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Dallas Chief to Fully Investigate Shooting Death of Unarmed Man

Dallas Chief to Fully Investigate Shooting Death of Unarmed Man

Police Chief David Brown [AP]

Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

November 02, 2010

Dallas Police Chief David Brown on Monday promised a full investigation into a police shooting that left an unarmed man dead and led some community activists to allege that the killing was racially motivated.

An 11-year-old boy was also grazed by a bullet in the shooting at an east Oak Cliff apartment complex. His injuries were not serious.

“I will ensure that a complete and thorough investigation is done, and I encourage any and all witnesses to come forward and give detectives a sworn affidavit,” Brown said.

Brown’s written statement came on the same day community activists alleged publicly that the officer who shot 25-year-old Tobias Arthur Mackey to death Friday night at the Cedar Garden apartments may have done so because Mackey is black. Officer Matthew Tate, who fired the deadly shots, and Sgt. Kenneth Chapin, who was with Tate, are both white.

“They’ve got to stop killing African American men, unjustly,” said the Rev. Ronald Wright of Justice Seekers Texas, a civil rights organization based in Oak Cliff. “We want the police to police. The biggest gang problem right now in Dallas is not gangs, it’s the Police Department, and that’s scary.”

Police say Tate, Chapin and three other officers were on foot patrol in the crime-ridden complex in the 3800 block of Bonnie View Road near East Illinois Avenue on Friday night in response to community complaints about crime.

As Tate and Chapin approached a breezeway, they were confronted by Mackey, according to police. He concealed his hands and ignored the officers’ instructions to show his hands, police said. He also made sudden movements, prompting Tate to fire at least four times, according to witnesses.

A stray bullet hit 11-year-old Xavion Collins, who was walking through the complex to buy a soda. The boy was treated for an arm wound and released, police said.

Police believe the deadly encounter lasted just a few seconds.

The Dallas police Special Investigations Unit is investigating the case, which will be referred to the Dallas County district attorney’s office. Tate remains on administrative leave.

Police said in a written statement Monday evening that they had met with relatives of Mackey and Xavion “to discuss the status of the case with them and gave those family members in attendance the opportunity to provide additional information as well, including the identities of other potential witnesses.”

At a news conference earlier Monday in southern Dallas attended by other Mackey relatives, some community activists suggested the shooting is part of a larger systemic issue.

Asked specifically whether he thought the shooting was racially motivated, the Rev. Peter Johnson, a Dallas civil rights activist, said, “We have to face up to the problem of bigotry in the hearts of white people in Dallas.”

“Stop ducking this, acting like they’re shooting for some other reason,” Johnson said. “The fact that they don’t shoot white boys ought to let you know.”

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, whose City Council district includes the site of the shooting, said in an interview, “Race has nothing to do with this at all.”

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  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    As Councilman Caraway states it ain't about race. There will be a full investigation. Chief Brown will handle it fairly and justly. Not everyone will like the answer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    There is nothing racist about it. Statistically, areas of predominantly black population have a higher crime rate. Statistically, police officers are more likely to be of a race other than black. Therefore, it is more likely that a black offender will encounter a white police officer than otherwise. That's not racist, it's fact. Maybe if the people screaming "racism" would clean up their neighborhoods and teach their children right and wrong and respect for the law (not fear of the police but respect for the law in general), they wouldn't have to worry about whether or not a black criminal gets shot by a white police officer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    This is a VERY, VERY, VERY bad and crime ridden part of Dallas. Dallas has serious serious problems, but not with their PD. Its the very racist city council, and all the supposedly REVERENDS and GOD FEARING PEOPLE that stir up crap whenever police are involved in something.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He was asked to show his hands. When I ask to see hands I don't care if they white, black, or green. I want to see your damn hands. Its real simple Rev. Johnson. All they have to do is listen and follow the instructions. Stop playing the race card.

  • Ph-new-car_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "The biggest gang problem right now in Dallas, is not gangs, it's the police department and that's scary" Are you kidding me? what kind of moron makes a statement like that? I tell you what then, next time you are being robbed or beaten have your followers call a blood or crip to come help you out since they evidently aren't the problem! Sometimes it's difficult to go put your life on the line every day for people who do not appreciate you in the least and always assume you're doing wrong and want you destroyed for it. I hope these officers are cleared quickly and the activists are shut up. It's always about race.....that's the only card they have and it's worn out.

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is the kind of crap that makes me wonder about my career choice! Bumps to both Robo and HeySarge

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Amen Robcop_33

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Bumo Robocop.

  • Shield_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Thank God im retired. I prayers go out to the officers and thier familys, because they will be put through the ringer. THEY DONT DESERVE THAT AT ALL. They put themselfs at risk 24 hours a day and what do they get. Your a racist, and give me your guns. Now answer the phones till the District Attorney's Office decides to prosicute you. Wow Thanks.

  • Me2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    always gotta go racial. just tell more white people to start getting shot to balance it out...

  • Dallaspolice_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Hands down one of the worst apartments complexes in the City of Dallas known for drugs and gang related violence. Those officers were performing a routine walk through of the complex and walked up on the "victim", who was hanging out in a breezeway with several other people, which is consistent with gambling and narcotics activity. They gave him a lawful order and he refused making a threatening gesture, causing the OIS. RACE WAS NOT A FACTOR!!!! 89% of that division is black police officers!

  • 100_1316_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    bump robocop as well

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Do what your ordered to do by police!!! Officer's state of mine should determine the outcome black, white, green or blue!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Let black officers patrol black neighborhoods and white officers patrol white neighborhoods. See if anything changes. Of course everyone will then cry segregation based on race yet again. If these statements were true that white officers just want to kill black men, why are there not 20 killings a night in Dallas? People tend to stereotype because people tend to act so stereotypically. More crime in poor, run down ghetto neighborhoods. Just a fact.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Take race away from this. Assume the suspect was white. Assume he had violent encounters with LEOs in the past and threatened people in the past with a gun. Assume he failed to comply with LEOs on this nght and would not show his hands or possiblly made some furtive movement to his waistband. Would the fact that he was white prevent the LEOs from protecting their lives from a perceived threat? I think not. So to the "good" reverend and all the community activist I respectfully say SHOVE IT.

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