Brandon James Hicks Wiki – Brandon James Hicks Biography
Brandon James Hicks is an Austin, Texas, man who was arrested for pushing a park ranger into a lake Thursday, following the ranger’s attempt to disperse a crowd of people who were not complying with social distancing guidelines.
Brandon James Hicks Video
A video published to social media shows the officer telling a group of people to remain six feet apart, followed by a man jumping the ranger and bringing both of them into the water and then running away afterward, according to NBC affiliate KXAN.
Brandon James Hicks Age
He is 25 years old.
Who is Brandon James Hicks?
According to an arrest affidavit, Brandon James Hicks, 25, now faces charges for attempted assault on a public servant following the stunt.
Police responded to a call to assist the ranger, who was reportedly breaking up the crowd at Commons Ford Park due to unlawful smoking and drinking.
“Brandon’s intentional and reckless action could have caused the Ranger to strike his head on the dock as he was falling, and render himself unconscious in at least 3 feet of water where he could have drowned to death,” the affidavit said.
The person filming the incident indicated that the park ranger was being friendly to the crowd, adding that they were glad Hicks was arrested, the report added.
“The park ranger was actually being really sweet and understanding before,” the witness said.
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department released the following statement:
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is saddened by the action taken against our Park Ranger. City of Austin Parks Rangers are essential workers who’ve been on the front-line of the City’s response to COVID-19. They continue to work long hours educating the public on the various operational changes at parks and other PARD facilities.
Rangers are not law enforcement officers. The Ranger program was created to provide educational services, safety, and security in Austin’s parks and recreational facilities. Through these actions, Rangers help protect and foster stewardship of the natural world.
“Our Rangers continue to engage residents on the proper use of park facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kimberly McNeeley, Austin Parks & Recreation Department Director. “We ask that the public treat Rangers with the same respect they wish to be shown to themselves. Public support is essential for Austin to meet the challenges of this pandemic.”
Hicks is charged with attempted assault on a public servant, a state jail felony.