*Baytown, TX police are investigating after a cell phone video showing two men – one black, one white – arrested for cursing while questioning their friend’s arrest has gone viral.
Skylar Gilmore, who is white, was first to be arrested after questioning why another friend, Jostin Moore, who is black, was pulled over in a separate car Tuesday outside the Baytown Market Convenience Store. Police arrested Moore for unspecified traffic violations and an outstanding warrant out of Deer Park.
Another friend in the car, Isiah Phillips, who is black, was arrested on the same municipal foul language charge as Gilmore. About four and a half minutes into the video, one of the two Baytown officers walks over to Gilmore and tells him he’s under arrest for “cussing in public.” Roughly 15 seconds later, the video shows the officer throw Gilmore to the ground and knee him in the face. The second officer grabs Phillips from behind. “They slammed me on my friend Skylar’s hood, used my face to dent his hood,” Phillips said. “That’s not proper.”
A spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office confirmed prosecutors dropped a separate charge of interfering with public duties because of lack of evidence.
Baytown Police Chief Keith Dougherty filed the complaint against the officers, saying, “I try to hold people accountable, and I feel the frustration.”
Watch KHOU 11’s report of the incident below, or here.