Dallas chief fires officer over shooting of mentally ill man


Tristan Hallman and Tanya Eiserer
Dallas Morning News
October 25, 2013

The officer who was seen on a surveillance video shooting a mentally ill man as he stood still was fired Thursday by Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

At a news conference, Brown announced Officer Cardan Spencer had been charged with aggravated assault in the Oct. 14 shooting of Bobby Gerald Bennett.

But the chief spoke prematurely because a district judge declined to sign a warrant for Spencer’s arrest. Instead, the judge directed detectives to refer the case to a grand jury — a lengthy process that is customary in police shootings.

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