A former Harris County and current Montgomery County deputy constable has been charged with official oppression, stemming from a September 2011 incident at a northwest Harris County home.
The Scherz family filed a formal complaint last month against Jimmy Drummond, claiming that in an incident two years prior, that Drummond kicked, beat and stepped out of bounds as a law enforcement official, during a traffic stop outside the family's home.
The Precinct 4 Constable's Office Internal Affairs Division led an investigation and the results of that investigation were submitted to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Police Integrity Division.
Officials reviewed the investigators reports and filed official oppression charges on Drummond last week. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a punishment of one year of jail confinement, fine not to exceed $4,000 and or both if convicted.
Drummond is currently a captain at the Montgomery County Pct. 3 Constable's Office. Constable Ryan Gable has suspended Drummond, pending the outcome of his criminal case.
"Due to the seriousness of this charge, we want to make sure that as an agency we are taking the right steps to display that the public's safety and concerns are our most important concern," Gable said.
He went on to say that Drummond has been a good employee, while working in Montgomery County.
"At this time, we would also like to say that Captain Jimmy Drummond has not been convicted of any type of offense and is innocent until proven guilty," Gable said. "While employed by my office Captain Drummond has been a valuable asset and has served the citizens of Montgomery County faithfully."
Harris County Pct. 4 Chief Deputy James Sumner said his department agrees with the charges levied by the district attorney.
"We firmly believe the District Attorney's Office is following the appropriate course of action in reviewing the details of the overall incident, up to and including justification for dismissal of charges in the original case," he said. "No one in law enforcement supports abuse of official capacity in the use of force and likewise we do not support assaults on an officer in the performance of their duty."