Charges dropped against Rosenberg assistant police chief

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Charges dropped against Rosenberg Asst. Chief (KTRK)

A Fort Bend official now says charges have been dropped against Rosenberg Assistant Police Chief Tracie Dunn. Dunn was accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect while at the police station.

Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey confirmed to Eyewitness News that the charges were dropped.

Fort Bend Prosecutor Scott Carpenter said it was after the alleged victim refused to participate in efforts to pursue charges.

Healy told Eyewitness News, "The dismissal...reflects that the grand jury indicted Dunn without benefit of a statement from the woman that was the object of Dunn's attention. When the person was located, with the assistance of a former attorney of hers, I am told that she claimed in a recorded statement that she remembers nothing that took place after the arrest, and wants nothing more to do with the matter, and does not want to cooperate. Also, we found out that she sought no medical attention after the incident."

Dunn was indicted in November 2015, accused of misdemeanor official oppression. The indictment came after months of investigation.

In May 2015, Jessica Linda Lopez, 35, was arrested. She was accused of public intoxication, possession of drugs and resisting arrest. Her indictment even indicated she was "...kicking and pulling..." to get away from officers.

According to court documents, Lopez pleaded no contest to the possession charge and spent 13 days in jail.

This indictment of Dunn alleged Dunn kicked Lopez during her arrest at least once. Sources said Lopez was handcuffed at the time. That happened, allegedly, as police were bringing Lopez in to the police department.

The incident was caught on police surveillance camera. Months ago, Eyewitness News requested that video, but police refused that request and sought an opinion of the attorney general, who then stated that it was not subject to release because of an ongoing criminal investigation.

At the time, Rosenberg's Police Chief Dallis Warren would not comment. The department only issued a release, saying Asst. Chief Dunn has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

At the time of the indictment, Dunn spoke to us briefly by phone, though she refused comment about the indictment. A representative at her attorney's office said at the time they were "stunned" by the charge.
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