March 15, 2010
Jacksonville Daily Progress
“Case against White dismissed”
Lauren LaFleur CNHI
JACKSONVILLE, TX — Charges against Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Chris White were dismissed Monday.
White was accused of kicking Michael Jones of Jacksonville in the face on the night of Aug. 3, 2006, after Jones was restrained in handcuffs.
White had no comment Monday afternoon about the matter.
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision,” said Chad Rook, one of the attorneys representing White. “The Court clearly made the correct ruling in dismissing all claims against Captain White, as not a shred of evidence exists that he did anything to Mr. Jones.”
Jones initially filed a suit against Cherokee County because of his alleged attack. However, the county was dismissed by the court on summary judgment.
Jones was charged with evading arrest for the night in question — witnesses said they saw Jones hitting a woman in his car that night. When a Bullard police officer tried to pull Jones over to investigate the matter, Jones fled.
He was found about five hours later behind a convenience store in Troup, after abandoning his vehicle and fleeing on foot.
Ted Garrigan, Jones’ court-appointed attorney, said Jones was subdued and laying on the ground, cuffed at wrists and ankles, when Texas Department of Criminal Justice officers turned him over to Cherokee County officers.
“By the time he got to the Smith County Jail, he had six teeth knocked out and his nose was broken,” Garrigan said in a previous interview. “He said he remembers lying on the ground face down completely restrained. A Cherokee County deputy vehicle pulls up, a deputy steps out of it and kicks him in the face until he blacked out.”
According to Rook and Robert Davis, the other attorney representing White, Jones could provide a physical description of his alleged attacker — approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 150-180 pounds.
But the claims that he was kicked in the face and subsequent description of his attacker didn’t come for a while.
“He never made this claim at the scene or for months following his arrest,” Rook said, via an e-mailed response to questions sent by a Daily Progress reporter. “He only started making such a claim at some point during his criminal proceedings months later.”
Rook said only three Cherokee County officers were on the scene, and White was only named because he fit the description of the man Jones claimed kicked him.
Statements were filed by officers on the scene, including those by seven TDCJ officers, all dated between Aug. 15, 2006, and Aug. 18, 2006. Six of those seven ended their written statements by stating they did not see anyone kick, hit or mistreat Jones after he was cuffed. While the wording among the six statements vary, they each express that they did not witness Jones being mistreated by any officers on the scene.
In fact, according to records obtained by the Daily Progress, only one officer recorded that any sort of attack was made on Jones — former Bullard Police Department Officer Bryan Richards recorded that a single officer involved in the incident, Troup’s Officer L. Becker, referenced [the] alleged incident at all.
“While Officer Becker was at the Bullard Police Department, he advised me that he saw a Cherokee County deputy kick Michael Jones in the mouth after he was restrained with hand and leg restraints,” according to Richards’ report. “This statement was not documented in the incident report that was provided to the Bullard Police Department.”
Becker’s statement was dated Aug. 11, 2006. (Source: Jacksonville Daily Progress March 15, 2010)
Jones attempted to appeal his excessive force case, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
The 12th Court of Appeals published the vehicle traveling at 100MPH was a “deadly weapon” without reference to the illegal ass whoopin’ Jones got when Cherokee County deputies arrived. The TDCAA also fails to mention the beating after the high speed chase.
(Source: Michael Clyde Jones v. The State of Texas–Appeal from 241st District Court of Smith County)
None the less Chris Smith left the Cherokee County Sheriff Department following the incident and moved to Dallas becoming the CEO of Athos
CEO & Founder of Athos Group LLC
Chris White, CEO and Founder of Athos Group LLC, comes from a strong tradition of public service. His commitment to integrity and teamwork was formed early as he watched his father serve their community in several positions such as Emergency Management Coordinator, Firefighter, Paramedic, and certified Arson and Explosives Investigator.
Following in his father’s example, Chris entered the police academy at age 19 and became a Sheriff’s Deputy soon thereafter. He rose rapidly through the ranks of his department; from Patrol, to Detective, to Chief Investigator and member of the SWAT Team. He was promoted to the rank of Captain, leading the agency’s Investigations Division. Chris received special training focusing on crimes against persons and child victims, and was a member of a multi-agency Child Advocacy Center, an interdisciplinary team investigating child deaths and sexual assaults. Chris helped form, and served as Co-Coordinator of, the region’s Search and Rescue Team comprised of law enforcement, fire department, state parks and wildlife, and state corrections department officers to recover missing children, lost hunters and others in peril.
Like many officers struggling to provide for their families, Chris began working off-duty security jobs to supplement his income and purchased his first home with the money he earned. He then began assisting fellow officers by helping them schedule other regional off-duty requests, and built an early reputation for reliability, accountability and customer service. His success continued, and in 2006 he formed Innovative Surveillance Solutions (ISS).
Chris realized that he could provide reliable off-duty work for law enforcement officers while helping businesses manage risk, and began leading his company full time. Starting with fewer than 100 law enforcement officer associates and 2 initial clients, the company grew over the last decade to supporting more than five hundred clients in all major corporate sectors and partnering with more than 6,000 officers to provide services.
ROLLKALL Technologies Inc. Overview
Chris also co-founded Rollkall which at first glance appears to be another company that just keeps on making cop life better and better. However upon further investigation the company has been inactive for years.
Rollkall Technologies Inc. filed as a Foreign For-Profit Corporation in the State of Texas and is no longer active. This corporate entity was filed approximately seven years ago on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 as recorded in documents filed with Texas Secretary of State. It is important to note that this is a foreign filing. A foreign filing is when an existing corporate entity files in a state other than the one they originally filed in. This does not necessarily mean that they are from outside the United States. There are several officers known to have been associated with this organization at one point.