DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A former Dallas Police officer finds himself on the opposite side of a criminal court case.
Quaitemes Williams in on trial for official oppression. He’s accused of abusing his power during a traffic stop in 2011.
Jurors watched dashcam video of the incident, which shows suspect Rodarick Lyles struggling against several officers as they try to put handcuffs on him. The video shows Officer Williams using his flashlight as a baton to hit Lyles, while everyone involved is on the ground.
Later in the video, as Lyles lies on the ground handcuffed, Williams can be seen coming back into the frame, reaching down and spraying mace in Lyles’ face. He also kicks Lyles in the face.
Lyles testified in court today saying, “I couldn’t believe someone would take that much force someone who’s in handcuffs.”
But Williams’ attorney, George Milner, said Williams was doing what he had to do.
“He never did anything that he knew was unlawful. He was trying to gain compliance of a very hostile noncompliant prisoner and he had every right to do what he did,” he said.
DPD Chief David O. Brown fired Williams three years ago, after the incident.
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