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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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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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Two Lamar High School Juniors Killed in a Car Crash

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Two Arlington Lamar High School students and one of their mothers were killed in a crash in East Texas early Tuesday morning, authorities say.

Faith Whittaker and Jessica Brown, both 16, were riding in a Jeep Renegade driven by 36-year-old Chelsey Brewer when the car drifted off the roadway and crashed into a parked tractor-trailer in Lindale about 4:20 a.m. Monday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, which was legally parked, was sleeping in the cab at the time and was not injured, DPS said.

Brewer was Whittaker’s mother and the two girls were cousins. The three were returning from a weekend trip to visit other family members in Mississippi, friends said.

In a tweet, Lamar High School said students Faith Whittaker and Jessica Brown “will be missed tremendously.”

 

Whittaker was involved in sports medicine and Brown, culinary arts.

Both girls were trainers for the school’s basketball team.

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