Dallas officer fired for allegedly beating suspect



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Posted on February 23, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 24 at 12:12 AM

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DALLAS — A Dallas police officer has been fired after a dashcam camera allegedly showed him beating a motorist.

The incident happened on January 28 in the Northeast Division during a traffic stop in the 9400 block of Abrams Road.

Chief David Brown said Officer Quaitemes Williams, who is white, is seen on the tape beating a black motorist who was handcuffed.

The video shows Williams striking the man with a flashlight, Brown said.

Williams was fired by Chief Brown on Wednesday afternoon and taken into custody on charges of official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Brown said the video shows Williams and two other officers arresting a suspect named Rodarick Lyles who was driving with a suspended license and was resisting arrest.

During the scuffle, Lyles fell on top of Williams, hurting the officer's arm.

"Officer Williams then began to strike Mr. Lyles with his fist and then with a flashlight to free his arm," Brown said.

One of the other officers took the flashlight from Williams. Lyles was then handcuffed face-down on the pavement, Brown said, adding that the other officers described Williams as angry and "out of control."

The tape also shows Williams dispensing pepper spray Lyles' face and then kicking him after the suspect was already handcuffed.

Brown said Williams' colleagues had to physically push him away from the suspect on two occasions.

The case is under criminal investigation.

Chief Brown praised other officers who came forward to report the use of excessive force. He said this type of behavior will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted.

The chief also said information from the investigation will be turned over to the FBI for possible civil rights violations, although Brown said there was no indication that Williams' actions were racially motivated.

Last year, the department fired three officers,  each of whom was indicted and fired for a similar incident in which a black motorist was beaten. 

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