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Dallas PD investigating officers for shooting mentally challenged man

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The Dallas Police Department has launched an investigation into its own officers for shooting and wounding a mentally challenged man who had a knife.

It happened on Monday night in a cul-de-sac on Crimnson Court in southeast Dallas.

The officers tell one story.  However, a neighborhood security camera that caught the entire incident seems to tell a different story.

Joyce Jackson said her 52-year-old son Bobby Bennett suffers from schizophrenia. She called police for help after he got agitated and pulled a swivel chair into the cul-de-sac with a pocket knife. She feared he might hurt himself.

The surveillance video shows Bennett backing his swivel chair away from the approaching officers. His arms appear to be at his side. But the police report states Bennett lunged at the officers so one opened fire.

"Officers drew their weapons. They told him to freeze or something of that nature, ordered him to drop the weapon or something of that nature and he just froze. He didn't move an inch. As you can see in the video they just opened fire," said Maurice Bunch, who owns the surveillance video.

"They're lying. They're covering up again. Once again with the Dallas police they're covering up with lies and lies and more lies," Jackson said.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown released a written statement late Thursday stating Officer Cardan Spencer is on indefinite administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.

DPD will send the report of the investigation to the Dallas District Attorney's Office when it is complete.

It is unclear how long the investigation will take or how long Officer Cardan will be on administrative leave.

Chief Brown announced Friday afternoon the aggravated assault charges against Bennett will be dropped so Bennett's family can visit him in the hospital.

Bennett's family has hired a lawyer and Jackson said she wants justice for her son who lies in ICU in serious condition.

 
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