Cellphone video shot during Chilifest has gone viral and landed three law enforcement officers in hot water.
Burleson County Precinct 2 Constable Dennis Gaas confirms to News 3 that three of the officers he hired to work security at the music festival last weekend in Snook gave an underage drinker the chance to get out of a ticket by winning a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. You can see from her reaction that she was both excited and relieved to have won.
Gaas says he found out about the incident last night. This morning he told all three officers that they will not be allowed to work security at future Chilfests. He also notified the two departments the officers work for so they can decide whether further action is warranted. Gaas declined to say what departments the three officers work for.
Giving the underage drinker a break is not what got the officers in trouble. Gaas says doing so is an officer’s discretion. But when they "play games to get someone out of a ticket, I have a problem with that,” Gaas said.
Gaas said he hired officers from nearly 60 agencies to work security. They issued 113 citations. According to the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office, 44 people were arrested at Chilifest.
Gaas was upset by the officers’ actions saying, “it gives all of us a bad name."