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Arlington police killed Tavis Crane for ‘no lawful reason,’ family’s lawsuit says

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According to Star-Telegram The family of a 23-year-old man who was shot during a traffic stop and pronounced dead at the hospital has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court seeking damages from the city of Arlington.

About two years ago, Tavis Crane, his daughter and several passengers were stopped in the 1700 block of Spring Lake Drive by Elise Bowden, an Arlington officer, who later noticed the driver had warrants out for his arrest, according to Arlington police.

Bowden called for backup and two additional units responded.

When the officers approached Crane to arrest him, he refused to comply and put his car in reverse, hitting Bowden and slamming into her patrol car, police said. To get the suspect to stop, one of the backup officers got into Crane’s car from the rear passenger door and shot him, according to a police report.

As Crane pulled forward, he again ran over the female officer who was on the ground, as he tried to flee. His car pulled ahead and came to a stop after rounding a curve at the end of the road, police said.


The lawsuit, filed in January, recounts a different set of facts, however, saying that Craig Roper, an Arlington police officer named as a party in the lawsuit, jumped in the back seat of the vehicle with his weapon drawn and shot Crane as he tried to turn off the vehicle’s ignition.

The vehicle did not go into reverse until after Roper shot Crane, according to the lawsuit.

“Once Roper shot Crane for no lawful reason, Crane was no longer in control of the vehicle, did not have the ability to operate the vehicle nor would he have been aware that Bowden was walking behind the vehicle,” the lawsuit states.

“The officer hit the gear shift after Crane was shot,” said Daryl Washington, the attorney representing the family. “You can hear the gunshot before the car moves. Clearly, the officer caused this. He should have never jumped in the back seat.”

Roper’s moving the gear shift caused the vehicle to go in reverse, Washington said. As the car rolled forward, Roper shot Crane a second time, the lawsuit states.

Washington said there was never probable cause to stop Crane’s car, a white 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, in the first place.

Officers tried to help the suspect before he was taken to Arlington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:31 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website.

Two other adults and a toddler in the suspect’s car were not injured in the incident. Bowden recovered from her injuries after being treated at John Peter Smith Hospital for several broken bones.

In addition to recovering damages for the family, the lawsuit seeks to recover damages for the two adult witnesses for mental anguish and severe emotional distress from being in the line of fire during the shooting, according to the lawsuit.

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Transgender Woman Muhlaysia Booker Found Dead In East Dallas

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Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, who was at the center of a viral video where she was beaten near an apartment complex, was found fatally shot in east Dallas early Saturday morning, police confirmed.

Police responded to the shooting call in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive at around 6:40 a.m near the Tenison Park Golf Course. She was found dead from a gunshot wound.

In a press conference on Sunday, police identified the woman as Booker. Police do not have any suspects at this time.

Booker was at the center of a video last month where she was seen being brutally attacked outside the Royal Crest Apartments on Wilhurt Avenue in south Dallas.

Police made one arrest in the assault case. Edward Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.


Police do not know of any connections between Booker’s death and the assault.

During Sunday’s press conference, Dallas police talked about the violent month the city appears to be experiencing. They said there have been 23 homicides in May and have solved 18 of them.

“It is the DPD policy that we actively pursue murder suspects. We as a department hold human life dearly and precious as should everybody but we recognize not everybody does. So speaking directly to them – I want you to know that the DPD has never tolerated murder and we never will so understand that we will actively, aggressively pursue you. We need the help of the community and that will be our directive,” Assistant Chief Avery Moore said.

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Police Searching For Man Suspected Of Fatal Shooting 28-Year-Old In South Dallas

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Police are searching for a man who they believe shot and killed a 28-year-old at a south Dallas apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they responded to the shooting at the Highland Park Apartments on Highland Hills Drive at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found Raymond Dupree in his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Through the investigation, police believe that 37-year-old Malcolm Bussey is responsible for Dupree’s death. Police say Bussey fled the scene of the shooting in a light-colored Grand Marquis.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 214.671.3684 or Crime Stoppers at 214.373.8477.


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Community Activist Dominique Alexander Arrested on Alleged Domestic Violence

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Update:  According to CBSDFW Dallas civil rights activist Dominique Alexander has been arrested as police investigate two allegations of domestic violence against him.

Police say a person who has not been identified reported the two allegations of family violence on Wednesday that involved the activist. He was arrested late Thursday afternoon and booked into the Dallas County Jail.

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The Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit is investigating a complaint made against community activist Dominique Alexander, DPD confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Alexander’s girl friend called Dallas activist and pastor Jeff Hood after the alleged assault. The pair then went to the hospital before filing a report at the Northwest Dallas Police substation.


“When I got to (the victim) last night, she was experiencing back pain — upper disk pain — she had bruising on her forehead. She had scrapes and bruising on her arm, her finger was swollen and one of her toes was broken,” Hood said.

Alexander, admitted that he’d been in a domestic argument but denied punching anyone during the incident.

“I did not in no way, form or fashion ball my fist or kick or hit her in any kind of way.” — Dominique Alexander

“I did not in no way, form or fashion ball my fist or kick or hit her in any kind of way,” Alexander told the Observer on Wednesday. “I believe that, if that was the case and there was truth and evidence that I would be in jail right now.”

Alexander say’s Hood is taking advantage of what he called a private matter.

“As a fellow activist, I find it very alarming that Jeff Hood decided to exploit my private life in a way without even communicating with me regarding it,” Alexander said. “I find it very deceiving and very misleading. I feel like this is a private matter that has two sides of every story.”

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