Cop indicted for lying about use of force


It was November 2016, and then-20-year-old Henry Newson had just been released from Harris Methodist Hospital near downtown Fort Worth. "This was a young African American kid with no criminal history, no criminal record," said his attorney, Matthew Bobo. "He'd been in the hospital for two days and he was waiting for his mom to come pick him up." Surveillance video obtain by the attorney shows Newson borrowing someone's phone to call his mother when hospital security approaches him. "I'm just trying to figure out what you're doing," a security guard said. "They're picking me up from here," Newson explained at one point. "I have nowhere to go." The conversation starts to escalate. Soon after, off-duty Fort Worth police officer Jon Romer walks up and takes over. On the video, you hear Newson call the officer, "bro." That's when Romer appears to punch Newson in the face and tackle him to the ground. "The officers knew why he was there, he complied with everything they asked him to do, and they still beat him up," Bobo said.

A grand jury recently indicted Romer for three charges, including aggravated perjury, in connection with the case. He's on restricted duty at the Fort Worth Police Department. "The whole task force on race and culture came about because of an incident similar to this, Jacqueline Craig, and this is just as horrendous," said Cory Session, who is part of that task force. He was referring to a December 2016 case in which a Fort Worth police officer, who is white, became physical with a woman and her two children, who are black, after they'd called 911. It was all caught on video and went viral. Session said people are so outraged by this latest video, and the fact they're just now finding out about it, that there's talk of protests. "You can't be hiding this type of information," Session said. Newson was charged back in 2016 with trespassing and resisting arrest, charges that were soon dropped. Fort Worth police, Texas Health Resources, and Officer Romer's attorney all declined comment Thursday.

For what it's worth, the cop isn't being charged for assaulting the guy, his charges are:

"Romer has been charged with official oppression, making a false report to a police officer and aggravated perjury. It is not clear what sparked the confrontation or why Newson was being arrested."

So if he would have just been honest about beating the shit out of the guy for no reason he would be fine.

AND this is the same cop who made headlines a few years ago for in the shooting death of a handicapped man during a traffic stop in southeast Fort Worth. He had his children in the backseat of the car at the time of that one...

That cop is a giant piece of shit and should be put in jail for a very long time. 

TFK_Dagz -

That cop is a giant piece of shit and should be put in jail for a very long time. 

I agree. 

HOWEVER, why not just be cool and respectful to law enforcement instead of trying to make an issue out of nothing? Seems like in most of these cases the victim could've acted like a normal human being and avoided a shitty outcome. 

billyball2 - For what it's worth, the cop isn't being charged for assaulting the guy, his charges are:

"Romer has been charged with official oppression, making a false report to a police officer and aggravated perjury. It is not clear what sparked the confrontation or why Newson was being arrested."

So if he would have just been honest about beating the shit out of the guy for no reason he would be fine.

AND this is the same cop who made headlines a few years ago for in the shooting death of a handicapped man during a traffic stop in southeast Fort Worth. He had his children in the backseat of the car at the time of that one...

No if he would have been honest about beating the kid he would have been fired and charged with that instead. 

billyball2 - For what it's worth, the cop isn't being charged for assaulting the guy, his charges are:

"Romer has been charged with official oppression, making a false report to a police officer and aggravated perjury. It is not clear what sparked the confrontation or why Newson was being arrested."

So if he would have just been honest about beating the shit out of the guy for no reason he would be fine.

AND this is the same cop who made headlines a few years ago for in the shooting death of a handicapped man during a traffic stop in southeast Fort Worth. He had his children in the backseat of the car at the time of that one...

The oppression charge I believe is related to the underlying conduct but otherwise yeah, I saw that and adjusted the title:

ยง 39.03. OFFICIAL OPPRESSION. (a) A public servant
acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if
he:
(1) intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or
to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment,
or lien that he knows is unlawful;
(2) intentionally denies or impedes another in the
exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity,
knowing his conduct is unlawful; or
(3) intentionally subjects another to sexual
harassment.
(b) For purposes of this section, a public servant acts
under color of his office or employment if he acts or purports to
act in an official capacity or takes advantage of such actual or
purported capacity.
(c) In this section, "sexual harassment" means unwelcome
sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature, submission to which is made a
term or condition of a person's exercise or enjoyment of any right,
privilege, power, or immunity, either explicitly or implicitly.
(d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

TFK_Kaneman82 - 
TFK_Dagz -

That cop is a giant piece of shit and should be put in jail for a very long time. 

I agree. 

HOWEVER, why not just be cool and respectful to law enforcement instead of trying to make an issue out of nothing? Seems like in most of these cases the victim could've acted like a normal human being and avoided a shitty outcome. 



As long as we are doing "HOWEVER, why?"'s................why didn't the cop just do his job and use justifiable force and not lie about what he did?  

TFK_Kaneman82 - 
TFK_Dagz -

That cop is a giant piece of shit and should be put in jail for a very long time. 

I agree. 

HOWEVER, why not just be cool and respectful to law enforcement instead of trying to make an issue out of nothing? Seems like in most of these cases the victim could've acted like a normal human being and avoided a shitty outcome. 



here is the thing, THE COP MADE THE KID A VICTIM. He never had to touch and he he felt he needed to he certainly did not need to strike him repeatedly over and over. How this cop is not charged with assault is a problem

Call a cop Bro and get punched in the face.

Souljacker - 
TFK_Kaneman82 - 
TFK_Dagz -

That cop is a giant piece of shit and should be put in jail for a very long time. 

I agree. 

HOWEVER, why not just be cool and respectful to law enforcement instead of trying to make an issue out of nothing? Seems like in most of these cases the victim could've acted like a normal human being and avoided a shitty outcome. 



here is the thing, THE COP MADE THE KID A VICTIM. He never had to touch and he he felt he needed to he certainly did not need to strike him repeatedly over and over. How this cop is not charged with assault is a problem



This.........to the xth degree this.

I read that as “cop lied about using the force”.   That would have been way more comical and less enraging.  

If you find any justification for the cop's behavior in this video...any...do us all a favor and punch yourself repeatedly in the face until you are no longer recognizable as a human. When you evenutally heal up, do it again. 

good fuck him

Fucking scumbag police. Deserves to be in jail, and get his ass turned the fuck out.

The hammer needs to be heavy for these scumbags.