have a world class police department here in Dallas. These three officers are the exception and not the rule," said Watkins.
Patrol car dashboard camera video, released by Dallas Police Chief David Brown earlier this month, showed the officers hitting the motorcycle rider, Andrew Collins, after a short chase. The officers pursued Collins on the night of Sept. 5, for allegedly riding his motorcycle on a south Dallas sidewalk.
After a short chase, Collins stopped along the 4900 block of South Lamar Street. The officers were seen on videotape beating Collins with a police baton and fists, all while Collins was on the ground.
Randolph hit Collins repeatedly with his baton and his partner, Bauer, struck Collins with his fist, police said. Off camera, Collins can be heard begging for mercy. Collins had visible bruises on his thigh and blood-clotting, police said.
Watkins added Thursday that police have dropped all charges against the suspect at the request of the police department.
"As it relates to Andrew Collins, the individual that was assaulted by these officers, he initially was charged with three misdemeanors, evading arrest, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana," said Watkins. "Those charges have been retracted by the Dallas Police Department, and we have honored their wishes."