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Video: Officer Shooting Mentally Ill Man Caught on Camera

October 18, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Officer Shooting Mentally Ill Man Caught on Camera

Footage from a neighbor's surveillance camera appears to show a Dallas PD officer shooting an unarmed, stationary mentally ill man. The officer had said the man advanced toward him while raising a knife.

Joyce Jackson called 911 after arguing with her son, Bobby Gerald Bennett, 53, who she said had "mental issues" and had been acting erratically, according to WFAA News. Bennett was sitting in a chair in the street outside his mother's house when Officer Cardan Spencer and another unnamed officer arrived. The video shows Bennett stand up, and then Spencer shooting the man in the abdomen after eight seconds.

Spencer has been placed on indefinite administrative leave. Bennett is in serious condition.

In light of the video, today Chief David Brown ordered that the aggravated assault charge brought against Bennett be dropped.

Tags: Use of Force, Dallas PD, Citizen Video


Comments (2)

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Connie McQuillan @ 10/18/2013 5:13 PM

Salute to Dallas PD Chief David Brown who did not cover for an officer's unjustified shooting & falsifying his records in attempts to obstruct justice. Praying for a full & speedy recovery for Bobby Gerald Bennett, and prayers to his mom, Joyce Jackson.

CHERYL LEMCO @ 10/18/2013 5:28 PM

looked like he hande4d him a cig because he put it in his mouth

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