Georgia deputies lied to a family about the cause of their teenage son’s death, recently released dash cam reveals.
“I was originally told that he hit a tree at 80 mph,” Greg Dyksma told the ledger-enquirer regarding his son who was killed at the hands of Harris County sheriff deputies.
“Then the story changed to he hit a cop car at 10 mph. Then it changed to they pushed him off the road. So I heard all these stories, but nothing’s been confirmed.”
But dash cam footage released last month confirms 18-year-old Nicholas Dyksma did not hit a tree.
It confirms he also did not die from hitting a cop car at 10 mph.
Instead, the video confirms deputy Thomas Pierson, who has since been arrested and indicted for sexually assaulting at least three women he pulled over during traffic stops, Tasered Nicholas Dyksma before yanking him from his pick up truck, throwing him to the asphalt and mashing his knee on the back of teen’s neck for nearly a minute, asphyxiating and killing him.
Thomas Carl “Tommy” Pierson faces several sexual assault charges including aggravated sodomy, sexual battery and stalking for raping women then showing up at their homes the next day to intimidate and harass them.
Greg Dyksma, Nicholas’ father, has only seen the disturbing video once. His wife, Tammy Dyksma, has never seen the video.
But one view was enough for Greg Dyksma to know something wasn’t right about the way cops treated his son and the video is now the basis of a federal lawsuit, which names Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, Sgt. Joe Harmon as well as deputies Heath Dawsom, William Sturdevant and Tommy Pierson as defendants.
It began around 2:00 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2015 with a call to police about a suspicious person sleeping in his truck at a Circle K store, which was Phillip Dyksma.