Occupy Dallas protester pushed off ledge

A Occupy Dallas protester was pushed from a 4 foot planter, which led to a disturbance ending in 8 arrests. This video clearly shows a Dallas police officer inciting violence.

But according to the News it was the protester that assaulted the police officer.

After being directed to get down, one of of the protesters became aggressive and assaulted a police officer.

That person was arrested and will be charged with assault on a public servant and resisting arrest.

From from Carlos Miller

Officer Jimmy Hollis claimed that activist Stephen Benavides had assaulted him, starting a mini-riot in which eight people were arrested, including some who were pepper sprayed.

Benavides spent four nights in jail on a felony charge of assaulting a public servant and resisting arrest before he was posted a bond of more than $50,000 on Wednesday.

Even though witnesses accused officers of using excessive force in the arrests, Chief David Brown stood by his officers, insisting that they had acted professionally.


  • andrew cook


    Read the full post from Carlos Miller’s website.

    But then he saw the video and changed his mind, authorizing the following comment on Facebook.

    Last night, the Dallas Police Department discovered a new video of the Occupy Dallas demonstration that occurred on November 5, 2011. The video shows a Dallas Police Officer, who was working off-duty for Bank of America, push a demonstrator off a planter in front of the building.

    Chief David Brown has ordered the officer placed on restricted duty and initiated a formal investigation into the officer’s actions. The restricted duty assignment will also prohibit the officer from working off-duty employment until the departmental investigation is complete.

    In light of this development, the Police Department has requested that the Dallas County District Attorney and the Dallas City Attorney proceed no further with the criminal cases alleged to have occurred until further consultation takes place. These meetings are anticipated to occur next week.

    The Dallas Police Department is dedicated to the protection of all members of the public. Any allegation of police misconduct is taken seriously and will be vigorously investigated. The Police Department encourages any witnesses who would like to make a statement or who have additional video to contact the Internal Affairs Division at (214) 671-3986.

  • andrew cook

    This post is another example of how copblock loses credibility. The post ends with the statement that:

    “Chief David Brown stood by his officers, insisting that they had acted professionally.”

    Yet all Wes had to do was post the entire article from Miller’s site to get the entire story. Once the chief became aware of the video, he initiated an investigation and placed the officer on restricted duty. He also halted all criminal action against those arrested.

    This type of post is no different from the shit you see on Fox News. Nice job of only posting half the truth Wes.

  • LadyM

    @Andrew Cook: Nice of job of yet another reason to believe that all cops are liars, you mean?

    Nice job of how everyone (including the media) believes the lies cops tell, and never question it. Has the local news done a follow up story on the TRUTH yet?

  • rita

    Seems to that the cop in the video DID, in fact, act “proffessionally.” Perpetrating violence and then blamiung the victims is what they DO.

  • andrew cook

    I dont justify the cops actions. But the police chief did the right thing.

  • Tanya

    Andrew, I don’t think it’s misleading. It tells the story up until the point of a video being released. I would submit that this is the intention of the post – to show the commonplace attitude of the top dogs to back the enforcers no matter the witnesses/public opinion. Only the video made him change his tune.


  • andrew cook

    Lady M and Tanya

    In response to Lady M’s assertion that the media did not follow up, I point you to the


    There is no media conspiracy here. Take your prozac.

    If there was no attempt to mislead, then why did Wes end his post with “Even the Chief stood behind his corrupt cop lying about what happened.”?

    That statement was simply Wes. It did not come from Carlos Miller’s website. P

  • http://CopBlock.org Rob

    Andrew the last statement in the post was mine not Wes. Since you are blaming him I will post the comment here taking full credit for it and remove it from the post where you are blaming him.

    “This incident is the perfect example of why you should always film the police. This innocent person was looking at some serious jail time and without the video it would have been his word against the officers. Even the Chief stood behind his corrupt cop lying about what happened.”

    My reasoning for that comment is when a cop arrests someone and makes up false charges I consider that corruption. Every arrest this officer ever made should be fully investigated by the FED’s to see how many other times this corrupt cop pulled something like this.

  • http://CopBlock.org Rob

    Also Andrew,

    Where it says “From Carlos Miller” you may notice that the lettering of “Carlos Miller” is blue making it a hyperlink to his full article. I just used a small portion. Why post his full article and use his work? Why are you trolling anyway?

  • Bob

    “*Even* the Chief stood behind his corrupt cop lying about what happened.” ???

    Any police chief will always defend his fellow criminals (cops) until and unless he discovers later overwhelming exonerating evidence and explicitly expressed assurance from the prosecutor that the offending cop/thug will be charged with a crime (very rare).

  • Bob

    Looks like someone else has my username on here. The video did look like the police did push the guy off. However, after finding this out the police chief did the right thing. Why do you have to make something else out of it? Even when the police do the right thing and try to correct a wrong they did you try and disregard it as if they didnt. At least they admitted there was a wrong committed – unlike some of the things posted by other people on here. Wait and see what happens before throwing more accusations out. Why do some people have to be so negative? I would hate to live in a world and be mad all the time. I guess it makes you feel good to always condemn someone else. I have always heard that people that do that dont like themselves and that makes them feel better.

  • Pete

    “Why do some people have to be so negative?”

    Negative like a cop assaulting a citizen?
    Yeah, that sucks.

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  • Bob

    Obviously you don’t understand what I was trying to say. The chief of police admitted that there was a wrong done by a police officer and did the right thing – yet some people want to keep complaining about it. Thats being negative. You can always find something to complain about if you look for it. What else was he supposed to do? Do you have kids? If they admit they did something wrong, do you still keep nagging them about it? If you don’t have any kids , you are your parents kid. Did they keep nagging at you if you admitted you did something wrong? If they did – shame on them. That would explain why you keep on complaining about something that is being taken care of. I am not trying to be nasty – just saying that there is no reason to keep nagging about something that is being taken care of. If you are perfect then I guess you have a right to do so. I’m not perfect and don’t know anyone who is.

  • Rita

    @ Bob — The police locked a man up on the basis of a claim made by a fellow cop. Without ANY corroborating evidence, this citizen was robbed of his freedom in direct violation of the US Constitution. (You’ve heard of the presumption of innocence, right? Burden of proof?) The police chief now has evidence — the video — that this cop pushed the man then fabricated assault charges. When the law-breaker is arrested and charged and stripped of his badge and his gun, then and ONLY then will I concede that the chief “did the right thing.”

  • Bob

    The “right thing” the chief did was once he saw the video he initiated an investigation and placed the officer on restricted duty. He HALTED “all” criminal action against those arrested. Don’t know what else he could have done. He started what you are hoping for. I agree that the officer looks guilty but that has not been to any kind of hearing yet and the chief can do no more. You always say that a badge does not give police added rights. It also does not take away their rights compared to other peoples rights, which is what is seems you want. I just finished watching the raw version of Pete’s trial for the chalking. If you want the officer treated without any hearing then Pete should not have been able to have a trial. Just because he DOESN’T have a badge doesn’t give him extra rights over a police officer.

  • Rita

    @ Bob — “. . nor shall any person be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” Nowhere does the Constitution have a “public servant” exclusion. But hey, I’m sure that if I accused a cop of hitting me, that cop would be immediately arrested and kept in jail until evidence surfaced that I had lied, right? And once the evidence of my lie surfaced, the good cop would be quietly released and I would get a vacation, right?

    I, for one, believe that police officers SHOULD be held to a higher standard of behavior than the rest of us, at least while they’re on duty. But no one here is suggesting that cops should have fewer legal rights than the rest of us. YOU’RE the one defending a double standard, not CopBlock.

  • Bob

    I am not suggesting anything. All I am saying is that when the chief of police found out that the cop lied he did what he should have done, which is all he could do for now. What else do you think he could have done? Quit putting words in my mouth. Do you even read the posts before you make your comments? Your comments normally have nothing to do with what the other person posted. I am on your side about the cop being punished. You must just want to argue with someone and I am not going to give you that privilege cause we are not disagreeing. Have a nice day – or does that make you mad too?

  • http://www.dallasforchange.org Stephen Benavides

    Heres an update on where I am at in this whole process. The felony charges stuck, and I am now indicted on “Assault on a Public Servant”, which stems from the incident that day at Bank of America. There may be a plea bargain, but as if yet, it doesnt look like DPD is backing down on this one.

    It is actually part of a historic and consistent pattern of behavior for police in Dallas. They are able to abuse, harass, assault, and even kill innocent individuals, and get away with no charges at all. To be realistic, this happens in every city in the United States, and has since record has been kept.

    There is a modification that can be made to the City Charter in Dallas, that would allow for more accountability for police in these situations. A group of dedicated individuals have formed a new org. called Dallas Communities Organizing for Change. The first issue they are working on is passing the Office of the Police Monitor.

    The OPM will replace the defunct Citizens Police Review Board, and give it the ability to effect the actions of the police. In the South, there is nothing else like it.

    The new law, as proposed is on the dallasforchange.org website. Please take a look.