A Jasper Police Department 911 dispatcher, who was briefly seen in a May 5th, 2013 video of two male Jasper police officers roughing up a female arrestee in the city jail, has now been arrested herself following a disturbance with her boyfriend, who was one of those officers in the video.
According to Captain Bob Walker of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a 911 call from a child at 1:40 Wednesday morning, reporting that her mother, 31-year-old Linsey Davenport, was involved in a disturbance with her boyfriend, Ryan Cunningham. Walker said the incident occurred on Recreational Road 255 in front of the Christus Family Practice Center at Lake Sam Rayburn.
Cunningham, along with Ricky Grissom, were the police officers who dealt with Keyarika Diggles following her arrest. In the video, Grissom was seen becoming agitated with Diggles, and he then pushed her on her shoulders. A few seconds later, Cunningham was seen coming out of the communications office and taking Diggles by the hair and body slamming her to the floor. Cunningham then dragged Diggles by her feet into a holding cell.
Cunningham and Grissom were fired by the Jasper City Council during a special called meeting on Monday morning.
Davenport, who was on duty, briefly appeared in the video when she left her dispatching post and watched the incident from a doorway. Davenport was then seen holding the cell door open while Grissom and Cunningham placed Diggles inside.
According to Captain Walker, deputies at the scene told him that Davenport was intoxicated, and Cunningham was driving, while her 12-year-old daughter was riding in the back seat. Walker said Davenport became belligerent with the child, which prompted Cunningham to speak up in defense of the child. At that point, Walker said Davenport turned on Cunningham and began assaulting him.
Walker said Cunningham stopped the vehicle, meanwhile the child called 911 on a cell phone and told Jasper County dispatchers what was going on.
According to Walker, Davenport severely beat Cunningham, resulting in a separated shoulder and other injuries. However, Cunningham was able to pop his shoulder back into place, and refused medical treatment for his other injuries.
Walker said there was no evidence that Cunningham ever struck Davenport, so he was released with no charges filed.
According to Walker, Davenport was cooperative with deputies at the scene, and she was taken into custody without incident. However, once inside the Jasper County Jail, Walker said Davenport became hostile with jailers, and they had to strap her into a chair to keep her under control.
Davenport appeared before Precince 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Smith on Wednesday morning and was charged with assault-family violence, and resisting arrest. Her bond was set at a total of $4,000.00, and she was released a short time later after making arrangements to post bail.
KJAS News spoke to Jasper Police Captain Gerald Hall. Hall said that Davenport has been with the department 3-4 years, and she is still employed as a dispatcher. According to Hall, sheriff’s department reports of the incident will be obtained and provided to Communications Supervisor Lena Lavander, and she will make a decision on what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken.
Hall said that Davenport is currently on her regular scheduled days off, but when she returns, she will immediately be placed on administrative leave, pending the results of an internal investigation regarding the incident.
Regarding her involvement in the Keyarika Diggles incident, Hall said Davenport did not violate any department policies, and after Diggles calmed down, Davenport searched her and helped her to change into inmate clothing. Hall said that is standard procedure for female officers or female dispatchers to assist in that way with female arrestees.