Mother Can't File Complaint Against DPD for Her Son's Death Because She Doesn't Live in Dallas

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Clinton Allen
Ever since 25-year-old Clinton Allen was shot and killed by Officer Clark Staller, Allen's family has been calling for action against the officer and the Dallas Police Department. Collette Flanagan, Allen's mother, filed an ethics complaint against police Chief David Brown claiming that DPD never informed the FBI about Allen's death. It's been DPD policy to alert the FBI civil rights office about any and all officer shootings since the shooting death of James Harper late last year.

But this morning a preliminary panel of the Dallas Ethics Advisory Commission dismissed the complaint. Not because both DPD and the FBI confirm that the department does in fact report all officer-related shootings, but because Flanagan isn't technically a Dallas resident. She lives in DeSoto, and the regulations for ethics complaints require that the person filing the complaint either live in Dallas or have some business dealings there.

"That's the jurisdictional requirement for filing an ethics complaint," says City Attorney Tom Perkins.

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So Flanagan has no grounds to bring an ethics complaint, despite the fact that the incident happened in Dallas and involved a DPD officer. The FBI has confirmed that DPD has indeed been contacting them about officer shootings, Allen's included.

The incident happened at an apartment complex in March, where police say Allen was threatening his girlfriend before trying to choke Staller. He shot Allen multiple times. Staller is currently working a desk job.

But Flanagan is undeterred and intends to continue fighting. "I told them from day one: This is my only son," she told the Morning News. "I'm not going away."

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oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

She lives in DeSoto, and the regulations for ethics complaints require that the person filing the complaint either live in Dallas or have some business dealings there. 

So will suing the city for wrongful death count as business dealings the city ?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Another Dallas Blue omerta, chicken shit, cya, avoid responsibility loophole.

But don't get me wrong; I'm not bitter.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@holmantx Apparently so ? The findings/facts  aren't going to change her feelings Still it is better to air it out .

And I say that  knowing  how quick some of the trouble making little Shits in my own neighbor hood who  in death suddenly become individuals  on their way to becoming Doctors,Scientist and with their passing  the world will be missing  wonderful human beings. .


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@oakclifftownie one would think having her son shot in Dallas counts as a business dealing in the city.  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@oakclifftownie @holmantx 

And maybe so.

But he jumped the rail, choked a cop, and had a history of violence against women.

He crossed the line.

cawnlu
cawnlu

Her son apparently had dealings in Dallas...she does not.

cawnlu
cawnlu

Seems that they have made those facts clear. That is how we know the facts of this case. Facts do not matter to the mother in this case....just the fact that her son is dead. I'm sure she wasn't interested in the "fact" that her son was a career criminal and drug abuser until there was money to be made in his death.

cawnlu
cawnlu

I guess this ruling means that you would be wrong in that case. She can file a lawsuit, but an ethics complaint is off the table. End of story.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@cawnlu excuse me, but if a Dallas cop shot my kid in dallas, I most certainly do have business with them, regardless of what caused them to shoot my kid

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