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Before Jordan Edwards, 8 times police videos showed the real story

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At first, the story went, police fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after the car he rode in aggressively backed toward Balch Springs officers.

But a day later, after watching police body-camera footage, Chief Jonathan Haber said the car was actually driving away from the cops when Officer Roy Oliver shot his rifle into the car of teenagers, striking Jordan in the head.

 

Oliver testified during the trial that he had “no other option” but to fire his rifle fives times because the car moved forward slightly. He said he feared the car would strike his partner. But prosecutors said he and his partner, Tyler Gross, were never in any danger. Gross also testified he wasn’t in danger.


Jurors had to decide what Oliver believed in the moment he pulled the trigger in making their decision.

After Jordan’s death, the police and the community both would have been better off if police hadn’t given in to public pressure for fast answers, said Alex Piquero, a criminology professor at the University of Texas at Dallas who studies police use of force.

“People want information as quick as possible. But sometimes speed is the enemy of correctness,” Piquero said. A change to the story “adds a cloud to the process.” Police should have watched the video before telling Oliver’s side of the story, Piquero said.

Haber, who fired Oliver for violating unnamed department policies, said that is exactly what he should have done. The department first got body cams in December 2014, something that Haber pushed for.

That’s “my inability to get all the facts like I should have,” Haber said last year. “That was solely on me. In a rush to get the information out, to be transparent … I missed a step.”

Here are eight other videos that shaped perspectives on police investigations.  

Warning: these videos include graphic images and language. 

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‘He just kept hitting me’: Black Woman punched in violent Deep Ellum attack speaks out

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According to WFAA DALLAS — A suspect in a violent assault captured on video in Deep Ellum has been identified as 30-year-old Austin Shuffield, according to an arrest warrant. 

Shuffield was charged with assault bodily injury, interfering with an emergency call and public intoxication. 

According to the arrest warrant, police were called at about 4:26 a.m. Wednesday to a disturbance in the 2800 block of Elm Street.

Upon their arrival, officers spoke to L’Daijohnique Lee who said a man confronted her about blocking a parking lot exit after she drove the wrong way down Elm Street to drop off friends at a hostel, the arrest warrant said. 

Lee, 24, who had been out in Deep Ellum with friends, told WFAA that she made a simple mistake.


“I knew I was on a one-way street but I was stopping literally at the corner to let my friend out,” Lee said. 

After Lee moved her vehicle into the lot, she said a man approached her car in an attempt to get a picture of her license plate, which is when she said she told him “to get back or else she would mace him,” the arrest warrant said.

Austin Shuffield.
Dallas County Sheriff’s Department

 

A witness recorded the entire event via phone and at one point you see the man, identified as Shuffield, pull out a gun during the confrontation.

He never points it at Lee or threatens her with it, however.

“I got scared, I was like ‘you have a gun?’ The first thing I thought to do was call the police,” Lee said.

Authorities wrote that Lee said she then went to call 911, which is when Shuffield can be seen in the video slapping a phone out of Lee’s hand and kicking it away from her.

Lee told police she feared for her life and went to slap Shuffield in an attempt to push him away.

At this point, Shuffield can be seen punching Lee as many as 5 times in the video, pushing her into a metal pole.

“He charged at me, and he just kept hitting me, and I was like ‘ok, ok, ok’,” Lee said.

“Watching that video literally makes me cry. All I could do was try and protect myself,” she said. “He literally sat there and beat me like a man.”

When police arrived, the video was handed over to officers for review and Shuffield was taken into custody at the scene. 

According to the arrest warrant, a .45 caliber Glock and knife were later found inside Shuffield’s vehicle.

A man identified on Facebook as Ricky Tan said he recorded the cellphone video.

In the comments of the video post, Tan said he didn’t attempt to stop the assault because the man was armed. 

Lee told WFAA that she is glad everything was recorded. 

“In reality, that recording really helped me because when the police showed up it would have been my word against his,” Lee said. 

Lee sustained minor injuries to the left side of her face but hasn’t gone to the hospital to be checked out just yet. 

She’s still trying to make sense of what happened. 

“It didn’t even have to go that far, I just keep thinking why?” she said. “It wasn’t that serious of a situation.” 

While this isn’t a case of domestic violence, we’d like to post a reminder that if you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, you can call the 1−800−799−7233 hotline to connect with experts, or visit thehotline.org

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Police Identify White Man Who Beat Black Woman For Blocking Parking Lot Exit

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According to DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) A brutal assault over parking in Deep Ellum caught on-camera lead to the arrest of a bartender named Austin Shuffield, according to an arrest warrant.

Witnesses watched in horror as Shuffield attacked the 24-year-old victim Wednesday night.

It all started, according to Dallas police, when the woman stopped after driving the wrong way down Elm Street. That’s when Shuffield, 30, got out of his truck to ask her to move out of his way because she was blocking the parking lot exit.

When he approached, a dispute followed, which witnesses saw and recorded.

The video shows Shuffield and the victim in the heated argument. At one point, Shuffield pulls out what appears to be a gun and holds it behind his back. After more words are exchanged, he smacks the woman’s cell phone out of her hand as she was dialing 911. She reacts by punching him.


Shuffield responds by reaching back, taking a boxer’s stance and punching her squarely in the jaw. The video shows Shuffield then hitting her violently four more times in the face and head.

The woman was crouched over, cradling her head as Shuffield beat her. Shuffield then kicks her cell phone violently on the ground.

Police were called an arrested Shuffield for aggravated assault causing injury, interference with an emergency call and public intoxication.

Owner of the High and Tight Barbershop and Speakeasy, Braxton Martin said Shuffield worked there as a bartender but was fired Thursday afternoon.

“From the video itself it shows an aggravated assault to our eyes. That is something needs to be dealt with quickly and swiftly and that’s what we’re trying to do and make sure it’s handled properly,” said Martin.

CBS 11 News cannot confirm who the victim is or how badly she was injured.
 
Other Deep Ellum businesses owners said Shuffield’s behavior — especially from someone who works there — is the last thing the neighborhood needs or wants.

 

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Meet Albert Black, candidate for Dallas mayor

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DALLAS — WFAA invited each of the nine candidates for Dallas mayor to answer the following questions to help inform voters before the May 4th election.

Here are Albert Black’s responses:

Occupation:

President – Chief Executive Officer of On-Target Supplies and Logistics, Ltd.

Education: 


•    University of Texas at Dallas: Bachelor’s Degree of General Studies with a focus on business and political science. 

 Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business: M.B.A.

How long have you lived in the city of Dallas?

All my life: I was born and raised and raised in the Frazier Courts housing projects in South Dallas, attended Dallas public schools, went to college and graduate school in Dallas and built my business in Dallas.

Why are you running for mayor?

I am running for mayor to build a better Dallas for all of us, rich or poor, male or female, black, brown or white – or any of the beautiful shades in between. Together, we can create more jobs, increase access to health care and create more opportunities for Dallas’ children. 

And none of this is possible if we don’t create more housing that is affordable to families and seniors. Together, we can revitalize our communities by giving people the tools to stay in their neighborhoods and not be pushed out by gentrification or neglect. Together, we can say to firefighters, teachers, nurses, police officers and all those who have been pushed out to the suburbs: “Come Home to Dallas.”

Prior political experience or civic leadership involvement?

When my wife started our company, we baked in community service as a core value. We created Ready To Work, our job-readiness program that has given more than 2,200 of our Dallas neighbors the skills they need to get and keep family-sustaining jobs.

I served as a Trustee and then Chairman of the Baylor Health Care System of Dallas – and helped bring the Baylor Diabetes Health & Wellness Institute to my childhood neighborhood in South Dallas, where three times as many residents were dying as a result of diabetes than anywhere else in America.

I currently serve as Chairman of the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor Scott and White Health. I have also served on the Advisory Board of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and as a Regent for Baylor University-Waco.

I’ve served as Chairman of the Dallas Housing Authority and as the first African-American Chairman of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.

As a businessman and community servant, I have supported many elected leaders. I’ve served as treasurer for Texas State Senator Royce West, Judge John Creuzot and Mayor Tom Leppert. This is my first run for elective office.

There are a lot of candidates in this race, why should voters choose you over someone else?

I respect my fellow candidates but none can match my record of creating opportunity and building bridges in Dallas.

As a child from the Frazier Court housing projects, I rose up to lead the Dallas Housing Authority and became a champion for safe, affordable housing for working families.

As the son of a Dallas hotel doorman, I built a business that last year provided more than 200 living-wage jobs and has opened doors for 2,200 more through an innovative job-readiness program. 

As part of a community at heightened risk of diabetes, I helped lead the effort to bring the Baylor Diabetes and Wellness Center to the neighborhood where I grew up.

I started my first business mowing lawns at age 10 – and went on to serve as chair of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Baylor Health System Board of Directors and countless other business and civic institutions.

As some in South Dallas say, I “made it North of the Trinity River.” Ever since, I’ve been building bridges to create opportunity for people on both sides of the Trinity and from all compass points in our city.

In your view, what are the three biggest challenges facing Dallas? Specifically, how do you plan to address them?

(1) We need a strong and dynamic economy that includes people at all compass points in Dallas and supports strong job creation and business growth at all levels – from the mom and pop shops that are the heart and soul of Dallas the large corporations that provide jobs for thousands. Investments in education and training are key to making sure that students who won’t get a college degree and adults displaced by automation and other forces beyond their control can obtain the skills they need to get the good-paying jobs of the future. The smart use of opportunity zones can provide incentives for investment.

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