Save Jesus: Deep Ellum Rallies Around Fired Cop

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DALLAS -- Lately, you see a lot of folks protesting against police, but Wednesday was a different story.

A passerby caught a struggle between an officer and a man on video back in June. It shows DPD Officer Jesus Martinez arresting a homeless man in Deep Ellum.

The tape is difficult to watch.

But Martinez is not officer anymore.  He was fired and charged with official oppression. That left folks in Deep Ellum peeved.

“He’s a scapegoat for the City of Dallas,” Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said.

Supporters swarmed the city council meeting wearing shirts reading Jesus is my Homeboy and shops in the neighborhood were covered in #SaveJesus signs.

“It came at a time where the grand jury was released in Ferguson,” Pinkston added.  “I think it was planned and plotted out. I think it’s all political.”

But what about Martinez bending this guy’s arm up to his ear? Apparently he accidentally got mace in his eyes.

“He can’t see, and he’s still making the arrest,” Pinkston explained about the video.  “He didn't run.”

“He has actually been a terror in our neighborhood for years,” a Deep Ellum artist said about the man being arrested in the video.  She commends the cop in question.

“He’s been in our community for eight years…[We’re] musicians, we’re bar owners…for us to even rally around an officer says a lot."

Martinez can appeal his firing.  Do you think he was doing his job? Or did this arrest go a little bit too far?


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