DAILYKENN.com -- A Harris County, Texas sheriff's deputy was indicted for assault after punching a 61-year-old man.
The incident occurred in 2018 and was reported in November, 2019.
Deputy Ellison Collins was video and audio recorded by another officer's body cam as he encouraged Jerry Allen Vaco to smack him. When Vaco complied with a seemingly gentle touch to the face, the officer smacked the victim hard enough to knock him to the pavement.
The alleged crime occurred outside an IHOP near Houston, Texas.
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A grand jury indicted a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy for knocking a man to the ground outside of an IHOP in 2018 after encouraging him to slap him.
Deputy Ellison Collins was indicted for assault, according to District Attorney Kim Ogg.
The incident happened outside of an IHOP on the Katy Freeway. Deputies were there responding to a disturbance when Collins, now 39, invited Jerry Allen Vaco, now 61, to slap him in the face.
"Get it off your chest. Slap the (expletive) out of me and get it off your chest," Collins is heard saying. "I'm giving you permission to slap the (expletive) out of me and get it off your chest and see what happens."
Collins did not have his body camera on at the time, according to the sheriff's office. ABC13 obtained video that was recorded on another deputy's body camera.
"Everyone is accountable under the law whether they are wearing a uniform or not," said Ogg. "Grand jurors were presented all of the evidence and determined the deputy should be charged with a crime."
The class A misdemeanor carries punishment of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
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