The Northern Sheriff’s Office has announced that a Texas lawmaker who is seen in a video punching a teenager in front of a convenience store has been fired for violating several administration policies.
The former deputy was Bert Dillow was initially put on administrative duty after he was accused of punching and cursing a teenager during the March 26 incident. The video of the dispute was posted last week on the Immigrant Civil Rights Facebook page FIEL Houston.
In the footage, Dilow asks the teenager, who was recognized by KTRK as a sophomore Carlos Rodriguez, for identification. After handing it over to Rodriguez, Dilow petitioned for him to come closer.
Rodriguez walks towards Dilow, then finds himself one step away from him.
“Don’t run away from me, boy, I’ll hit your f —— a– right here,” Dilow says as he grabs Rodriguez ‘s shirt. “Turn around and put your hands on your backs before I hit those who come out of you.”
“Do not be stupid,” shouted Dilow.
When Rodriguez appears to be removing his hand, Dillow punches him in the face, causing the teenager to fall to the ground. Dilow seems to have punched Rodriguez several times before handcuffing him.
“All I was going to do was talk to you, but now you are,” says Dilow.
The sheriff’s office launched an investigation into the incident on March 29, according to a press release. Dillow was fired on Wednesday after it was determined he had violated several department policies, including the use of force. He has been in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office since September 2018, the agency said in a press release.
The news of Dilow’s shooting came the same day the sheriff’s office announced that another deputy, Eric D. Sanchez was fired for violating the administration’s policy.
Sanchez was shot in February when he was filmed threatening to kill the driver and remove his weapon, KTRK reported.
The driver, George Cock Dickerson, told the point of sale that he had joined the highway and fallen at a funeral procession. Dickerson said he was moved to another area with two officers on a motorcycle.
“I really wanted to get in front of that car, so I did,” Dickerson told KTRK. “The policeman in front slowed down so I could not turn around.”
Dickerson said the officer behind him got in the car, told him to stop, and then got back in Dickerson’s car. Before standing up, Dickerson said the officer in front killed the brakes. So Dickerson hit his brakes like an officer behind him.
Dickerson’s employee, who was also in the car, started filming when Sanchez approached their car. It is heard in the footage that Sanchez says. “I will kill you.” The video also shows the deputy being shot with a gun.
Like Dillo, Sanchez was initially subject to administrative responsibilities. On April 8, he was fired for violating several policies, including the use of weapons and the use of traffic. He has been in office since August 2016.
Both cases are being referred to the Harris District Attorney’s Office for criminal charges.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office FOP Lodge 39 did not immediately return the comment on Saturday.