4

Two White Jasper Cops Fired After Video Shows Them Roughing Up a Black Woman -- Inside the #@!@$$ Police Station!

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Two white Jasper police officers have been fired after security camera footage -- from inside police headquarters -- showed them slamming a black woman's head against a countertop during an argument last month.

The lawyer for Keyarika Diggles told Yahoo News that the 25-year-old Diggles was brought to the jail for an unpaid $100 fine. The video, which has no sound, shows Diggles speaking on the phone, ostensibly to ask her mother to bring the money, when Officer Ricky Grissom cut off the call.

Jasper City Councilman Alton Scott "obtained the video of the Diggles incident and turned it over to a local TV station after he heard that her written complaint against the officers was apparently being ignored," according to the Yahoo story.

In the video, Diggles looks upset after Grissom cuts off the call, and the two exchange what we can only guess are less than polite talking points. That's when Cunningham comes in, and the two dudes wind up slamming her head against a counter in the process of wrestling her to the ground. One of the cops then tries to pull off Diggles's shoe, but succumbs to the overwhelming inertia and goes flying backwards, like in a cartoon. It's awesome.

The Jasper City Council terminated the officers Monday and then "requested that the pair be investigated for possible criminal charges," according to the Yahoo story. (If only they could be charged for felony stupidity for pulling this crap in front of a security camera.)

We left messages for Diggles's attorney, Cade Bernsen, and for a representative of the Jasper Police Department.

Video on the next page.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.