Officer Involved Shooting Data Webpage

Capture4The Dallas Police Department has posted data at Dallaspolice.net on officer involved shootings (OIS) from 2003 to the present date.  The Department previously announced that this data would be available on the website by the end of November to enhance transparency surrounding the use of lethal force by Dallas Police Officers.

The webpage contains a message from the Chief of Police, an explanation of why the information is being provided, a description of the OIS investigative process, the department’s deadly force policy and steps the department has undertaken to reduce the likelihood of a deadly force incident.  Also included are graphs depicting the number of OIS incidents during this time frame, the disposition of the suspects in the shootings and the number of officers criminally assaulted during the same time period.  A map of the city shows the location of each OIS during the years of 2013 and 2014.

Finally, the webpage contains a matrix with information from each individual OIS from 2003 to the present day.  By clicking on the case number, visitors to the website can see a brief summary of each incident.

The Dallas Police Department is committed to keeping the community informed regarding officer’s use of deadly force.  This webpage establishes a foundation from which this data can be shared.  We invite all interested individuals to visit the site to gain knowledge on this important subject.

To visit this site, go to this link: http://www.dallaspolice.net

Turkey Trot Street Closures

2014-Trot-logo-983x1024The 47th Annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a tradition that draws people from all over the country each year. Even if you’re not a runner or walker, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live musical entertainment and much more!

If you are particpating, live in dallas, or plan on visiting, below is the organized route, the street closures, and DART alternatives for your consideration.

On November 26-27, from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m., both the southbound and northbound lanes of Akard Street will be closed between Young Street and Marilla Street.

On November 27, from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the eastbound lanes of Young Street will be closed between Griffin Street and Akard Street. Also, the eastbound and westbound lanes of Young Street will be closed between Evergreen Street and Harwood Street.

Turkey Trot Street Closures

Turkey Trot Dart Alternatives

Black Friday Safety Tips

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This year many shoppers will be out early to find those big bargains on Black Friday or online for Cyber Monday, but the criminals will be out too. The National Crime Prevention Council has 10 great tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains throughout the shopping season.

  1. Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  2. Shop online with companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  3. Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases.   Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit  card or bank statements as they come in.
  4. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
  5. Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
  6. Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  7. Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  8. Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
  9. Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  10. If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

     
    To find more useful shopping tips and personal safety information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website at http://www.ncpc.org. 

Chief Brown Disciplines Employees

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Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown disciplined the following officers during hearings this afternoon.

  1. Police Officer Jesus Martinez, #8814, was involved in the following incident:

On June 8, 2014, at approximately 6:18 p.m., Officer Martinez was on patrol when he came in contact with a pedestrian that he earlier witnessed panhandling. A video of the incident, which was captured by a witness, showed Officer Martinez straddling the pedestrian who was faced down. The video captured Officer Martinez handcuffing the pedestrian and pushing his handcuffed hands and elbows upward. The video showed Officer Martinez using his right knee to pin the pedestrian’s right elbow down while raising the pedestrian’s left elbow and hand upward causing him severe pain. Officer Martinez holds the pedestrian in this position for approximately 40 seconds. At one point, Officer Martinez raised the pedestrian’s left elbow until it touched the back of his head. During the video, the pedestrian could be heard screaming in pain. This continued for approximately 45 more seconds until cover officers arrived.

Officer Martinez alleged that the pedestrian was resisting which resulted in his actions and the use of OC spray. Another independent witness observed Officer Martinez and the pedestrian exchange words and then Officer Martinez followed the pedestrian and subsequently tackled him. The witness also gave an account of the incident as described on the video and did not see any resistance.

An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that Officer Martinez used unnecessary and/or inappropriate force against a citizen.

Officer Martinez was arrested and charged with Official Oppression Class A Misdemeanor.

Officer Martinez was terminated for his actions. He was hired in April 2006 and was assigned to the Central Patrol Division.

  1. Police Officer Casarae Womble, #9977, was involved in the following incidents:

On October 29, 2014, Officer Womble, while on duty, had a recorded telephone conversation with the mother of his children. During the conversation, Officer Womble made threats towards the children who were staying with him at the time. The threats caused the mother to fear for the safety of her children. Also during the recorded conversation Officer Womble made threats towards the mother.

Later that day, Officer Womble’s chain of command was made aware of the threats made by Officer Womble. He was called in to headquarters by his supervisors where he was questioned about the conversation he had with the mother of his children. Officer Womble denied ever making any threats.

On October 31, 2014, Officer Womble was arrested for Harassment by the department’s Child Abuse Unit.

An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that Officer Womble failed to devote his entire time and attention to duty, engaged in adverse conduct which resulted in his arrest for Harassment, and being untruthful to a supervisor. The investigation also revealed an incident that occurred on November 16, 2013, in Plano, Texas. During that incident, Officer Womble and the children’s mother were involved in a disturbance which led to a police response by Plano police. No arrest or charges were filed during that incident. Therefore, Officer Womble received an allegation for being involved in an incident that occurred in Plano, Texas, which resulted in a police response.

Officer Womble was terminated for his actions. He was hired in September 2009 and was assigned to the Field Services Division.

Under civil service rules, all employees have the right to appeal their discipline.

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During a separate hearing held today, Assistant Chief Michael Genovesi disciplined Officer Julian Harris, #10582, for the following incident:

On November 20, 2014, Dallas officers were dispatched to an injured person call involving a female victim at Charlton Methodist Hospital where they met with an injured complainant.

Detectives in the Domestic Violence Unit began an investigation that found that a disturbance between Officer Harris and the female complainant escalated into a physical altercation resulting in the complainant receiving a serious bodily injury at Officer Harris’s apartment in Dallas.

Officer Harris reported to the Domestic Violence Unit and was placed under arrest for Aggravated Assault F/V SBI 22.02 F/2 and was transported to the Dallas County Jail.

Police Officer Harris was hired on June 19, 2013 and on probation. Based on his probationary status, he was terminated from the department for failure of probation and has no right to appeal under civil service rules.

Critical Missing Person: Haron Fields

Update 11/23/2014 @ 8:20 p.m.: Mr. Fields has been safely located and is in good condition.

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Haron Fields
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 Height: 5’06” Weight: 190 lbs
Hair: Gray Eyes: Brown

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Mr. Haron Fields was last seen walking in the 2200 block of Clover Ridge Drive. Mr. Fields suffers from dementia and heart problems. He was last seen wearing a brown hoodie jacket with “214-881-0835″ on the back, a black and gray striped short sleeve shirt, green sweat pants, and green shoes. Mr. Fields is a Black male, 84 years of age, 5’6″, 190 lbs, with gray hair and brown eyes.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the individual above. If you have any information, please call 911 or the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-4268.    

For the full missing person bulletin, please see the attachment below:

Twitter War for America’s Team

twitterwarTwo teams…two cities: Dallas and Philadelphia. Both cities are set to enjoy a decade old football rivalry on Thanksgiving afternoon. Even more so for the Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) chapters of Dallas and Philadelphia – it is more than just bragging rights for these organizations.

Each chapter has decided to put the rivalry where it matters the most (or close to it). Both the Dallas PAL and their counterpart, Philadelphia PAL, have taken their love for their respective teams to the world of social media, i.e. Twitter. Who can out-tweet the other? Who wants their team to win the most? Cowboys…? Eagles…?

The Twitter “War” between both organizations officially commenced on November 12, 2014 and is comprised of pictures from various PAL activities holding signs or chanting in support of their teams, each post is given the hashtag #PALTurkey Bowl. From Dallas PAL youth participants to DPD officers and Command Staff…everyone wants to participate in showing their support for the Cowboys and beating the Eagles.

But no “friendly” war is good without raising the stakes. To make things a little more interesting, both PAL chapters agreed to the following: the winning team will have all the fun of gloating on Thanksgiving and for days to come; not to mention taking the lead in the NFC East Division. The losing team must go to their corner to lick their wounds but also send PAL gear, some tasty treats from their home town (either TastyKake of Philly or Pecan Lodge BBQ of Dallas) as well as wear the winning teams’ shirt the following week.

So let’s make this very clear: as friendly as this competition is, it is serious business between Dallas PAL and Philly PAL. We can’t score the winning touchdown or block a kick but we can win on Twitter! Let’s GO COWBOYS! America’s Team! How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!

Keep up with Dallas PAL on Facebook and Twitter @dallaspal with hashtag #PALTurkeyBowl.

Collaboration Between Citizens, Security, and Police Lead to A Great Arrest

 

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On November 15, 2014, at about 11:35 P.M., Dallas Police Officers Watson, #9651, Rojas, #9652,  McGruder, #10460,  Paxton, #10483, and Bailey, #10546, responded to a Robbery in Progress call at 5521 S. Hampton Road.  The victim left the post office and was walking to her car when two unknown males approached her.  One of the males pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded her purse and car keys.  At this point, she was able to run away and get help. The police were called using a good Samaritan’s cell phone. A short time later, a security guard working at the Cielo Ranch Apartments on Gannon Lane noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. A male suspect was driving the vehicle. The security guard made contact with the male and observed a gun in the vehicle. The male ran away from the security guard, leaving the handgun inside the vehicle. The security guard called the police and gave a description of the male. As the male fled, he removed his outer clothing and left them behindA covert officer observed the same suspect walking through the Harbors Apartments and noticed that the suspect was not dressed appropriately for the cold weather.  The officer confronted the suspect at which time he began to flee on foot.  After a foot pursuit, the responding officers were able to apprehend the suspect at the Park Village Apartments.  It was later determined that the vehicle that the suspect was driving belong to the victim of the robbery and the handgun left inside the vehicle was the weapon used in the robbery.  The victim’s property was recovered and the suspect was placed in jail.  Great Job!!!!

Come Celebrate the Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center Grand Opening

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Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center

On Sunday November 23, 2014, the Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center, located at 5411 Bexar Street, will be celebrating a grand opening event. The Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center was completed in October 2014. It was funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Dallas. The center is considered an integral part of the Bexar Street Redevelopment Master Plan.

The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The event includes a DJ, bounce house, face painting, train rides for kids, Dickey’s Barbecue and more. Hope you can join the fun!

The center is home to the Southeast Patrol Division’s Community Engagement Unit commanded by Lieutenant Roy Alston.

We’re excited to celebrate the new Bexar Street Redevelopment Investment Center!

Policy Changes and Initiatives RE: Officer Involved Shootings

A Message from the Chief of Police

Throughout my 32 year career as a Dallas police officer, the citizens of Dallas have shown great trust and confidence in the Dallas Police Department. I understand that this trust is hard to earn, but easy to lose. My pledge is that we will continue to work as hard to maintain and improve citizens’ trust as we did to earn it. In an effort to increase transparency, officer accountability, and improve officer safety, I have directed the implementation of numerous policy changes and initiatives. A number of these changes came after an officer involved shooting in 2012 and include:

  • Notification of the FBI Civil Rights Office at the time of all officer involved shootings
  • Development of a foot pursuit policy
  • Implementation of a response to resistance report that documents officers’ use of force to overcome resistant suspects
  • Enhanced review of digital video recordings by a specialized unit
  • Improved consensual search policy to require written or video documentation that a citizen voluntarily consented to a search
  • Created a community engagement team with the Community Affairs Unit to respond to community concerns and manage programs that create community trust and engagement
  • Mandated that all officers receive Taser training and maintain their certification
  • Conducted reviews of departments under investigation or consent decree by the Justice Department to understand past failures and determine best practices in the management of officer involved shooting incidents

These changes also include how we communicate with our community, equipment upgrades and continued “use of force” training of the more than 3500 sworn members of the Dallas Police Department. I believe that these changes have and will continue to positively impact officer safety and improve public trust and confidence.

In order to build on public awareness, we have attached information regarding Officer Involved Shootings, Use of Force Policy, and additional policy changes and initiatives that has been implemented by the Dallas Police Department.