Couple indicted in Texas Denny's chokehold death

When Chauna Thompson "observed that the man had stopped resisting, she and her husband stopped restraining him", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference.

Authorities say the Thompsons subdued and restrained Hernandez after Terry Thompson confronted him on May 28 after seeing him urinate outside a Denny's.

"They didn't take him from us for a couple days, a couple weeks, a couple years". "He was just going to hold him down, whatever". The footage was captured by a concerned citizen who recorded the incident, despite being told by the deputy to stop filming.

The Thompsons are accused of causing the death of 24-year-old John Hernandez who they restrained outside a Houston-area restaurant. Hernandez was hospitalized after he was choked during a late-night encounter with the couple May 28, authorities said, and he died three days later.

"No one accused Maria of a crime, but Maria was put in the back of a squad vehicle and her cellphone was taken", said Kallinen.

Instead, Kallinen said that Hernandez's wife was unable to accompany her husband to the hospital because deputies detained her for four hours. "We'd rather them get life sentences". Thompson has been placed on administrative leave.

The family of a Texas man who died after a confrontation with a Harris County deputy's husband has hired a lawyer after witness cell phone video showed the man allegedly using an "illegal chokehold" on their loved one.

Kallinen said Hernandez's wife was put in a police squad vehicle for almost four hours and had her cell phone taken away by deputies at the scene.

"That's the objective of launching an internal investigation, just to make sure we are being thorough and to protect the public's trust", Gonzalez said.

The video, which is disturbing to watch, is confirmation of a cover up, according to the Hernandez family attorney.

"I haven't seen any evidence that shows Mr. Thompson meant to cause death", Courtney said.

Officials with the Harris County Sheriff's Office say there is an internal investigation to see if the deputy violated policy, and they were already aware of the video. "And [Thompson] looked me in the face and told me he's not getting off him". "And never would let him go after (Hernandez was) turning blue", Trammell said.

Terry's attorney, Scott Courtney, said prosecutors rushed the case without giving the grand jury time to consider all the evidence.

"They feel that they can get it covered up because they are cops", Hernandez's wife said. Kallinen also said sheriff's deputies contacted the district attorney's office that evening to request that a misdemeanor assault charge be filed against John Hernandez, who died days later after he was taken off of life support.

The grand jury convened the following day.

Gonzalez has asked the Texas Rangers and U.S. Department of Justice to help investigate the fatal confrontation.

The Thompsons continued until Hernandez was immobile, investigators said.

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