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Man beaten by METRO officer accused of biting Houston officer

Darren Giles (DPS)

HOUSTON – A man who was beaten by a METRO police officer earlier this month was arrested last week after Houston police said he bit an officer.

According to Houston police, officers were called to a gas station at the intersection of Cullen Boulevard and the South Loop Freeway about 6 p.m. Sept. 22, after someone reported a fight.

One of the two people arrested at the scene was Darren Giles, 31, police said.

Police said that while Giles was being taken to jail, he was kicking the inside of the patrol vehicle.

Giles resisted officers and pretended to fall while they were escorting him into the jail, police said. When an officer picked him up, Giles bit the officer’s left arm.

Giles was charged with assaulting a peace officer. He was being held in jail on $10,000 bond

Giles is the same man who had charges against him dropped after an encounter with two METRO officers Sept. 14.

During that incident, Officer Jairus Warren approached Giles, who was slumped over in a seat at the Burnett Station platform, according to investigators. Surveillance video of the encounter showed Warren beat Giles with a baton.

Giles was arrested after the Sept. 14 incident, but his charges were dropped two days later.

METRO Police Chief Vera Bumpers said that Warren resigned Sept. 26 after an excessive-force investigation was launched.


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