Police Attack Family Party, Taser Grandma, Use Pepper Spray Around Kids
After receiving a noise complaint, Texas police raided a Baytown house and perpetrated several shocking horrors against the family celebrating a birthday party inside — including the repeated use of a taser on a 54-year-old grandmother and the use of pepper spray with young children nearby.
The partygoers — a Mexican family and friends — were apparently playing music too loudly. When the police showed up, they decided to enter the premises through a back gate and storm the house. Horror ensued.
Video footage of the raid shows officers with the Baytown Police Department tackling multiple people, punching and kicking them, and repeatedly using tasers. Video can be found at the KPRC-TV, Local Two News website.
The family claimed that a 54-year-old grandmother was shot with a taser five times as she sat in a chair doing absolutely nothing wrong. The woman does not speak English, and did not understand what police wanted from her.
Also disturbing: 10 small children were inside the house at the time of the raid, and some complained of pepper spray in their eyes.
The officers also hurled racial epithets at the denizens of the house, repeatedly labeling them “wetbacks,” according to one of the party guests.
Police eventually arrested seven people for interfering with a public servant.
On Sunday, dozens of concerned minority citizens marched on police headquarters to demand better treatment.
“The Baytown Police Department has a notorious record of violating the civil rights of Mexicans and Blacks,” said Quannel X, a local activist, in a statement to Click2Houston. “What are the citizens to do when they are being beaten and pepper-sprayed and Tazered, and they have done nothing criminal at all.”
The department told The Daily Caller in a statement that the people inside the house escalated the conflict by refusing police demands. The statement claimed that 23-year-old Christian Zepeda assaulted one of the officers, necessitating the tactics seen on the video.
Questions about what happened to the grandmother and the children have not been answered.