Houston, TX – Only one bystander came to the aid of a Houston police officer who was struggling with a combative 17-year-old armed robbery suspect, but several more stood around recording the altercation on their phones (video below).
One of the witnesses filming the altercation appeared to be a uniformed security guard.
“Help me!” the officer yelled to her, as the suspect reached for his duty weapon during the altercation. “Stop f--king filming and help me!”
The incident occurred at a gas station near Greenville, after an unnamed Houston police officer stopped a vehicle in connection with a shooting and aggravated robbery in Harris County, KPRC reported.
The driver, later identified as 17-year-old Davon Shavelle Miller, took off running from the vehicle, at which point an unnamed Houston police officer chased him and tackled him to the ground.
Cell phone footage captured the fight that ensued.
“Stop resisting!” one bystander repeatedly screamed at Miller as the officer and another man tried to get him into handcuffs.
Miller, who was lying on his back, tried to push the officer off of him and reached for the officer’s gun several times.
“Why you punch me?” he yelled at the officer during the altercation.
“Record me!” Miller told other bystanders in the area.
“Stop grabbing my cuffs! Let go of my f--king cuffs!” the officer commanded, as Miller raised his left arm with the cuffs grasped in his hand.
“Trying to kill me, son,” Miller said.
“He’s not gonna kill you,” one female bystander told Miller, seemingly more concerned about the suspect than the officer. “We all out here with cameras!”
The witness who stopped to help the officer was able to rip the handcuffs from Miller’s hand, the video showed.
A woman dressed in what appeared to be a security guard uniform then stepped into the camera’s view. She made no attempt to assist the officer, and instead circled around the melee, recording the scene with her cell phone.
Miller grabbed for the officer’s gun yet again, then repeatedly yelled, “I didn’t grab his gun!”
The officer then saw the uniformed woman move towards his right side.
“Stop f--king filming and help me!” he yelled, as she walked by him with her phone pointed at him just before the video ended.
Miller was eventually subdued, and has been charged with felony disarming a police officer for attempting to take the officer’s weapon, Houston Police Officer’s Union President Joe Gamaldi told KPRC.
“This guy is absolutely a threat,” Gamaldi said. “He had a pistol in his car that his girlfriend actually wrapped in a towel and threw it in the bushes while our officer [was] fighting with him.”
The identity of the security guard was unknown, and it was unclear where she worked.
“You know, a so-called security guard, a complete joke. She should be ashamed of herself,” Gamaldi told KPRC.
You can watch cell phone footage of the officer’s altercation with Miller in the video below: