Jairus Warren

A Texas metro officer resigned Monday after video was released showing him brutally beating a man who did not want to leave a station earlier this month, USA Today reports.

Internal investigations concluded that Officer Jairus Warren, with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, used excessive force in the Sept. 14 confrontation.


“This incident is not reflective of our police force, and I will not tolerate inappropriate use of force by officers,” Vera Bumpers, chief of the Metro Transit Authority Police, said in a statement.

The incident began when Warren and another officer, Daniel Reynoso, tried to get the victim, Darren Giles, to leave the light-rail station at around 7:30 a.m. According to the report, officers confronted Giles several times that same morning, but Giles was not being cooperative.

In the video, Warren is seen striking Giles several times with his baton. Giles falls to the ground from the blows, but Warren continues to strike him before Reynoso handcuffs him.

Once a supervisor noticed the video, an investigation was launched, concluding that Warren used excessive force. A review board sustained the conclusion.


The case has since been handed over to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to press criminal charges against Warren.

Reynoso, Warren's partner, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident and returned to the force.


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