Internal Documents show a Harris County Jail Detention Officer used a choke hold on a jail inmate for 45 seconds on New Year's Day. That inmate was conscious to fill out a statement describing the choke hold before being taken to the hospital. At the hospital, the inmate - Clarence Freeman - was put on a ventilator and died 9 days later. He reportedly never regained consciousness.
Tonight on the TV side you can hear from Freeman's widow as she reads the documents for the first time.
You can read them for yourself here:
Clarence Freeman's Statement
Detention Officer Nathan Hartfield's Statement (used Choke Hold)
Detention Officer Travis Vaughn's Statement (Witness)
As you will read the statements were written on January 1st and 3rd. The autopsy reports were completed and sent to the Sheriff's Office weeks ago. We check every day and there is no sign that the Internal Affairs investigation is complete yet. It means that if the deputy did anything wrong - either in violation of rules or the law - it hasn't been figured out yet.
I initially thought that would be an anomaly. It isn't.
We have the records and are finishing up the data work right now. We'll show you tomorrow that 7 months isn't out of the ordinary and many investigations take longer.