BISD police officer sued for excessive force after altercation in student pick-up line
The mother of a local middle school student has filed a lawsuit claiming an officer with district's police force was unduly aggressive.
Christine Jones filed a lawsuit Jan. 9 in Jefferson County District Court against Tamara Spikes and the Beaumont Independent School District Police Department, citing the use of excessive force and improper conduct by a police officer.
According to the complaint, Jones was waiting to pick up her daughter from Vincent Middle School when she was reproached by Spikes for turning into the wrong driveway and asked to move. Jones claims she was unable to move her vehicle as there was a car in front of her.
According to the lawsuit, Spikes became increasingly angry, and when a space opened up, Jones began to move her car as instructed. Jones claims Spikes shifted in front of the car, at which point Jones stopped the car without hitting the defendant. According to the complaint, Spikes then claimed to have been hit and drew her gun, forcing Jones out of the car and onto the ground.
According to the lawsuit, Jones was arrested, but the criminal charges, including felony aggravated assault against a public servant, were dismissed.
Jones is seeking more than $200,000 in damages.
She is being represented in the case by attorneys Kenneth W. Lewis and Stephen L. Townsend of Bush Lewis PLLC.
Jefferson County District Court Case No. D0195-118
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.