- Rep. Ronny Jackson was forcibly detained by deputies at the White Deer Rodeo in Texas while trying to assist a 15-year-old girl in medical distress.
- Law enforcement claims Jackson hindered paramedics, while he accuses them of incompetency, even threatening to report the incident to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
- Subsequent to the incident, Jackson’s behavior was described as “agitated” and “belligerent” with suggestions of alcohol involvement, which his office denies.
A recent incident involving Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) at the White Deer Rodeo in Texas stirred controversy after bodycam footage showcased law enforcement officers wrestling Jackson to the ground and handcuffing him.
Jackson, a former White House physician, was trying to aid a 15-year-old girl undergoing a seizure at the time, with no “uniformed EMS providers on the scene,” as stated by Jackson’s office.
The footage from July 29 reveals deputies forcibly detaining Jackson, alleging he hindered paramedics’ intervention by refusing to step back.
One officer, referred to as “Trooper Young,” confronts Jackson in the video, claiming he had to ask him to step back “twice.”
Jackson vehemently denies the accusations, underscoring his ER doctor credentials and expressing his intention to merely assist the young girl.
The altercation escalates as Jackson, infuriated, exchanges heated words with Young, accusing him of incompetence and even threatening to escalate the issue to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Portions of the released video lack audio, a discrepancy the Texas Department of Public Safety has yet to explain.
Subsequent to the incident, an email by an attending trooper described Jackson’s demeanor as “agitated” and “belligerent,” speculating potential alcohol involvement.
However, Jackson’s office firmly refuted these claims, emphasizing that he “was not drinking.”
Jackson took to social media, defending his actions and expressing relief over the video’s release, which, according to him, spotlights the “incompetence of the authorities.”
While he regretted his choice of words, Jackson remained unapologetic for intervening during the medical emergency, a sentiment echoed by his spokesperson, Kate Lair.
Sheriff Tam Terry, allegedly threatened by Jackson during the incident, remained silent when approached by USA Today for comments.
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