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Cop Arrested After Pepper Spraying Teen in Cell

A Donna police sergeant who allegedly fired pepper spray on a 17-year-old jail inmate last week was arrested on brutality charges by Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies Monday evening.

The alleged attack on Donna High School student Jonathan Morales occurred at the city police department’s holding cell last week.

Donna city officials turned over surveillance video of the attack to Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño.

Sheriff’s investigators arrested the police sergeant on three class A misdemeanor counts — official oppression, assault and violating the civil rights of a person in custody. Officials refused to release the arrested sergeant’s identity pending an arraignment scheduled for this morning.

Donna school district police arrested the student last week for fighting on the high school campus, Treviño said. School district police turned the teen over to the city police department to be kept in its holding cell pending an arraignment.

The student apparently took a Styrofoam cup and covered the surveillance camera in the holding cell, the sheriff said.

That prompted the police sergeant to go in and remove the cup. Investigators believe the teen was “mouthing off” with the sergeant, but did not physically threaten him.

“He was being passive physically, but verbally was a nuisance,” the sheriff said.

Surveillance footage shows the sergeant spraying the teen in the face with pepper spray and leaving him “there to fend off for himself,” Treviño said.

Police regularly use pepper spray to combat rowdy suspects, but only when they are physical threats, the sheriff said. And after the suspect is subdued, it is the officer’s job to reduce the damage caused from the pepper spray on the face.

“The kid is jumping around, wiping his eyes trying to clean his eyes off, starts kicking on the door — it’s all obviously out of frustration because he can’t help.” the sheriff said. “The inmate doesn’t find any sort of relief for his pain, so he walks over to the toilet commode and reaches in and gets water and washes his face with it.”

Donna Police Chief Ruben “Ram” De Leon deferred comment to Treviño on the matter. Besides the criminal investigation, the sheriff’s public integrity unit is also working on an administrative investigation on the sergeant.

“In my opinion, that is probably one of the most egregious forms of police brutality I’ve ever witnessed,” Treviño said.

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Added: Jan-25-2011 Occurred On: Jan-17-2011
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  • Yep. That's abusive.

    If you let some punk get under your skin, you're in trouble.

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    • Thats the feeling I got.

      I`m not supporting the actions of the cop here and the cop did have and know there were clear guidlines for dealing with cases like this, but I get the feeling the cop just had enough, maybe a bad day that just got put over the edge with a mouthy kid and looks like the kid come off second best and went home crying to mommy who now wants answers (rightly so, I think?), whats gonna happen?, dunno to much about the legal system over there, but the cop has to come up with s More..

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    • If the cop cant handle a mouthy teen then he's got the wrong job to start with. I wonder what he has been doing to the loud mouthed drunks that have been coming into that jail? i got a feeling alot more is going to come out before they are done with this dirty cop/gaurd.

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  • The department guidelines are clear. This cop violated those guidelines and deserves to be fired. Besides, the kid was moving away all three times that the cop sprayed him, even the first time. That is probably why he is also being charged with a crime.

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  • Typical pig behavior.

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  • Absolutely no need for that. Deserves to be terminated for that act.

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  • act of a coward

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  • Dont think a lippy teenager (we've all been there) deserved having that sprayed in his eyes..

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  • The kid was certainly being an ass. However, I worked the jail system for a year as a deputy before going on patrol, and you can't allow them to push you to that point. This most likely happened during or near the booking process. That's when inmates act up the most or are still intoxicated for example. Most of the time, inmates are just average guys that got caught and you can joke with them some, punish them by turning off their TV early (if they are not keeping the cell clean or are gett More..

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    • Agreed.

      In any event, the kid played him. He covered the camera so the Sgt would have to come in the cell and then get baited into messing with the kid in front of the very camera he had just fixed.

      The cop needs a different line of work. The kid, meanwhile, is going to be a terrific con artist someday.

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    • Props to you first and foremost for agreeing that this was a criminal act but cop nepotism is one of the reasons they get away with so much more than we see. Your response hints that you are inclined to side with the cop because he is a cop ("brother officer" and the "I am biased" comment) but begrudgingly agree with the punishment. Sorry if I read too much into your response (which I did like btw)The "brotherhood" mentality where cops shield dashcams so there is no More..

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    • Well I respectfully disagree. The "Kid", be it 17 is hardly a child, was flailing his arms around and being abusive. Any time you are near or around a cop, you keep your hands to your side and out of your pockets. The kid was aggressive physically and verbally. Intoxicated, hormones, stupidity, all the same.

      I'm not for use of excessive force, but that'll teach the smart mouth brat to disrespect authority any time soon. I just hope the taxpayer isn't stuck paying for the parents f More..

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    • Much respect sir, best response ive seen for this video.

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  • pepper spray is extremely painful even if a drop touched your lip it will burn for a long time and gets increasingly painful, most people have no idea how bad that stuff burns. cop is a fucking pussy there was no need to spray him to begin with let alone to keep spraying him from multiple angles like a cunt.

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  • That last little lame-o pussy spray he did was the one that pissed me off. I don't really even know why.

    Pussy.

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  • Yesterday a video of 1 north korean cop/officer beating up a woman was met with "all north koreans are scum" "nuke them " blah blah blah. using that logic all US enforcment officers are also scum. kill them all. doesnt Quite work does it??? haha idiots

    poor kid.

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  • In America you get arrested and jailed for just about anything, even if you're underage...

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  • passive physically?

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  • Let's all feel so sad for the "WAR" on the police? Fuck the police!!!

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    • Police officers are being murdered and your response is to insult them?

      I don't agree with the actions of the cop ... but the guy got pepper sprayed ... boo hoo hoo hoo ...

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  • Legal sadism.

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  • ooohh... bigggg trouble! Glad im not that cop. What a jerk. I work on the phone, and can tell when I am talking to a police officer. They are rude, demanding, know it all, smug, arrogant. Just used to doing what ever they want and getting away with it. I am so glad this guy just got popped.

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  • When I was in high school getting in a fight usually meant a few days suspension at the most. This kid went to jail for it? That alone is wrong headed, and the officers action are inexcusable.

    I just wish I had the cunt's name so that I could say "officer so and so you will not be missed, and I pray that I see you in the obituary some day soon."

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  • i live next to that city, its all "ghetto" poor, but yeah im shocked to know they finally cought them, they always do this in the valley ( south texas )pice of craps police!!!!

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    • Cops can be crap anywhere. But I disagree with you that "all" valley cops are like that. There are some smart ones, albeit few. The real problem is that there are just too many stupid people in the valley and its no surprise that the police are infiltrated by said stupid people.

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    • hey slow down there i never said they were "all" like that but most are, because they took my stuff once and yes i agree there are stupid cops but not cuz "all" ppl are stupid down here,

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  • the ones who are supposed to work FOR us (from OUR tax dollars) and abuse this privilege should be sent far far away from our great nation. for fucking ever.

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  • Phucking cocksucker!

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  • pig !

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  • fire that pig

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