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Dash Cam Video Shows Dallas Police Tasing Black Family After They Called For Help

Sammie Anderson says she taught her four sons to trust DeSoto police and to stay out of trouble. They got to know officers based at their schools, and joined the Dallas suburb’s police ride-along program.

One evening in August, her two oldest boys, now in their 20s, got into a heated argument, with one picking up a tool and throwing it in his truck.

Anderson, fearing they might hurt each other, turned to the police.

“It was the worst decision I’ve ever made as a mom,’’ Anderson said.

The dispute was over by the time the DeSoto squad cars swept into their middle-class neighborhood.

But the cops jumped out with weapons drawn, the family and other witnesses told The Dallas Morning News. The police ordered everyone facedown on the ground to be handcuffed, and slammed Anderson to the pavement so hard she sprained her shoulder and ankle. And the officers repeatedly tased her 20-year-old son as he screamed, they said.

That account is now at the center of a brutality complaint that Anderson filed with the DeSoto Police Department against the six officers who responded Aug. 7.

The complaint contends that police falsely arrested two of Anderson’s sons on charges of interfering with officers and a third on suspicion of domestic violence.

The events that night raise questions about why officers stormed into a calm situation despite national police-training guidelines and new Texas mandates that call for cops to defuse tense situations instead of ramping them up.

DeSoto police Chief Joseph Costa said he believes his officers did nothing wrong. His department has declined to release footage recorded at the scene by officers’ dashboard and body cameras, citing ongoing investigations of the family and the incident.

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Dallas-area civil rights leaders want an outside investigation of the department.

“The treatment of this family is deeply troubling,’’ said the Rev. Peter Johnson, founder of the Institute for Non-Violence, who has spoken with the family and neighbors. “We’re talking brutality that goes beyond skin pigmentation. It involves a lack of training to de-escalate a crisis, as well as possible intimidation of a family.’’

Costa told The News that the department’s internal affairs office is reviewing Anderson’s complaint. But after examining the camera footage himself, he said he believes his officers followed department policy and training protocols.

The chief acknowledged that dashboard camera footage shows a quiet scene when police pulled up. “There was no physical altercation, no arguing,” he said. “Yes, it was calm.”

Still, he said, his officers needed to “take control’’ because a 911 caller had told the dispatcher that someone at the scene had a sledgehammer. Family members also appeared to resist officers’ orders to be handcuffed, Costa said.

The chief’s message to the family and the public is to “comply now, complain later,’’ he said. “If you comply now, most of the time, we’ll get it resolved without anyone getting hurt.’’

The six officers cited in the complaint — Courie Bryant, Patrick Krekel, Kendall McGill, Ryan Money, Bryan Scott-Lee and Larry Walker — didn’t respond to interview requests.

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Mike October 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

This is sad. We need to have our own police

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MPA 2000 December 28, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Say what? I remember when Black folks were asking for more Black cops. They got them and they were worse than the White cops. Now you think Blacks should have their own police force?

smh

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Donnie December 30, 2018 at 12:16 am

Yes indeed. White, Crazy , Racist, Bully Cops should stay the fuc out of the black community, period. Black cops are not going be kllling your kids, slamming your mama on the ground, tazing pregnant females like the white cops have been getting away with. Be Quiet.

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Mike December 30, 2018 at 10:48 pm Reply
Oc December 30, 2018 at 9:05 am

First order of business.Comply with the officers orders. They were combative from the start.Be quite ,don’t argue,you can not win against
them on the street.

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Meme January 8, 2019 at 10:44 pm

That would be fine if you didn’t see video after video of whites kicking, spitting, cursing, resisting and never been slammed on the ground, punched, or shot as they violently resist. Get outta here with that crap!

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Pamela Brock January 9, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Do you really believe that if you cooperate they won’t do anything? Show me some evidence of that. They have been trained how to handle situations. Everyone I’ve seen they have incited things and made mass confusion. Its hard not to arrest when yo have someone pulling and tugging at your body. Human instinct is going to kick in and you’re going to move a little bit. That doesn’t mean you’re resisting. If you ask a question, doesn’t mean you’re resisting. Why are we always taking up for their actions? This is ridiculous. Also, I haven’t seen any proof that African american police officers treat people worse than white police officers.

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Stephanie July 27, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Stop calling police to settle family dispute ,if there are no weapons.They dont mediate with us.They come into the situation intimidated ready for smoke.The mother then comes in trying to tell the cops how to handle her son,which made the situation worst.All that hollering and screaming,all of a sudden the family members are taking up for each other against the cops.

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Bobby October 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

This is why we kneel

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Miss B. October 7, 2018 at 6:46 am

Indeed, police our own and continue to kneel in protest against these crimes and the sanctioned criminals who commit them..

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Givens October 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm

The policw are a legal gang taught to justify any wrong they impose basically they r liars and the court system supports them do not call the police that is the worst thing u can do they are not thete to help

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Chaka July 8, 2019 at 12:47 am

Those were black police overseers, I mean officers.

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Bill S December 27, 2018 at 11:14 am

PIG Cops get dumber and dumber!

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C Jefferson Sr. December 27, 2018 at 7:28 pm

If they were a white family never would of happened like that. Cops are afraid of black people.

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Genesther Taylor December 28, 2018 at 3:06 am

They are not afraid of us. That fake feared for their lives gives them. Justification. Killing black and brown people are agenda items. The KKK infiltrated the police department heavily in the 1920’s. The redirection of the new order (kkk)

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Nanci00 December 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Between this crap and the outright murders and my personal reason to do a happy dance every time a cop bites the dust? Their bullying and cowardice shows up often as SADISM , which is hereditary, and that MANY of them were born with! PROOF: Cops creep into a situation that MIGHT be dangerous,, guns drawn, HOPING to shoot someone OR something, especially if it is a wagging tail coming forward out of curiosity in his OWN YARD, FAMILY DOG, and the cops get to watch and grin at the whole family sobbing and crying! Compare that to firefighters who run into danger hoping to SAVE someone or something.. yes even the terrified Put Bull in the corner of a burning room, and get gratification and pride to return him to his traumatized family!

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tracey January 2, 2019 at 12:24 am

black, white, blue, brown, green or yellow, if they are KKKops, I don’t trust none of them…. I wish they all would drop the frick dead….,.

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Fanchon Moore January 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

Black people in our communities need to learn to follow directions; stop talking so much; save your talking for court; work on healing our own communities from black on black crime. The police officer talking IS CORRECT; THE BLACK FAMILY TALKING IS WRONG. You, Black family, want to fight the police; but when a black criminal is released back into your own communities, you don’t question his presence because he is a black man. Then these criminals come back into the community and continue where they left off before incarceration: abusing the community. But it continues to be everybody’s fault but our fault. WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE! DEFINE OUR OWN ILLNESSES; HEAL OURSELVES; BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN COMMUNITIES; EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN; DEFINE OUR OWN DESTINY; QUIT BLAMING OTHERS. Do the work and demand better from our own communities to do better by EACH OTHER. The police departments has protocol; find out what that means for you and your community; research, study, READ A 📖; stop the GOSSIP; STOP PLAYING VICTIM; this is 2019, not 1965…that era is OVER. THIS IS YOUR ERA; WHAT WILL BE WRITTEN ABOUT YOUR GENERATION; WHAT WILL YOU CONTRIBUTE TO AMERICA’S BLACK HISTORY?

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Floydette January 10, 2019 at 9:00 am

Black folks with all that goes on with cops its time to learn to shutup comply video tape and take them to court. But shutup and comply u stand a better chance of staying alive. And to our Black males show your hands dont move until your instructed too do so you might stand a chance of staying alive just comply with the command!! Give yourself at least that 50% chance to live.

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Daniel January 17, 2019 at 12:17 am

there are cops in Buffalo that are Black and are trash, they will attack Blacks, but you never hear of them attacking White people, there is this one that I would love to see die and his name is Mark Vincent Johnson III, what a piece of crap he is

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NAKENYA G February 18, 2019 at 2:40 am

EVERYONE HAS A SUGGESTION FOR THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM BUT WHOS REALLY READY TO STAND AND FIGHT?? WE CAN SAY WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE “OH THEY NEED TO STOP TALKING OR HOLD UR HANDS IN SIGHT BE QUIET AND COMPLY” BUT THIS IS A WOMAN WHO TRIED TO CALL FOR HELP JUST TO SETTLE HER SONS DOWN BEFORE SOMETHING ELSE TRAGIC POSSIBLY HAPPENED WAS SHE WRONG FOR THAT?? WE WERE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL THAT THE POLICE ARE OUR FRIENDS CAN WE REALLY SAY THATS TRUE??? WE NEED ANOTHER HUEY P NEWTON ANOTHER MARTIN LUTHER ANOTHER MALCOLM X A LEADER WHOS NOT AFRAID…. WE NEED TO BAN TOGETHER AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. THESE LEADERS AND MANY MORE STOOD KNOWING THEIR LIVES WOULD BE SHORT LIVED BUT THEY STOOD AND DIED FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR HERITAGE.. ANYBODY ELSE WILLING? ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH?

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Greg May 24, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Fear is the lie they use to justify their brutality. Cops also know that fear is subjective and the one thing you cannot prove or disprove . . . therefore they can use it to get away with murder . . . that and planting toy guns after they shoot unarmed children (Baltimore Police).

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Jim Jonas May 28, 2019 at 4:44 pm

These police are not trained properly so they can’t shoot from a far distance just closed range so if we start getting in to shootouts we can take them out

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Chris July 7, 2019 at 11:00 am

I hate cops. But u gotta put down rabid muts

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