Stroke Victim and Son, Arrested by DPD in March, File Federal Suit Against City of Dallas
But that was not the case. Far from it: Twenty years earlier, Dianne Irons suffered a stroke that impaired her speech and made it difficult for her to walk. She tried to explain this to Moore; Irons begged the officer to let her call her son, Ben, who tried, without success, to convince police of his mother's condition. He drove to his mom's house, wife and kids in tow, with medical records. But Moore wasn't having it: She arrested Ben too, and according to court records, Ben told his wife to go and to take the kids while he sat handcuffed for two hours in the back seat of a police car before being released. His mother wasn't so fortunate: Dianne Irons spent six hours in the drunk tank and was issued a $394 ticket.
In early March, Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Assistant Chief Vince Golbeck went to Irons's house to apologize. Golbeck left saying, "Bless her heart, you can't help but feel for her and what happened to her in that situation. We let her know that we care and that we would do better next time." In a statement from Brown, issued March 4, he said, "The Department regrets that we did not recognize Ms. Irons' medical condition."
But yesterday, Dianne and Ben Irons filed a federal suit against the city of Dallas and Officer Moore for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment. The suit also says Moore humiliated the mother and son, and that the DPD was negligent in its training. The suit follows. The Irons's attorney is Ray Jackson, best known as Don Hill's lawyer. Irons V. DPD