A video installed in compliance with Texas’ new racial
profiling law captured the beating death of legal immigrant Luis Torres
by Baytown PD in late January. The department released the video to the
public after open records requests by the Baytown Sun and other Houston
In a surreal twist, as the officers took Luis Torres down
and began what would become a deadly struggle, the Jimi Hendrix tune “Are
You Experienced” played ominously in the background, even as officers
Micah Aldred, Bert Dillow and Sgt.
Rodney Evans subjected Mr. Torres to the final experience of his
Mr. Torres was extremely ill and disoriented, but the video
shows him calmly speaking and cooperating with officers; he clearly does
nothing to provoke them before an officer leg-whipped his feet out from
under him, knocking him to the ground. Torres did struggle as officers subdued
him. One officer could be heard to say, “Put your knee on his neck.”
After he was handcuffed, the officers continued to pummel Mr. Torres into
As soon as the officers realized Torres was “turning
colors,” they attempted to resuscitate him, but not before exclaiming
aloud their fear that they were not current on their union dues, which would
entitle them to free, aggressive legal representation.
Even before the investigation had begun, Baytown interim Police
Chief Byron Jones said he believed the officers followed proper procedure.
And Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has announced he will
not ask the grand jury to indict the officers.
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