Skip to comments.Video shows Dallas officer shooting man standing with arms at his side
Posted on 10/17/2013 11:13:56 PM PDT by Arthurio
RYLIE Family and friends of a mentally ill Rylie man want answers after a Dallas police officer shot him for no apparent reason Monday in broad daylight outside his home.
A police report says that Officer Cardan Spencer fired on Bobby Gerald Bennett, 52, after Bennett walked toward him and his partner with a knife raised in an aggressive manner.
But a neighbors video surveillance camera recording obtained by WFAA-TV (Channel 8) shows something different: It shows Bennett, who was seated in a chair, initially rolling back from officers as they advance on him. Bennett then stands up but does not move. His hands remain at his side and he is standing still when Spencer shoots him, firing his service weapon four times.
Bennett remained in the intensive care unit of a Dallas hospital Thursday after being shot in the abdomen.
His mother, who had called police to help her son, now wishes she had never done so.
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There was no dog around....
Sorry. This is horrific. Do I even need to say so?
Yes, you do. There will be jackboot lickers who will come on here to defend the "officer." Count on it.
These death squads, which were relegated to third world nations at one time, are now becoming more common in America.
That neighbor must be in fear for his life
I just wonder how this increases their revenue.
I have no idea
No wonder the cops never want to be taped. This will end with a tax payers coughing up millions in lawsuit. The police need to be personally & financially liable for things to change...
Astoundingly easy for police to falsify their version. The tape clearly shows the police as the aggressors, escalating things immediately with their cocky attitude and the report stating he approached them while wielding a knife was a bald-faced lie.
Man, I used to be so pro-cop and generally am, but the bad examples are just becoming more frequent.
This is disgusting.
It also shows that the mentally ill belong institutionalized, not out in society. The commie libs really screwed things by saying that the mentally ill would be fine on their own in society instead of cared for in an institution.
All civil “servants” and even elected officials must feel it personality when they make such horrific “mistakes”.
Those cops need to be shot. Seriously, it’s gotten that bad in this country. No more Andy Griffith as the peaceful cop in Mayberry; it’s cops gunning down defenseless people and then making lies about what happened. You can not trust cops to do the right thing. Scary times.
I don’t want millions paid off in a lawsuit. I want the shooting cop to go to prison on attempted murder charges.
If I was taped shooting someone in those exact circumstances, I would go to jail. If I pulled up to a guy seated in a chair, leaped out of my car and escalated him confrontationally, then shot him while he was standing still, I would go to jail.
Not if you aim accurately.
Then they won't feel a thing, as their brains are sprayed into the surroundings.
But his arms were hanging at his sides in an aggressive manner. Aggressive arm hanging is far more dangerous than aggressive standing still. And that falling down after being shot? Maybe he fell toward the police?
Saves on the expenses. Shooting him immediately helps prevent overtime.
2nd degree murder.
Cops need routine psychological testing. It is routine for one to take the College Boards SAT test to enter college. The cost for the test is $51. One should be able to test for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. And, you don’t want an officer suffering from schizophrenia where there is the chance of hallucinating things that are not real. We can’t allow sick nuts behind a trigger or a club.
Take yer pick.
You forgot drug testing, especially for anabolic steroids.
I understand your comments about being formerly pro cop. I was at one time as well.
Unfortunately, I have to wonder if cops have changed, or if technology has changed. I would guess the latter, not the former. Today, cameras are everywhere. So have cops changed, or are they just getting caught? I suspect that power will always corrupt people. The best defense is daylight and accountability. We are doing a pretty good job at daylight, but accountability is still very weak.
But the best lesson is to never, never, call the cops unless it involves dire dire need, or an insurance claim. Even that you have to really think about.
Damn... Just... damn...
I like that psychology better.
Yep, I wonder how much worse was going on before their were video machines all over the place. I am not apt to be on a jury, but if I were, I doubt I would place any weight on police testimony.
Police do not cross “the thin blue line” when it comes to defending each others’ actions.
“Man, I used to be so pro-cop and generally am, but the bad examples are just becoming more frequent.”
A lot of people supported cops when they protected and served. Once it became politically incorrect to enforce laws (and cops started losing their badges and pensions for doing so), they just became revenue agents and lost public support. Too many people have stories of BS parking tickets and such nowadays...
>> His mother, who had called police to help her son, now wishes she had never done so.
Not the first time that has happened.
Shows the shooter was more concerned about picking up his brass than of the condition of the victim.
At least his cop buddy went over and poked him to see if the wounded still had any will to resist left. Didn't see them immediately pausing calling for emergency medical help. Didn't see the partner yelling at the shooter "What the *@!## are you doing!" Duh.
Put them both in jail immediately, one as the wannabe killer and the other as his accomplice. Take their badges away forever, and summarily try them.
what sucks is that it sours people on all cops because you can’t know if this kind of asshat is behind the badge, or not, until it’s too damn late.
As for the picking up of the brass it looks to be a CYA move to make reconstruction of the shooting scene to make it more difficult for a internal affairs investigator. The investigation would be forced to exclusively rely on the officers testimony which would support the idea the suspect acted aggressively.
They never counted on the camera to paint a different picture.
The two police officers will be in prison within a year. There’s no good reason for what was done.
Most police depts do perform psychological testing, to ensure the applicant is the kind of person they want on their force. You are seeing the effect of that testing.
Do not assume that the kind of person THEY want is the kind of person YOU want them to have.
It is quite the Bizarro World when people are selected for the police force like one selects dogs for dog fights.
The officer(s) wrote in their report that the person came at them threateningly with a knife. I really didn’t see anything that looked threatening, especially given the distance between them (way over what I’d say is ‘lunge’ distance). Four times in the gut?
The other thing that belies both officers’ accounts is the obvious slow calm each displayed after they had ‘taken down’ the knife-wielder. To me, this was nothing more than premeditated execution. Dallas will be paying heavily for this as they rightly should.
>>His mother, who had called police to help her son, now wishes she had never done so.
Thus again validating the truism “There are few situations so bad they cannot be made worse by the addition of a cop.”
That is extremely disturbing. Seems too many LEOs show up wanting to shoot.
Good lord....how can anyone defend that?
He was standing there like a bowling pin and they shot him down.
These cops should fry.
Understood. But the city’s insurers will also have a say as to the costs of insuring it.
Regardless, it is up to the voters to install the proper overseers of the department and to keep murderers off the force. Due citizen diligence.
I’d wager a large percentage of cops have anti-personality disorder.
Oops...anti-social personality disorder.
Today, cameras are everywhere.
Youd think the police would know that.
If these officers are unionized as they are in Denver, the union will defend them, guilty or not, to ends of the earth if the city tries to fire them. My thoughts have been that in cases where damages are to be paid, police unions should also bear financial responsibility
It’s the 99% of bad cops that give the 1%of good cops a bad name.
That video is nothing short of an execution.
Not too easy to see on the video, but wasn’t the shooter a holderperson?