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VIDEO: Rep. Ronny Jackson detained by officers while trying to aid teen with seizures at Texas rodeo

According to witnesses, the deputies were needlessly rough with the congressman, who was trying to help a girl having a medical episode

Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson
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August 15, 2023 3:21pm

Updated: August 15, 2023 3:28pm

New body camera footage released on Monday by police shows Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson was briefly wrestled to the ground by police while trying to provide medical assistance to a teenage girl suffering from seizures. 

The police video, obtained by the Texas Tribune, shows the two-term Republican congressman approaching a group of people who were helping a 15-year-old girl who was having seizures at the rodeo in Amarillo. 

Jackson, a trained medic, gets into an apparent argument with one of the responding officers. Soon after, two officers tackle Jackson, throwing him to the ground. The former White House physician is then put in handcuffs before he is helped onto his feet. 

“You are a f—ing full-on d—!” Jackson told a state trooper in the 31-minute video. “You better recalculate, motherf—er!”

“I’m going to call the governor tomorrow and I’m going to talk to him about this ... because this is f— ridiculous,” Jackson continues.

The body camera footage was released by state police after Jackson defended his actions on social media, claiming that he was prevented from providing medical care because of the “overly aggressive and incompetent actions” of police officers. 

“Congressman Jackson, as a trained ER physician, will not apologize for sparing no effort to help in a medical emergency, especially when the circumstances were chaotic and the local authorities refused to help the situation,” said Kate Lair, a spokesperson for Jackson. 

According to witnesses, the deputies were needlessly rough with the congressman, who was trying to help the girl out. 

“We were just appalled,” said Chris Jordan. “The slamming to the ground I didn’t understand whatsoever.”

According to Carson County Sheriff Tam Terry, after the brief detention, Jackson called and told him that there needed to be consequences for the deputies who had handcuffed him. He said “he would pull hell and high water and come and ‘bury me in the next election,’ ” the sheriff said. 

“I’m glad the video is out. It shows the incompetence of the authorities and their complete disregard for the young girl in distress,” Jackson posted on X, the platform formerly called Twitter. “We have the best Sheriffs in the country here in the panhandle and north Texas. Unfortunately, the Sheriff in Carson County is not among them.”

“I will apologize for my language, but I will not apologize for getting upset & speaking my mind considering the circumstances,” he added. 

“If I had to do it again, I would still step up & act in a life-threatening situation. I will ALWAYS help someone in need. I WILL NOT apologize for that.”