Texas deputy fired, another
is suspended for excessive force
[Galveston, TX]

Copyright 2000 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company
Kevin Moran
December 23, 2000, Saturday 3 Star Edition
The Houston Chronicle
December 23, 2000, Saturday 3 Star Edition

(GALVESTON, Texas) -- One Galveston County sheriff's deputy has been fired and another suspended after they were caught on videotape using excessive force against a prisoner, officials said.

Deputy Rudy Leon Plaza, 30, was suspended immediately after a Dec. 14 incident in the Santa Fe city jail and fired Tuesday. Deputy David Bryan Cates, 34, was suspended Tuesday pending disciplinary action by the department, Chief Deputy Gean Leonard said Friday. The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the deputies' actions for possible criminal charges, said Maj. Ray Lease, the sheriff's department patrol commander.

Plaza, a seven-year veteran, and Cates, who has been with the department five years, were accused of using excessive force against Christopher Wayne Hayes, 33. Hayes was arrested late Dec. 14 and accused of striking his wife at their home near Santa Fe, Lease said.

Sheriff's deputies frequently place people they arrest in municipal jails around the county until the prisoners can conveniently be taken to the county jail in Galveston. Lease said a jail security camera videotaped Plaza and Cates using what appeared to be excessive force while booking Hayes. He declined to describe the scene while the investigation continues.

"The individual had been belligerent and had fought with officers, but not with these two particular officers," Lease said. Hayes did not require medical care as a result of the incident, Lease said. He added that no Santa Fe police officers were involved in the incident.


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