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Congresswoman says police treatment of DeSoto family was ‘brutal’

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DeSOTO – U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson shook her head after watching the 44-minute dashcam video of a DeSoto police squad forcing a black family face down in the street to be handcuffed.

“That was brutal,’’ Johnson said of six officers’ heated response to a disturbance call in August that had calmed down before they arrived. “You’ve got to defuse and leave.’’

Johnson, whose district covers DeSoto and who has long pushed for ways to curb excessive police force, told The Dallas Morning Newsthat the video suggests the predominantly black Dallas suburb of 53,000 needs a citizen review board to examine police actions, as well as more training for its officers.

Her criticisms, shared in an interview with The News, are the first from a lawmaker since DeSoto officials released the footage following an investigation by The News this month. The mom, Sammie Anderson, filed a brutality complaint that also alleges the police falsely arrested her sons.

Warning: this video includes images of violence and strong language. It has been edited for length and clarity and to remove personal information such as birth dates.

 

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Dallas church hands out gift cards to church members now furloughed during shutdown

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DALLAS, Texas — The Concord Church in Dallas extended a helping hand to about 100 church members Sunday who are also federal employees and not working as the government remains shut down for the 23rd day. 

The government was officially shut down on December 22, 2018. 

The reason why is centered on President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexico border. 

More: The 5 longest government shutdowns in US history, explained

Trump wanted more than $5 billion to start construction of the wall, but he, Republican leadership, and Democrats can’t come to an agreement about those funds. 

Tough decisions are now staring thousands of families living paycheck to paycheck in the face. 

Over 800,000 employees have either been furloughed or must continue working without pay. 

A majority of employees received a final paycheck last Friday, but for most, it was only half of what they normally get paid. 

Senior Pastor Bryan Carter knows that. During a service this morning, he asked anyone in the church who is a federal employee or a family member of a federal employee to stand up. 

After that, he invited all those standing to the altar to be prayed over. 

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BEER BARON: Man steals five cases of beer from Arlington store

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 – Police are looking for a beer baron who stole several cases of beer from a convenience store.

Arlington PD tweeted pictures Wednesday of the man who stole five cases of Bud Light from a store in the 5000 block of Little School Road.

Police say the suspect got away in a gray Dodge truck.

Anyone who recognizes him is urged to call Det. Thompson at 817-459-6054 or email leonor.thompson@arlingtontx.gov.

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Botham Jean’s Parents Meet With Dallas County District Attorney

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The parents of the man killed in his own apartment by a now-former Dallas police officer met for around three hours with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson Tuesday for an update on the case.

Botham Jean was shot by off-duty officer Amber Guyger, who said she thought she was in her own apartment at the time and that Jean was a burglar.

Guyger shot Jean on Sept. 6, was charged with manslaughter Sept. 9 and fired Sept. 24.

District Attorney Faith Johnson has promised to conduct her own investigation and present the findings to a grand jury, which will decide what charges should go to trial.

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