Fort Bend Student Claims ‘Excessive Force’ Used in Arrest

By Mark Liu, NTD Houston
May 15, 2018 Last Updated: May 15, 2018

A Willowridge High School junior in Fort Bend ISD was arrested by two ISD police officers last Tuesday, May 8. The student claimed police used “excessive force” in the arrest.

“Two officers approached me. I didn’t know what they wanted at the moment,” explained Gregory Hepburn. “So as they tried to block me in, one just came out and just tried to tackle me.”

Fort Bend ISD released a statement to local news outlets saying:

“The safety and welfare of all of our students and staff members is the highest priority in Fort Bend ISD, and our administrators and Fort Bend ISD Police Officers work together each day to ensure that our campuses provide safe and supportive learning environments for all.

“Last week, Fort Bend ISD police officers arrested a male student during dismissals at Willowridge High School. The student interfered with the police officers as they were dealing with a disturbance between two female students and in the course of interfering, the student assaulted a school staff member and threatened to harm the staff member. As officers approached, the student ran from the officers. When officers attempted to stop the male using verbal commands, the male continued to evade police until he was eventually taken into custody. It is regrettable the suspect did not cooperate and comply with the officers. However, the suspect was eventually taken into custody and transported to the Fort Bend County jail on charges that include resisting arrest and terroristic threat. 

“This is an ongoing investigation, and as the charges are pending, we will also add it is standard practice to review any incident where physical force is used.”

After being arrested, Hepburn sat in the county jail on charges of evading and resisting arrest and also making a terroristic threat. Two days later his mom bailed him out. He said that charges are not right and he also refutes other charges under his name from February.

“I was like, ‘I ain’t never stole a car. That’s not what I do,'” said Hepburn.