Houston family seeks justice in case of alleged police brutality
An attorney for a Houston family who claims Harris County deputy
constables used excessive force while arresting them vowed Saturday
night to seek justice in their case.
"The reason we are having
this press conference is to raise awareness," said civil rights attorney
Randall Kallinen, who filed a federal law suit on behalf of the Scherz
On Sept. 10, 2011, David
Braxton Scherz Jr., 26, was stopped outside his home by Harris County
Deputy Precinct 4 Constables who alleged that he ran a stop sign. Patrol
car footage showed Schderz being kicked by one deputy as another held
Scherz's father, mother,
sister and aunt were also arrested after they came outside the house.
The felony and misdemeanor charges against the five family members were
dismissed last year after prosecutors determined there was not
Kallinen showed about 50
people at the press conference photographs of Scherz's bruises and
broken ribs, as well as injuries the relatives allegedly suffered at the
hands of the deputy constables. He said he who will escalate the case
to the U.S. Attorney General's Office, if needed.
"None of them have ever been convicted of a crime in their lives," he said.
Scherz has brought a federal
civil rights suit against Harris County and the three deputy constables
who arrested him. The family has also filed complaints against the
deputies with the Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman.
"You wouldn't think this
would happen to people like us," said Scherz's mother, Yvonne, a
57-year-old petroleum engineer. "But it did."