Skip to comments.Hays County Texas deputies accused of excessive force against 80yr-old man and his son
Posted on 07/05/2010 9:43:09 AM PDT by TheMom
It was about 6:00pm on June 22, 2010 when Robert Threadgill, 80-year-old former member of the 1970's singing group The Threadgills, had realized that he forgot his fishing pole at a nearby community-property creek called Woodcreek behind his condo where he fished often and had walked over to retrieve it. While there, still on a community property section of lawn, Mr. Threadgill apparently got into a minor verbal dispute with an employee of a Cypress Creek Falls Lodge, who was on another side of a fence next to their property, about debris those employees would throw into the creek.
The Cypress Creek employee apparently called the Hays County Sheriffs Department after the dispute and apparently reported that Threadgill was trespassing even though he never crossed the tall fence that separates the properties. Four Hays County deputies arrived in response to the call and, Threadgill claims, when he saw the deputies talking with the employee he walked over and asked them to come over to his side of the fence so he could explain what the dispute was about.
However, when the deputies crossed over they immediately told him that he was trespassing, even though he was still on the opposite side of the fence. At this point Mr. Threadgills son, Stephen, began to walk over to see what was going on when his father told him everything was fine and to just go back to the house. At that point, things took a strange turn for the worst when two deputies allegedly tackled Mr. Threadgill to the ground, grinding their knees into his back and his head while another deputy approached Stephen, as he was walking back towards the house, and apparently hit him from behind with a baton and knocked him unconscious.
A neighbor, who witnessed the incident, confirmed that he saw two deputies throw the 80-year-old Threadgill to the ground then jump on his head and back while wrenching his arms behind him until Threadgill screamed out in pain. He then looked over to see Stephen unconscious on the ground with two other deputies handcuffing him.
The neighbor then claims that he watched as the deputies dragged both Stephen and Robert then threw both of them between rungs in the fence so that they both landed face-first on to the pavement on the opposite side while their hands were still cuffed behind them. He says that they then dragged Stephen about 70 yards, while still unconscious, across an asphalt parking lot until his knees were skinned to the bone. The elder Threadgill claims that deputies told him he was resisting since he couldnt get his feet underneath him fast enough as they dragged him along the ground as well.
While deputies tossed Threadgill and his son into patrol cars Roberts wife was trying to tell her husband that she was calling their other son when she too was threatened with arrest. However, before deputies could leave, two Fire Dept EMTs, who werent called but were nearby and decided to stop, examined the two and informed the deputies that they had to be taken to the hospital before taken into custody due to their injuries, especially since the younger Threadgill was still unresponsive.
While no charges were placed against Stephen, who suffered a concussion, broken ankle, as well as back and rib injuries, a warrant has been filed for Robert Threadgill on a stand-alone resisting arrest charge while he has been recovering from a shoulder injury, that will require surgery to repair, in addition to injuries to his face and leg but, so far, neither have been cited for trespassing.
The neighbor who witnessed the incident says he is horrified that this could happen in a quiet little town and that there was no violence or threats until police arrived and, even then, the only violence done was by the four deputies. Threadgills daughter says shes worried since her dad now has to pay $1,000 bond on the resisting charge and lives on a fixed income.
The Hays County Sheriffs Office has not responded to requests for more information about the incident from Roberts daughter. She has posted the story on her Facebook page devoted to Domestic Violence issues and we agreed to re-post the story to make it public after she told us about it.
Abusing part of the TC Shoot ping list.
The “cops can do no wrong” contingent will be along any minute now.
Use of a baton on the head, spine, or genital area is considered deadly force by the federal government. These folks should get a lawyer.
I’m glad Kenneth Threadgill isn’t around to see this travesty ...
This is San Marcos, the old dude was probbably mouthing off at a “no habla inglish” gardner and the “no habla inglish” Deputies were there to protect the poor abused illegal.
“Threadgills” is/was the name of a great restaurant in Austin. Anybody know if this guy was affiliated?
these fine deputies are just fine tuning their training for when "the WON" declares Martial Law and they start rounding up all us Tea Party Terrorists for the internment camps.
These 'officers of the law' have been thoroughly
brain washed) ah, schooled in tactics to take down 'enemies of the Obama State' -
Be very afraid.
The old gentleman may have a $1,000 dollar fine hanging over his head - but he should end up owning that police dept.
The thug cop division gets up set when you do not kneel properly. It's a wonder they didn't taze him four are five times.
I lived in Hays County for six years and had multiple encounters with the Sheriff’s department there and the deputies were never anything less than courteous and professional. I hope these charges prove to be baseless.
These punk arrogant bully deputies should be stripped of their badges, guns, and all things sharp & pointy - then be given a 5 minute head start. Clearly they all need to experience real fear.
Cops with a punk concentration camp guard psyche need to be on the receiving end of their cruelty. They endanger every other good cop out there with this behavior.
Let’s hope the powers that be have the sense to throw these animals to the wolves.
Yeah, right, the witnesses who saw all this were probably lying, right?/SAR
From the account I think the truth about these thugs with badges has been told.
I am sure the witnesses are lying and the two men intentionally injured themselves.
I hope these charges prove to be baseless.
It an unrelated story witnesses reported pigs flying in the same area.
“Cops with a punk concentration camp guard psyche need to be on the receiving end of their cruelty.”
Upon conviction of any of the felonies they committed, simply put them in with the rest of the general prison population.
Problem solved in short order.
However, I am convinced that such criminals in uniform should be either executed or permanently exiled. Russia can use their ‘talents’, as can many African ‘societies’.
“From the account...” that’s really all we have at this point, isn’t it?
Not saying this is not true, I’m saying it seems out of character with my very brief experiences with the department.
If true, I hope the deputies face the consequences, but I still hope it isn’t true.
I sent a message to three of Mr. Threadgill’s children asking if they are related to Kenneth ~ I’ll let you know as soon as I hear from one of them.
Albie - Kenneth Threadgill sold his place in the mid 70’s (I think), since the place was so popular the new owner kept the name.
Home of Ralph the swimming pig?
I hope these charges prove to be baseless.
I posted this thread because I knew the Threadgill family when I was a child, and am still friends with two of his children. This is not something they made up.
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