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Officers won’t be charged related to assault complaint
by Joe Baker
Nov 16, 2013 | 94 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Sgt. Mike Cantu and Tito Vidaurri stand near Scott and Shanna Hall during the July 22 meeting of Commissioners Court.
Joe Baker photo From left, Sgt. Mike Cantu and Tito Vidaurri stand near Scott and Shanna Hall during the July 22 meeting of Commissioners Court.
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KARNES CITY – County Attorney Herb Hancock has decided not to file any criminal charges against two county officers connected with an assault complaint filed with his office.

The assault complaint was brought forward related to an alleged incident that happened during a July 22 meeting of Karnes County Commissioners Court.

A video recording of the meeting shows Karnes County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mike Cantu and Peace Officer Tito Vidaurri approach Hall during the meeting.

The Karnes Countywide sent an open records request for a copy of the complaint on Aug. 19.

More than two months later, Hancock’s office released a copy of the complaint on Nov. 1.

The Karnes Countywide reached out to Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva for comment, but Villanueva said any comment regarding the complaint would be more appropriately be made through the county attorney’s office.

The incident caused a disruption to the July 22 meeting when two officers approached Hall in what appeared to be an effort to get the man to sign the sign-in sheet.

The complaint, written by attorney Steven Paulsgrove, on behalf of his client, Scott Hall, claimed that Hall was a victim of assault, harassment, ridicule and embarrassment as a result of actions taken by an officer during the July 22 meeting.

Hall was approached by an officer who was not identified in the complaint, and told he could not attend the meeting unless he first signed in, according to the complaint.

The officer then became confrontational and placed his hand on Hall, threatening to escort him outside the building, the complaint continued.

Hancock said some changes had been made in regard to the sign-in sheet, which he said would no longer be required.

Neither of the officers’ employment status changed as a result of the allegations, according to Hancock. Both remained on active duty pending the outcome of his investigation.

Hall’s wife, Shanna Hall, described the incident as “harassment” during public comments she made at the July 31 Commissioners Court meeting.

“I hope that no citizen goes through being harassed and threatened as happened with my husband at the last public meeting,” Hall said.

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