Samantha Slanger, the infamous Texas Sheriff’s Department officer who was caught on tape slamming a handcuffed teen into a wall and beating him with her baton during a traffic stop, is set to go to trial next week, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The former deputy will be tried for felony criminal mischief and abuse of power and misdemeanor assault, and she faces up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the Dallas News.
According to the article, Slager will plead not guilty to the charges.
Slager has been on leave since the incident on April 5, 2016, when she was responding to a report of a woman who had been “running down the road” and the victim “was coming at her with a baseball bat.”
Slager’s use of force during the incident was caught by a dashboard camera in the video, which shows her slamming the victim to the ground with her fists and kneeing him in the head and face with her forearm.
The video was played for jurors during Slager’s trial.
Slanger has been under scrutiny since it was revealed she assaulted an unarmed black teenager, Deandre Campbell, who was riding a bicycle with his mother, when he was stopped for speeding in 2015.
The two were on a separate patrol, according a transcript of the video obtained by the Dallas Observer.
A Dallas police report states that Campbell “was acting aggressively and aggressively towards the deputy,” and that “the victim had his hands in the air.”
The victim, who also went by the nickname Samantha, was able to use the word “stop” in a language Slager could not understand and was later placed in a chokehold, the report said.
“He was getting choked.
He was trying to say ‘stop,'” the victim said in the audio recording.”
Stop,” Slager yelled, and the teen “had his hands up, he was on his knees and he was being choked.”
In the video of the incident, Slanger can be heard yelling, “Stop!” and “Get away from me!
Get away from him!”
The victim could be heard saying, “No, no, no.”
He also can be seen crying, “Please stop.
In a statement, Campbell’s mother, Gloria Campbell, said the family was “very disappointed” in the outcome of Slager and that the “totally unacceptable” conduct was “a violation of human rights.”
“I am devastated,” Gloria Campbell said.
“I am angry, and I am disgusted.
It is not the first time he has been arrested and charged with a crime and this is going to make me furious.
I think we have to stand up for our kids.
We have to take a stand.
We are going to fight.”
In December 2016, Slagers defense attorneys requested a jury trial because of her past history of disciplinary issues, according the Dallas Independent.
The incident happened just months after the shooting death of 19-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked nationwide protests.
“In addition to the video being the catalyst for the civil rights movement, it was the first video that sparked our entire community to stand against racism and racial profiling,” Campbell said at the time.
“As we watch the videos, we are seeing the results of our fight.
Our children and grandchildren are suffering and we must hold the police accountable for what they did.”
Slagers defense team is seeking the dismissal of all of the charges, as well as damages, but prosecutors have asked for a reduced sentence.
In addition, Slangers attorneys have also requested the release of Slanger’s 911 call log that would provide a more accurate account of what occurred, according The Dallas Observer .
“In the last three years, Samantha has not been involved in a traffic incident.
She has not had a violent arrest or been involved with any serious criminal charges,” Slagers attorneys wrote in a letter to the district attorney, the Daily Beast reported.
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