Officer Jairus Warren, a Houston-area metro officer, resigned Monday after a surveillance camera showed him beating a man at a rail station earlier this month.
The incident took place on Sept. 14. Two internal investigations deemed he had used excessive force against Darren Giles, who was asleep on a bench at the station.
Warren, who joined the force in November, and Officer Daniel Reynoso, approached Giles at around 7:30 a.m. in early September, where Giles was slumped on a bench.
The video shows the officers confronting Giles several times. According to
, Laura Whitley, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, said Giles had not been cooperative.
The video was released Monday and shows Giles standing up before Warren strikes him several times with his baton.
After a moment, Giles falls to the ground as Warren continues to strike him before Reynoso approaches with handcuffs.
“This incident is not reflective of our police force and I will not tolerate inappropriate use of force by officers,” Vera Bumpers, chief of the Metro Transit Authority Police, said in a statement.
A supervisor noticed the video and launched an investigation into the incident, Whitley said.
Warren was found to have used excessive force and a review board sustained the decision, she said.
He resigned, although Reynoso was cleared of any wrongdoing and rejoined the metro police force.
The case was handed over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which will look into the investigation and decide if criminal charges will be brought against Warren.