Monday October 21st, 2013
Dallas Cops Shoot Mentally Ill Man, Claim He 'Lunged At Them With Knife,' Video Shows Otherwise (InformationLiberation)

A Dallas police officer is finding out the hard way piling false charges onto someone you shot is no longer a surefire way to escape the repercussions of your crimes.

From the AP:
Surveillance video showing a Dallas police officer shooting a mentally ill man standing still about 20 feet away contradicts the assertion of an officer that the man threatened his safety by lunging at him with a knife.

[...]Spencer wrote in a police report that Bennett refused to drop the knife, but moved toward him and another officer "in a threatening manner." Spencer says that's when he fired at Bennett four times from about 20 feet away, wounding him. Bennett was then charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant.

But the video tells a different story. Although the police report says Bennett "lunged" at the officers with a knife, in the video he stands up from the chair but then doesn't appear to move at all until the gun is fired and he crumples to the ground.

[...]Bobby Gerald Bennett remains hospitalized after being shot in the stomach Monday. The officer who shot him, Cardan Spencer, is on indefinite administrative leave pending a criminal investigation after a neighbor released surveillance video that captured the incident.
All charges against the victim have been dropped.
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