KELLER, Texas (AP) — A former North Texas police officer has been indicted for his role in arresting and pepper spraying a man after he filmed his son’s encounter with police.
The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office announced Friday ex-Keller Police Sgt. Blake Shimanek is facing a charge of official oppression, a misdemeanor.
If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.
Court records did not list an attorney for Shimanek.
Bodycam footage shows Marco Puente being pepper-sprayed and arrested on Aug. 15, 2020 after he filmed his son’s interaction with Shimanek following a traffic stop.
Shimanek claimed Marco Puente blocked a roadway, but a subsequent investigation found Puente did nothing wrong.
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