Efforts to reach the officers — Patrick Krekel, Bryan Scott-Lee, Courie Bryant, Kendall McGill, Ryan Money and Larry Walker — were unsuccessful. DeSoto Chief Joe Costa, who supplied the DA’s letter to The News, declined to comment.
DeSoto police faced scathing criticism from civil rights groups and U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in the wake of a News investigation that published video footage of the violence.
Last August, Anderson asked a friend to call 911 for help as she tried to break up an argument between two of her sons. The caller suggested someone might be holding a weapon. By the time squad cars swept in the scene was calm.
Videos showed officers, weapons drawn, screaming and shoving family members to get on the ground to be handcuffed.
Anderson and three of her sons appeared confused. They protested but complied. One officer tackled Anderson when she briefly got off the ground. Officers then repeatedly used a Taser on one of her sons, Grant Bible, as he lay on the ground and screamed for 40 seconds.
Dash camera videos showed the Taser use from a distance. But three officers did not activate their body cameras and one was not wearing a camera, preventing a close-up view of the officers’ actions.
Officers also arrested Grant and his brother Sam Bible, though they did not appear to violate any crimes. The charges were later dropped following The News’ stories.
Congresswoman Johnson and the Texas ACLU called the officers’ violence “brutal.’’ Johnson urged the town to create a citizen review board to investigate. DeSoto officials have not done so.
Chief Costa has maintained that the officers did nothing wrong. Although the failure to activate their body cameras broke the department’s policy, the officers were not disciplined.
Sammie Anderson said she’s not bitter at Creuzot’s decision, just shocked he didn’t meet with her family to explain his reasoning.
“I do feel slighted,’’ said Anderson. “The DA has the ability to set the tone for how police treat citizens, to say these things won’t be allowed.’’
Anderson learned of the DA’s decision through her lawyer, Anthony Farmer, who got a phone call from Creuzot’s public integrity chief, LaQuita Long. Long has not responded to messages from The News.
Farmer told The News that Long said her investigators made efforts to talk to witnesses. But despite the call, questions linger, such as whether the officers were interviewed.
Johnson said he and David Henderson, a civil rights attorney with the Ellwanger Law firm, want to take the police video and other evidence to a grand jury under a Texas law that allows “any credible person” to do so.
But first, Johnson needs Creuzot and Long to meet with them to understand what the DA’s office already has done, he said.