A Caldwell police officer was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, according to a press release by the Burleson County District Attorney’s Office.
Sgt. Robert Riley Baucom, 35, was indicted on a charge of official oppression following witness testimony by seven people and video evidence from the events involving the April 19 arrest of Somerville resident Chester Jackson.
Caldwell Police Chief Charles Barnes said Thursday that Baucom has formally resigned his position as an officer. Baucom formerly had been placed on administrative leave by the department pending an internal investigation.
According to documents from the Washington County Attorney’s Office, Baucom served as a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office but was terminated in February 2014 for undisclosed reasons. Jackson’s attorney, U.A. Lewis, has requested Baucom’s personal file from Washington County, which is pending awaiting an opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s Office, documents show.
Jackson was moved to an Austin hospital days after his arrest in critical condition, according to previous reporting on the incident.
Video released earlier this month by Jackson’s attorney shows Jackson’s head hitting a brick wall and toilet in his cell at the Burleson County Detention Center while being handled by a law enforcement officer.
According to the Burleson County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Rangers found no evidence that Baucom’s actions caused Jackson’s medical condition.
Baucom turned himself into the Brazos County Jail this morning and posted a $1,000 cash bond. If convicted, he could face up to one year in the Burleson County Jail and a fine up to $4,000.