Dallas police probe shooting of mentally ill man
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police are dropping the charge against a mentally ill man shot by an officer in a disputed incident caught on surveillance video.
Police Chief David Brown said in a statement today that he’s ordered that police drop the aggravated assault case against Bobby Gerald Bennett. Barnett remains hospitalized after being shot by an officer Monday.
An officer wrote in a police report that the 52-year-old Bennett threatened him and another officer with a knife. But video captured by a neighbor’s camera shows Bennett didn’t appear to move at all until he crumples to the ground from a gunshot.
Bennett’s mother, Joyce Jackson, says her son suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The officer remains on indefinite administrative leave pending a criminal investigation announced after the video was publicized.