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Jefferson County grand jury votes to take no action in connection with officer involved West Brook incident

Both Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw and the lawyer for part-time BISD Officer Stephen Rivers issued statements following the grand jury's decision to take no action in connection with an officer involved incident at West Brook.

Statement from District Attorney's Office:


Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw has announced that the May Term Jefferson County Grand Jury voted to take no action after considering the circumstances of a March 7, 2014, officer involved altercation on the West Brook High School Campus of the Beaumont Independent School District.

According to reports in the case, on March 7, 2014, on the Westbrook High School Campus, a sixteen year old student was involved in an altercation with another student that escalated into a physical fight.  BISD Public Safety Officer Melisa Moore attempted to restrain the student, who continued to resist her efforts.  BISD Officer Stephen Rivers assisted PSO Moore in an attempt to restrain and ultimately arrest the student for resisting detention and assault on a public servant.  During the struggle, the student was taken to the ground with Officer Rivers attempting to place the student's left arm behind his back to be handcuffed.  During that attempt, the student's arm was broken.  Officer Rivers was placed on unpaid leave pending the action of the Grand Jury.  Additionally, no charges were filed against the students who are both juveniles.
Texas Penal Code Section 39.03 states that the charge of Official Oppression is a Class A misdemeanor but requires presentation to the Grand Jury to be true billed.

The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Rangers Division.

Statement from lawyer Gordon Friesz on behalf of Officer Stephen Rivers:

From the outset of the unfortunate incident between Officer Rivers and the student at West Brook High School, Officer Rivers has strongly maintained his innocence.  We are grateful to the grand jury for objectively and thoroughly looking at all of the evidence and reaching what we believe to be the proper conclusion in this case. 

 

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