Jasper County woman's arrest is being investigated

Jasper County Deputy William Land is under investigation for an arrest he made in January of this year.

That's when he took 67-year-old Virginia Green into custody.

Authorities tell us that Green is mentally challenged, and they say on January 23rd, she made unnecessary calls to 911.  That's when Deputy Land went to her home in the Ken Manning Edition of Brookeland.

We're told she exhibited threatening behavior, and resisted arrest.

She was eventually taken to jail where she spent two days.

The incident was captured on dash camera video.

But Jasper County District Attorney Steve Hollis saw it differently, and says Green did not appear to be resistant.  He says the video shows Deputy Land dragging Green over a chain link fence, and using a taser against her.

As a result, Hollis decided not to prosecute Green, but instead launched an investigation into Land's actions.

Hollis also contacted the Texas Attorney General about the case.

At this point no charges have been filed against Land.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman says Land, who he says has been a deputy for four years, remains on the job pending the investigation.

We did request the dash camera video, but the district attorney told us it could not be released at this point because of the investigation.

We have also filed a Freedom Of Information request with the sheriff's office to get a copy of Deputy Land's report about the incident.



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