Paris, Arkansas Officer Arrested
A former Paris police officer was arrested on Wednesday for second degree battery. On September 14, 2019, Officer Christopher Brownlow’s partner had been doing paperwork on the two individuals they had arrested when he was informed that the male inmate was yelling and kicking the door. The partner went to the cell and opened the door, noting that the inmate was lying down, but before he could do anything, Brownlow entered the cell and lunged at the inmate, using his momentum to slam his knee into the inmate’s face.
Domestic Disturbance Call
The incident started off as a domestic disturbance call. Both individuals were arrested and taken to the Logan County Detention Center and placed in separate cells. It was at this location that Officer Brownlow attacked the inmate. The man’s name has not been released but he received seven fractures to the bones in his face and required a titanium plate to be implanted to stabilize the bone structure. Not only is there video of the incident but his partner has given a statement attesting to Brownlow’s actions.
Officer Christopher Brownlow had been with the Paris Police Department for less than a year. He was fired in January prior to the warrant for his arrest being issued.
Assault vs. Battery
For us here in Texas, this crime would be Aggravated Assault-Serious Bodily Injury. There is a slight difference between the two words, assault vs battery. Assault is when someone threatens bodily injury. Battery is when there is contact, but because the criteria is so closely related, many states just use one term to describe the crime. In Texas, the term used is assault.
No matter what you call it, it’s just another example, among thousands of cases, of police brutality. I don’t know if police violence is on the rise or if the availability of cameras everywhere, including jails now, has brought to light the ridiculous amount of police brutality that is pervasive throughout the system. A lot of police agencies are trying to address the problem but they’re not doing enough. And a lot of agencies are doing nothing because they don’t want to admit it even is an issue. I fear for the safety of the people in those communities.
You can read the 5NewsOnline.com article here or watch their video below.