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July 13th, 2010
Threadgills file complaint, Ratliff to ask for Rangers

STAFF REPORT

Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff said Tuesday morning that he will again ask the Texas Rangers to investigate the June 22 incident in which deputies have been accused of brutality during the arrest of an 80-year-old Woodcreek man and his son.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said that Robert Threadgill and his son Stephen filed formal complaints against deputies Monday morning. A sheriff’s office spokesman didn’t give details about the complaint. Robert Threadgill could not be reached for comment.

Ratliff had asked for an investigation from the Texas Rangers last week, but was informed that no such investigation could take place until the Threadgills formally complained.

Deputies charged Robert Threadgill with disorderly conduct by profane and abusive language and with resisting arrest in the June 22 incident. Threadgill surrendered on that warrant last week and was released on a $3,000 personal bond. Police charged Stephen Threadgill with disorderly conduct by profane and abusive language.

The Threadgills and a witness, Doyle Odom, said deputies used excessive and unwarranted force during the arrest. Wimberley EMS Director Ken Strange said Robert Threadgill suffered a “badly sprained leg” and that Stephen Threadgill was diagnosed with a concussion. The Threadgills said they suffered additional injuries resulting from being inhumanely transported to a police cruiser by deputies.

The HCSO said last week that an internal investigation showed that their deputies did not act inappropriately.

HCSO deputies arrested Robert and Stephen Threadgill after responding to a call from a Lodge at Cypress Falls employee, who claimed the elder of the two men became loud and verbally abusive after refusing to stop throwing debris over an upstream dam that forms the resort’s swimming hole on Cypress Creek. Robert Threadgill, whose condominium adjoins the resort, said the lodge had thrown debris into the creek adjoining condominium property. A dam and fence separate the properties.

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