Activists call for Enclosure 1 deputy caught on camera endangering cyclists to be fired
HOUSTON – Community activists are calling for a Harris County Precinct One deputy constable to be fired after he was filmed slamming his brakes as a group of cyclists rode down the street.
Houston residents expressed outrage after the video emerged, and the man who recorded the incident spoke out on Tuesday morning.
BACKGROUND: Precinct MP caught on camera slamming brakes as cyclists speed down the street
“We never received a legal order, we just received, basically this officer losing control,” he said.
Hundreds of cyclists take to the streets for nighttime rides several times a week, including families with children. They were driving downtown Thursday night when the encounter took place.
The video shows the deputy swerving in and out of the lanes apparently chasing one of the riders, and at one point even jumping out of his cruiser.
“The transportation code says we’re supposed to be able to have the right lane, and part of this video shows this officer swerving into the right lane,” the eyewitness said.
Another clip shows the deputy constable slamming his brakes a second time, causing a cyclist to ram into the back of his patrol car.
“What he did could have caused a serious accident and someone could have been seriously injured,” said community activist Quanell X.
On Tuesday morning, Quanell X and Dr. Candace Matthews of the Rainbow Push Coalition held a press conference calling for the deputy constable to be fired.
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“Remove him from the force, for the example of what he has shown as an officer is unworthy of him who wears the badge. He is not fit to wear the badge,” Quanell said X.
Over the weekend, Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen released the following statement:
“Today I was made aware of an online video of an MP in Precinct 1 engaging several cyclists on the carriageway. The brief video clip, filmed at around 10.15pm, Thursday June 30, 2022, shows the deputy meeting with cyclists in the former Sunset Heights neighborhood of N. Main Street and Cavalcade Street.I was made aware of this incident by a complaining citizen expressing concern for the safety of cyclists, in addition to the behavior of the deputy.
After viewing the deputy’s dash cam video, which is currently under investigation, it appears that both parties, the deputy and the cyclists at the scene were not conducting themselves in a safe manner. . Cyclists were dangerously impacting other citizens, riding into oncoming lanes of traffic and taking control of an entire intersection halting traffic.
I hold my deputies to a higher standard of professionalism, therefore, I have ordered that the deputy’s conduct be thoroughly investigated by our Internal Affairs Division. Once the investigation is complete, if the Deputy Minister’s conduct was inconsistent with departmental policies, I will take appropriate action. I support the safety of cyclists, and they have the right to be on the road, but I also enforce public safety laws. Everyone must respect the rules of the road for their own safety and that of others.