Dallas, TX Paramedic Who Kicked Man In Face Won’t Face Charges
Late last year, a disturbing video out of Dallas was released of an incident that outraged the community when a Dallas Paramedic kicked a homeless man in the face and even punched him as they were investigating a "fire". You can see the video for yourself below.
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In a video obtained by the Dallas Morning News, while responding to reports of a grass fire near Interstate 30 near North Hampton Road in Dallas, a Dallas paramedic ended up in a physical altercation with a homeless man that left him seriously injured. Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic Brad Cox, was seen on camera kicking a homeless man in a video from 2019.
Additional Body Cam Footage Shows The Incident From Start To Finish.
According to WFAA, the man Cox was kicking in the video was Kyle Vess. Dallas police and sheriff’s deputies responded to arrest Vess, but before they could take him into custody, in the bodycam video you can hear and see fireman Cox tell Vess to get up. Then, Cox kicks Vess in the head.
"Vess had a black eye to his right eye, bloody nose, multiple fractures to his face and a swollen right ankle.”
Cox said he believed Vess started the fire. His explanation can be heard on the body camera footage from sheriff’s deputies at the scene. Why a "paramedic" is justifying his abusive behavior on what he "believes" is absolutely ridiculous not to mention overreaching for his position as a PARAMEDIC in my opinion. But of course, in most stories like this, there's a pattern of behavior and this isn't the first time Cox has been in trouble.
In 2016, Cox and another firefighter were investigated for an incident involving another homeless man named Hirschell Fletcher.
In the case of Hirschell Fletcher, when paramedics arrived, they "assumed [Fletcher] was drunk and [the paramedics] began harassing and openly laughing at him as Fletcher sat on the sidewalk in pain.” Fletcher who had schizophrenia and a speech impediment had just been robbed, “assaulted and punched in the head, causing him to fall and hit his head on a wall.” But instead of treating him, he was taken to jail, he would later die from his injuries. The paramedics were not held criminally responsible for his death but were indicted for “falsifying a report to cover up his failure to render aid at the scene." Cox, ultimately, pleaded guilty and received 12 months’ probation.
Despite This Pattern Of Behavior, Cox Will Not Face Any Charges For Kicking Vess
After four years, two investigations and the video going public, Cox was placed on administrative leave and had his paramedic license suspended in November of 2021, according to state records but his suspension was lifted a month later. Cox was later fired by DFR but the Dallas Police Department has cleared Cox of any wrongdoing. According to The Dallas Observer, Vess’ family filed a lawsuit against Cox for detaining Kyle and using excessive force. The lawsuit also names the city, and claims Dallas protects its bad apples and doesn’t properly train employees.