May 17, 2019
Former Metro Police Officer Jairus Warren was convicted by a jury of assault for beating a homeless man while on duty, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
After the jury’s verdict, Warren, 24, was sentenced by a judge to 30 days in jail and two years or probation.
He’ll have a curfew and be required to wear and ankle monitor. He will also have to refrain from drugs or alcohol and complete a batterers intervention program.
The incident unfolded on a Metro platform in 2016 when the officer encountered the victim, who’d been sleeping on the platform and refused to leave the area.
Warren hit him 15 times with a baton.
“Police officers are afforded a great deal of responsibility and trust by the community and when they violate that trust they should be held accountable and that is what the jury has done,” said Assistant District Attorney Jules Johnson, of the Civil Rights Division.