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Texas Police Officers Fired for Beating Woman Detained for Unpaid Fine

June 05, 2013
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Two police officers in Jasper, Texas, have been fired after being caught on video beating a woman detained for an unpaid fine. The victim, Keyarika Diggles, was allowed to call her mother to help secure the money she needed for an outstanding traffic ticket. But Diggles says the officers who arrested her soon grew impatient. Video surveillance of the room shows the officers pushing her up against a wall, slamming her head into a counter, and then shoving her to the ground. She is then dragged by her ankle into a holding cell. Diggles has filed a lawsuit seeking damages for police brutality. The town of Jasper became known for racial violence in 1998 when James Byrd Jr., an African American, died after being chained to a pickup truck by white assailants and dragged along a rural road, his body badly dismembered.


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