Greenville, Texas – On Wednesday Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks finally addressed the viral video of one of his deputies punching a 38-week pregnant woman, Deanna Robinson-Katsuki, numerous times.
Anyone that was hoping for transparency and accountability had that thought quickly jettisoned after listening to Meeks’ statements during the press conference.
In an awkward, but unsurprising display of toeing the “thin blue line,” Meeks attempted to justify the actions of his officer. In his statement, Meeks forwards a bizarre narrative that the pregnant mother, seen being punched numerous times on video, was actually reaching for the officer’s gun.
A partial transcript of Meek's press conference is as follows:
We have all seen the 31 second video and the narratives reads: “Hunt County Officers Beat Pregnant Woman” and we can draw a conclusion by looking at that video and we can say, yes, it appears that the deputy is beating a woman.
Another narrative could read: “Pregnant woman attempts to take Deputy’s gun”. Now, you can draw a conclusion by looking at the 31 second clip that could be a possibility? I believe that we can say that is a possibility. Now, will most folks look at that possibility? Probably not.
So, which narrative is correct? I don’t know…I wasn’t there…That is for the Texas Rangers to determine. But, let me say this. This is a lot more evidence out there than that 31 second clip. I believe, before judgement is rendered, the whole truth needs to be examined and a decision made as to what is the facts of this case.
So, what are my actions going to be? Nothing at this point of the investigation. Once the investigation is over and evidence shows that my deputy violated policy and/or committed a crime, then he will be prosecuted to the fullest if a criminal act occurred.
If the evidence shows that my deputy did nothing wrong, then I will back him 100%
As we reported earlier this week, Hunt County Sheriff’s Department went to Robinson-Katsuki’s residence to assist CPS in taking custody of a child after a familial dispute.
Deputies claim that they presented a warrant immediately upon their arrival and allowed her to read it, at which point Robinson-Katsuki began to yell that they weren’t taking her child and attempted to close the door.
Robinson-Katsuki, a decorated Air Force Veteran, who once received the Airman’s Medal for helping drag soldiers from a burning plane in Iraq, has a drastically different accounting of the events that transpired.
She claims that she informed them that nobody was taking her child without a court order or warrant. As she attempted to close the door, the officers plowed through, pushing her up against the counter hard enough to leave serious bruising on her third trimester belly, and then punching her numerous times.
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After being assaulted, Robinson was jailed and charged with resisting arrest, assault on a public servant and interference in child custody. She maintains that she only was struggling to protect her unborn baby, as she was pressed up against the counter with such force.
During the press conference, Meeks claimed that Robinson-Katsuki became violent and struck one of the deputies in the face, a claim that Robinson vehemently denies.
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“That notion is ludicrous,” Robinson-Kutsuki said. “There is nothing that I did, and there is nothing in my mind that exists that warrants that kind of treatment on an extremely pregnant woman.”
Meeks was questioned by reporters about his earlier claims accusing Robinson-Katsuki of trying to grab the deputy’s gun. He maintains that after watching the video and discussing the event with his officer, the pregnant woman posed a threat to the officer, and he reacted accordingly.
"From what I understand, she had got some of his ammo belt off and was reaching for his gun when he delivered the blows to keep her from reaching his service revolver,” Meeks said.
"I don't know how many blows that the deputy made. I believe by looking at it that he was trying to keep her hands away from his gun. If someone gets your own gun, you can be killed by a pregnant woman as well as you could a 16-year-old child."
The events surrounding the murder of Walter Scott, which illuminated the stark contrast between what an officer claims happened versus what an actual video of the same incident really shows, should give serious pause whenever we hear about an incident of police violence.
Meeks announced that the officer will face absolutely no disciplinary measures at this point and that the Texas Rangers are handling the investigation.
According to NBC 5, Robinson-Katsuki’s attorney told them that they don’t perceive an investigation by the Texas Rangers to be independent. They are also calling for the officer to be removed from duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
“There is absolutely no excuse and no justification for what happened to me,” Robinson-Katsuki said.
The absolute disconnect with reality in Meeks' statements gives you a very clear glimpse into the jaded mind of law enforcement and of the gang like mentality of its members. Even in the face of video evidence Meeks continues to fabricate a narrative that holds the victim responsible for the illicit actions of law enforcement.
If you are sick and tired of cops lying and using the same old excuses to violently assault and kill innocent citizens, please share this article and help empower others. Knowledge is truly our greatest weapon in the fight against tyranny.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay's work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.