Shock and awe-rrest
by Gary Kent
Aug 21, 2014 | 1256 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – A 52-year-old city employee was overpowered by a police officer using a taser Friday morning after the man refused to leave the office of City Manager Jack Hamlett.

Police Chief Joe Treviño said the incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. when a city employee walked into the city manager’s office complaining about something.

Hamlett reportedly asked the man to leave or he would call the police. But the man refused.

So Hamlett called, and Patrolman Chris Haller showed up to defuse the situation.

However, Treviño said, the employee still refused, and at that point he because physical with the officer.

The chief said Haller used his Taser but did not fire the projectile into the employee. He simply pressed his Taser up against the employee’s body and set off a 50,000-volt charge, disabling the unruly man.

According to an entry on the BPD’s arrest log, 52-year-old José Bernal was taken into custody on a charge of criminal trespass.

The offense is a Class B misdemeanor. If found guilty, the defendant could be fined $2,000 and sentenced to 180 days in jail.

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