Family says video shows officer using excessive force on son at RRHS

Sophomore Gyasi Hughes was put in a chokehold yesterday after officers say he refused to calm down.

The fourteen year old sophomore had asked a classmate for his football goggles back, but was refused them.  So Hughes went through the teens backpack. The two got into a fistfight.  An administrator tried to break it up and called police.

They tried talking Hughes down but round rock police say they couldn’t and were forced to detain him. Hughes says it was unnecessary excessive force.

According to Hughes, “I didn't want him to take me down like that. If you are going to ask me and want me to calm down it doesn't seem that you should use physical, you shouldn't physically touch me if I am not physically hitting you or punching him back and I am equally trying to calm down. Like they say I was trying to walk away but not go after the student.”

Hughes was suspended and will serve two detentions. It’s not clear what kind of punishment the other student will receive.

FOX 7 has learned that Hughes' father has filed charges against the officer for excessive force.

The Round Rock Police Department did put out a statement detailing the incident, they say no criminal charges against Hughes have been filed but they did not mention that a chokehold was used on him.

On Oct. 8, at approximately 2:15 p.m. Round Rock Police School Resource Officers (SROs) were requested by Round Rock High School Administrators to assist with a fight in the cafeteria between two male high school students. The administrator stated she was unable to de-escalate the fight and needed police assistance.

Two Round Rock Police Department SROs responded to break up the fight. One male student refused to comply with an administrator and was attempting to continue to fight the other student. SROs began speaking with the student to calm him down and to de-escalate the situation by walking him into another area of the building. The student refused to calm down and was attempting to get passed the SROs to the location of the other student to continue with the altercation. After repeated attempts to calm the non-compliant student, and stop him from going after the other student, officers were forced to detain him for his safety and the safety of others.

The student later calmed down and was released from detention at Round Rock High School with no criminal charges filed at this time.  This incident is currently under review by the police department staff.

While the incident is under review a spokesperson tells FOX 7 the officer is still on duty.

Round Rock ISD also released a statement.

The safety of all students is our top priority in Round Rock ISD. Our partnerships with Round Rock Police Department and Williamson County Sheriff’s Department play an important role in creating the safest educational environment for our students, teachers, staff and administrators. Our Round Rock High School administrative team is working with RRPD regarding an incident involving two students Thursday afternoon to make sure proper procedures were followed. We look forward to the continued partnership between our public safety partners in evaluating this incident and in our continued support of safe and secure schools. 

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