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Was Excessive Force Used in a Texas Student’s Arrest?

Recently, the arrest of a college student at a mall in Houston sparked social media outrage, with some claiming it was excessive after a video of the incident was released to the public. KTRK-TV reported that the arrest occurred in September at the Willowbrook Mall. The student involved in the incident, Jesse Valdez, said that he was riding a Segway scooter when a Deputy Constable asked him to get off the device. “The officer asked me to get off the Segway, and I asked him if this is a rule, or the law that I have to get off the Segway,” Valdez said, according the KTRK. “Instead of politely answering my question, he used force and took me off the Segway.” Valdez claims that he was thrown against the wall after being taken off the vehicle and threatened with the use of a Taser. Video of the incident, recorded by…
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Texas Coach Arrested for Cursing at Officer in Stands

In an unusual story generating statewide headlines, a North Texas woman was arrested after she was accused of cursing at an off-duty police officer while she was coaching a girl’s basketball game. According to CBS News, Jessica Curs, a 31-year-old mother and youth league coach, called the police officer, who was allegedly in plain clothes, a “dick” during a February game in Alvarado. Curs, from Burleson, claims that her team faced verbal abuse during the game and she exchanged words with an off-duty police captain. Two months later, an arrest warrant was issued, as her behavior was deemed a criminal offense. A referee who witnessed the ordeal said Curs’ arrest is absurd. “I blow the whistle. I turn to report my foul and I’ve got some guy standing on the edge of the gym floor grabbing a coach by the arm, trying to pull her off the court,” Andy Love…
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