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6th officer in line arrested for using excessive force on TDCJ prisoner



JONES COUNTY, TX – This is a 6th correctional officer from Abilene that has been arrested in connection to the incident that occurred at an Abilene prison in May 2021.

Brandon Crawford was arrested over the weekend after he and at least five other officers – Daniel Pfister, Hunter Burkhalter, Seth Petty, Tyler Seedig, and Franck Moundanga-Nzamba – were each indicted for official oppression for an incident that occurred at an Abilene prison in May 2021.

The other five officers were arrested last week.

Court documents for each suspect state the same thing, saying the suspect, “intentionally subjected (a victim) to mistreatment that the defendant knew was unlawful, to-wit: excessive use of force.”

The documents also said that each of the suspects was “acting under color of his employment as a correctional officer for the TDCJ” when the alleged mistreatment occurred.

A TDCJ representative declined to comment on the arrests, saying “due to the ongoing litigation, the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice will not be responding to a request for a statement.”