Five of seven criminal charges were dropped against a man seen in a viral video being punched and wrestled to the ground by Redmond Police officers in a park.
Darian O’Neill Belles, 26, was restrained with handcuffs Thursday afternoon when he appeared by video in Deschutes County Circuit Court. The jail deputies left one comment next to Belles’ name on the hearing schedule: “UNCOOPERATIVE WITH STAFF.”
Belles’ mood appeared to change when the prosecutor announced that Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel had decided to drop five charges from Belles’ indictment, including the most serious, the felony of assaulting a public safety officer.
“We recommend conditional release for Mr. Belles,” prosecutor Andrew Doyle said.
Belles remains charged with two misdemeanors: resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer.
About 3:55 p.m. Aug. 14, Redmond officers Bryan Holman and Chris Wooten contacted Belles at the pavilion of Sam Johnson Park regarding his unleashed dog. He reportedly told them he wasn’t going to talk with them, according to Redmond Police.
After warning him he would be arrested if he didn’t speak up, they attempted to take him into custody.
Belles allegedly resisted and was taken to the ground. Wooten used his Taser against Belles, and Belles tried to grab it. Holman responded by striking Belles in the head twice with a closed fist.
Belles’ initial indictment included one count of unlawful use of a stun gun, for “discharging an electrical stun gun against Bryan Holman.”
Officers Wooten and Holman remain at work pending an internal investigation.
“A use of force review is in progress, and the chief of police is reviewing all reports and available information,” said Redmond Lt. Curtis Chambers.
Both officers were wearing body cameras, as do all Redmond officers. Redmond is the largest police agency in Central Oregon with body cams for all officers.
Holman joined Redmond Police in January 2018. Wooten joined in May 2014.
Earlier this month, Holman was one of three officers cleared in an excessive force probe by the district attorney’s office. It stemmed from a June incident in which the officers were seen in a different viral video arresting four people following an alleged DUI hit and run.
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