Selma man injured during drug arrest

Published 3:53 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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A Selma man arrested in a drug arrest last week suffered a face injury after being tased, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO)

The face of Devonte Cleveland, 26, was swollen and scarred in a recent mugshot. Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum said Cleveland was one of the suspects in a car that was recently pulled over by DCSO authorities near the Food Outlet after running a red light.

When the DCSO deputies pulled over the Silver Honda Accord during a routine check, they found marijuana, an open whiskey bottle and a loaded gun in the car. Granthum said Cleveland fled the scene.

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“He was tased as he was running, when you get tased, you lose all muscular function and he fell flat on his face,” Granthum said. “He lost his balance and fell face first into the asphalt.”

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office released body camera video of the incident and it appeared to support Granthum’s version of the incident.

Granthum said that Cleveland’s family didn’t want the DCSO to release the video, but the DA’s office did. Granthum said some members of the community suspected Cleveland was abused by the DCSO.

“We didn’t release the video at the family’s request,” Granthum said. “We didn’t want to prejudice the jury. I’m sure the family’s upset at the District Attorney’s office.”

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson declined comment and referred all questions to Granthum.

Cleveland is being charged with first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance, drug paraphernalia possession, third-degree assault and attempting to elude.

The two other suspects in the case, Terrance Smith and Rakeem Harris, were also charged. Smith, 30, is charged with first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm. Harris, 31, was charged with first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana.