Officers involved in Dallas beating to face criminal charges

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on September 15, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 15 at 10:04 PM

DALLAS — Police chief David Brown announced on Wednesday that the three police officers involved in a southern Dallas beating on September 5 will face criminal charges.

Brown's proclamation came as the department finally released dashcam recordings of the incident, nearly 10 days after it happened.

The chief and other city leaders urged citizens to remain calm while the facts of the case are reviewed.

The tape that was released Wednesday shows Dallas police officers Paul Gregory Bauer and Kevin Randolph beating motorcyclist Andrew Collins following a brief pursuit. He does not appear to be resisting arrest.

News 8 has learned that there may be as many as five related recordings that are being withheld by the department.

In the video released on Wednesday, one officer is seen striking Collins with a baton five times. The second officer can be seen punching the suspect twice with his fist and then with his knee.

"This won't be tolerated. Today my expressions to you speak of that intolerance," Brown told reporters.

Investigators will recommend that Officer Randolph be charged with assault, official oppression and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Randolph was fired today for failing probation.

A total of 22 officers showed up where the police pursuit ended in the 4900 block of South Lamar Street. Six officers actually placed their hands on Collins.

A second tape shows Officer Henry Deutsch turning the dash-mounted camera away to obscure what was happening.

Chief Brown said Deutsch; Officer Daniel Malouf; and Officer Robert Kamphouse were also on top of Collins, but no cameras recorded that part of the apprehension.

Officer Bauer will be charged with assault, official oppression and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Officer Duetsch will be charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Officers Jeremy James Francis and Kamphouse will remain on restricted duty; Malouf will remain on desk duty.

Other officers involved will be interviewed, and the FBI will conduct an investigation.

"Every citizen deserves a measure of respect," Brown said. "As chief of police for the city of Dallas, I expect citizens to hold me accountable for insuring that Dallas officers treat all citizens with fairness and compassion."

"No one is above the laws of this great country and I expect officers observing any of their peers violating the law or the department’s rules to report those violations immediately," Brown said.

"No one incident should define the character, integrity, or leadership of the Dallas Police Department," the chief added. "The public’s trust and confidence in the Dallas Police Department cannot and will not be compromised by the misconduct of a few officers."

Chief Brown reached out to the community Wednesday night and even attended the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where Andrew Collins and his family are members.

The pastor talked to the Collins family on Wednesday; they are said to be struggling with what happened on September 5.

The chief said Collins was checked out at the jail and later at a hospital. He suffered bruises, but no broken bones, police said.

Brown said he does not rule out the possibility that race was a factor in the police action against Collins, but added there is no evidence that Collins was targeted because he is African-American.

Police have dropped charges of resisting arrest against Collins.

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