NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County grand jury has indicted the woman who is at the center of an ongoing use-of-force investigation for assault against a police officer, which is a felony.
The Nacogdoches grand jury indicted Lindsey Obianuju Ogbanna, of Nacogdoches, on the charge when it met on May 10. When Ogbanna was arrested at a Nacogdoches apartment complex back in April, she was originally charged with resisting arrest, search, or transport.
She has since posted bail on an unspecified bond amount and has been released from the Nacogdoches County Jail.
According to a previous story, Sgt. Brett Ayres, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said that the incident occurred at the Overlook apartment complex. The use-of-force investigation involves the Nacogdoches PP officer who arrested Ogbanna.
The officer was off-duty when the incident occurred on April 10. Ayres explained the officer serves as courtesy security at the apartment complex.
Ayers said the officer was investigating a large group of people who gathered at the apartments Wednesday night. Witnesses said the group was about nine to 10 women.
During the investigation, two women resisted arrest. One fled the scene, and the other, Ogbanna, was arrested, Ayres said.
The officer said he was assaulted and was taken the hospital and treated for minor injuries, Ayres said. He was released and returned to duty the next day.
Witnesses, including one woman who was arrested, say the officer was not in uniform and was wearing a T-shirt and shorts.
“The officer was belligerent. He was violent. He was disrespectful. He dehumanized my friend,” said Kayla Jackson.
Jackson was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. She told East Texas news that she will claim her innocence.
Tanjuniqua Brown described what she saw. "He tackled her. He used unnecessary force and then turned on another girl. We just want justice for those two girls,” Brown said.
Ayers said any time use of force is used by an officer, an investigation is launched to make sure no federal or state laws were violated.