Dallas Police Chief David Brown Slams Media Coverage of John Husband Shooting

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Chief Brown addresses the media
When 21-year-old John Husband was shot in the back around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday after a traffic stop turned ugly, everyone assumed the worst. Dallas police officer Leland Limbaugh pulled Husband over for not hitting his turn signal as he pulled into the Spring Ridge Apartments at 3600 Folklore Trail. The marijuana smoked that billowed from the car wasn't a sufficient reason to take Husband's life. Even Husband's attempt to run away, the ensuing stories implied, shouldn't have ended in bloodshed.

On Wednesday afternoon, Police Chief David Brown scolded reporters involved in the coverage of the shooting.

"The media coverage has been very irresponsible," he said, before harping that the investigation was still ongoing. "We have to be correct," he shot back at a defensive journalist who demanded why there wasn't more information made public. "We can't get in front of the story so you can get ratings or beat your competition."

Brown restated the events according to Officer Limbaugh, who didn't have a dashboard camera on his car. (Most police cruisers do; his didn't). When Limbaugh pulled over Husband, two other men, Xavier Bryant and Derek Epps, were also in the car. Limbaugh asked if there were any guns in the car, and Husband said no. When the officer went to pat down Husband, he immediately felt a pistol tucked into Husband's waistband.

Limbaugh grabbed Husband's hands, and the two started to grapple as the suspect struggled to escape. According to Limbaugh, Husband got one hand loose and reached for his own gun. That's when Limbaugh shot Husband in the back, through the shoulder. Husband staggered away a few steps, then collapsed.

John Husband
The police chief said there were several witnesses who saw some or all of the incident. Bryant and Epps watched from inside the car. One man and his eight-year-old nephew were throwing a football about 30 yards away in the parking lot, and at one point, the man's girlfriend came out as well. The key, according to Brown, was matching sworn witness accounts with physical evidence, audio and video from responding police officers and ballistics.

"We're trying to get people comfortable with coming forward," Brown said, before later adding emphatically, "There is no evidence that we have to contradict the officer's account. Not a shred of evidence at this point."

The most delicate part in all this, of course, is where race and community play into the incident. Brown made a point to say that Limbaugh is Mexican, not white, and also called out the media for fabricating community outrage at the shooting.

"You guys recorded two people in the community, Reverend Wright and Peter Johnson. Two people." Brown was born and raised in Dallas, in the community where the shooting happened. He said there was no outrage.

"In every police shooting, I'd say in the last decade, Reverend Wright has been front and center, angry and upset. And Peter Johnson's perspective, no disrespect to him, is from the 1960s. He's a civil rights activist," Brown said. He spoke a little more on the two, before changing the subject. "I'm trying to bite my tongue."

Brown said it could take over six months for police to transcribe audio, collect evidence and corroborate witness reports, and he asked for patience. Husband's family was still grieving and hungry for answers, he said, and was likely reading everything that came out on his death.

"The best thing we can do for his family is to be thorough," Brown said.

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Shawtythug_01
Shawtythug_01

I am trying to understand out of all pd cars why was his the only one that didnt have a camera in it.. It was other ways to go around the matter because he was not a violent person at all.. He would give his last justice will be served

Balack Obama
Balack Obama

Its time for blacky's revenge on brownies.

Paul
Paul

Does that have anything to do with paper by the ton?

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Are there any races that don't shoot blacks? Must all be racists right...

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

FINALLY!!! Someone is brave enough to call out the agitators---NOT activists, in the black community. Maybe if each and every time someone plays a race card--and someone stands up to what is esssentially bullying by accusation, things just might---just finally might move forward in Dallas .

Royce Williams
Royce Williams

A pertinent fact addressed by Chief Brown that was incorrectly reported by Greg Howard is "Brown said it could take over six months for police to transcribe audio, collect evidence and corroborate witness reports".  That is not what the Chief said, the reference to "could take over six months" came when Chief Brown described that after the results of the investigation were turned over to the DA, if the Grand Jury determined the shooting was unjustified, DPD would then conduct an investigation to determine if any policies were violated, and that could take as long as sixth months.

Royce Williams
Royce Williams

The lack of video equipment being installed in a patrol unit is something a street officer has no control over.  One of the pertinent issues addressed by Chief Brown is that the two knucklehead passengers riding with the deceased gave video recorded statements immediately after the shooting that tended to corroborate the account given by Officer Limbaugh.  The Chief brought to light that in later accounts by the two knuckleheads to the media, their story changed to indicate that Husband was handcuffed and fleeing when he was gunned down by a shot in the back, Chief Brown said DPD had unsuccessfully attempted to have the two passengers give a second sworn statement of their new story.   

Royce Williams
Royce Williams

Since the DO for what ever reason chose not to post a link so readers could hear for themselves what Chief Brown actually said, here it is  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vIAKoeBfBy4 .  Greg Howard left out some pertinent facts discussed by Chief Brown, see for yourself.  After watching the entire 38 minute clip, I say  good for you Chief Brown, that has to be one of the most artful and eloquent examples of a police administrator politely telling the media that too many of them are race baiting idiot liars who care more about scooping a negative story with false accusations against a police officer than learning the facts that would enable truthful and unbiased news reporting.  I was quite disappointed to see that rookie DO reporter Eric Nicholson took the low road with his "SHOT IN THE BACK" slanted story.  So far I am not impressed with his attempts to fill Wilonsky's shoes.

Montemalone
Montemalone

My 2 cents. Husband deserved what he got. Marijuana should be legal. That is all.

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