HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The City of Houston and a city police officer are under fire after an inmate says he required ten stitches after an officer assaulted him in the city jail.
According to court records, Reuben Williams Jr. was arrested on November 8, 2014 on a misdemeanor DUI charge. Houston Police Officer S. Corral was on duty the night of his arrest. In a lawsuit filed Sunday, Williams says Corral used excessive force as he escorted Williams to a holding cell.
In police video you can see the officer escorting Williams to his holding cell.
"While he’s escorting him to jail it's made crystal clear on the video, the officer takes Ruben’s head and bashes it into a steel door jam, causing ten stitches, but before that, he’s lying in a pool of blood," said Williams' attorney, Randall Kallinen.
Williams' attorney says the alleged assault didn't end there.
“He then puts him up against the wall and applies some ninja army hold on his neck and he passes out,”said Kallinen.
According to an internal investigation conducted by Houston police, Williams spit on the officer.
Spitting on an officer is a felony graded offense. A grand jury decided to not indict the officer and according to Houston Police Spokesman John Cannon, Corral was never taken off duty.
Janice Evans, spokeswoman for Mayor Sylvester Turner's Office, did not comment on the lawsuit, saying the City of Houston "does not comment on pending litigation."
Williams father, Reuben Williams Sr., says his son isn't being treated fairly.
“The man’s got the power, he’s got the power, he’s got the badge he’s got the gun, he’s got all these things," said WIlliams.
“Houston thinks the potholes are the problem... it's not the problem, it's what happening down here, happening on the streets and are not coming to light."