HOUSTON - Family members of a woman seen on video beaten by deputies with the Harris Co. Sheriff’s Office spoke out Friday demanding justice and transparency with law enforcement.
The video which circulated around social media Wednesday showed the woman being punched by a deputy, who also appears to knee her in the face.
FIEL, a Houston nonprofit, held a press conference Friday with family members, who were unable to hold back tears as they screened the video with media outlets.
One of the family members, Cynthia Calderon, said she was hoping to get justice for her relative, while simultaneously bring awareness to her health.
Court documents identified the woman in the video as Ester Gonzales, but family members say her real name is Isis Calderon, as she has trouble even remembering her own name.
Cynthia says Calderon/Gonzales is diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as bipolar disorder and has been in and out of hospitals, so it’s been difficult for them to try and get her help.
Still, FIEL and the family members say Isis is not seen in the video holding a weapon so questioned the excessive use of force.
Even more upsetting for the family is since the altercation with deputies, they reportedly have not been able to see Gonzales and are unsure of her condition. However, a FIEL spokesperson says he trusts HCSO will conduct a thorough investigation.
"We're asking for transparency that procedure was followed," Cesar Espinoza, executive director with FIEL explained.
According to officials, Isis was getting arrested for trespassing but many viewers including a former judge and police officer, as well as an NAACP activist, were outraged by the footage, calling it "horrifying."