The Mother of a Bicyclist Run Over by Cop Car is Suing Dallas Police

FredBradford.jpeg
Singing Hills Funeral Home
The only crime Dallas police saw Fred Bradford Jr. commit when they came upon him on the night of April 21 was failure to wear a bike helmet. But, judging by the way he lurked next to the black sedan parked in the alley behind Kwick Stop Liquor in South Dallas, they suspected he might have something more felonious in mind.

Those suspicions seemed justified when the 51-year-old Bradford, spotting the blue-and-red flash of lights, began pedaling away despite shouted orders to stop. One of the police officers, Michael Puckett, gave chase on foot. The other, Bryan Burgess, followed in the squad car.

That decision turned out to be fatal. After tailing him for a couple of blocks, onto the southbound service road of Julius Schepps Freeway and onto a grassy median, the cop car hit the bike, crushing Bradford beneath its wheels. Bradford was taken to Baylor where he died three weeks later from damage to his ribs, lungs, back and internal organs.

See also

-A Dallas Cop Is on Leave After Fatally Striking a Fleeing Cyclist During Low-Speed Car Chase

The chase itself was a violation of DPD policy, which allows vehicular pursuits only when there is probable cause to believe a violent felony has been or will be committed, but its tragic end has all the hallmarks of being an accident.

Not so, argues Virginia Bradford, Bradford's mother. In a lawsuit filed last week in Dallas County, she says that Burgess deliberately ran down her son with a sense of malice that "shocks the conscience."

Her legal claim goes a bit deeper than that, of course. She's suing Burgess for "unconstitutional seizure and the unconstitutional use of excessive and deadly force." She suing Puckett for failing to stop his partner from the chase. She's suing DPD and Chief David Brown for hiring somebody who would run over a bicyclist and for failing to train their officers not to do that. She also claims that Dallas police, despite their written rule to the contrary, have a de facto policy encouraging officers to chase bicyclists in their cars without probable cause.

Virginia Bradford is asking the court to award at least $1 million, though she'd probably settle for having her son back.

My Voice Nation Help
16 comments
GWizmo
GWizmo

Brown fired four other employees, including Officer Bryan Burgess, who is accused of running over a suspect on a bike, moving the body, and then lying about it — saying the victim ran into his squad car.

Chief Brown said the only reason they found out the truth is because Burgess' partner recorded a conversation.

"This recording revealed that Officer Burgess made false statements regarding the case," the chief said.

Officer Burgess was arrested and charged with negligent homicide; his partner, Michael Puckett, was also fired.

Chief Brown said the internal investigation into the domestic violence detectives took longer because they were focusing on prosecuting the cases that could still be tired instead of focusing on the discipline of the officers.

Brown has also asked the FBI to conduct a civil rights violation investigation into officer Burgess' actions.
http://www.wfaa.com/news/Dallas-detectives-who-failed-to-investigate-domestic-abuse-cases-fired-220431701.html

GWizmo
GWizmo

Brown fired four other employees, including Officer Bryan Burgess, who is accused of running over a suspect on a bike, moving the body, and then lying about it — saying the victim ran into his squad car.

Chief Brown said the only reason they found out the truth is because Burgess' partner recorded a conversation.

"This recording revealed that Officer Burgess made false statements regarding the case," the chief said.

Officer Burgess was arrested and charged with negligent homicide; his partner, Michael Puckett, was also fired.

Chief Brown said the internal investigation into the domestic violence detectives took longer because they were focusing on prosecuting the cases that could still be tired instead of focusing on the discipline of the officers.

Brown has also asked the FBI to conduct a civil rights violation investigation into officer Burgess' actions.
http://www.wfaa.com/news/Dallas-detectives-who-failed-to-investigate-domestic-abuse-cases-fired-220431701.html

smn2013
smn2013

First of all, Fred was not on drugs or stoned!!!!! And no matter what assholes, no one deserves to be ran over and killed; rather purposely or accidentally.  I hope one day God don't make you eat your words!!!!!!!  If you don't know all of the facts, you need to keep your mouth shut!!!!!!!!  Better yet, I will be praying that God have mercy on your soul, because no good decent person would ever think that ANYONE deserves to be ran over and killed; regardless of their state of mind.



gwizmo
gwizmo

Any updates on the autopsy/investigation?

gwizmo
gwizmo

Pursuit policy -  "... probable cause to believe a violent felony  ..."
Dash camera just happened to be malfunctioning.
The driver of the squad car was
No such probable cause. Just a 51-year old black man riding a bicycle stopping for a rest.
Fred had NO alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of the incident and he has NO criminal history!!
Officer Bryan Burgess has been placed on administrative leave ONLY AFTER Bradford's death!!
How else can justice be gained when you can no longer trust law enforcement to do what is right and true. How would you seek justice if it were a member of your family?

Guesty
Guesty

"The chase itself was a violation of DPD policy, which allows vehicular pursuits only when there is probable cause to believe a violent felony has been or will be committed,"

Can we get confirmation of this?  My understanding is that the policy only prohibits "pursuits" beyond the speed limit unless there is probable cause to believe a violent felony has been or will be committed.  I thought it allowed the police to follow a suspect at or below the speed limit for any violation.  Otherwise, the police would be prohibited from stopping cars for traffic violations (they almost always have to follow the car for some distance), etc.  

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Just another badge gets out of jail free, rather than held to a higher standard. 'Violation of pursuit policy', but they skate. Sad, and criminal.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

Another ***** looking for a payday off the death of a relative. Wonder what the test results would have been if they had did a drug screen on him.

ginger4v
ginger4v

No drugs or alcohol you say?? I think this dude killed his self. Yup. Then why would he leave? It is what it is. Leave the office alone.

ginger4v
ginger4v

Your am idiot! You really think police get away from crap like this? Look how many Chief Brown fired last year. Do your homework knuckle head.

veaseylover
veaseylover

@unclescrappy  Yeah, because he somehow deserved this brutality because he fled cops. Looking at the results of most encounters with the good ole boys, I can see why he fled. And I can see that you are an idiot.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

dam right. if he was stoned, the cops had every right to run over his ass with a car.

gwizmo
gwizmo

@ginger4v "...you say??"
No, the news reports say. The news reports also say the dash cam malfunctioned (no surprise there) and that the officer was placed on leave. Why do you think that was? Because he made an error in judgment. I've done that, too, but I was held responsible and accountable for my mistakes.
"Then why would he leave?"
Because historically and continually, black men are still occasionally harassed by DPD in parts of Dallas. It's called profiling and you are fortunate if you have never experienced it. I'm not saying that goes one way. I am white and I have seen it and experienced it first hand in certain parts of Dallas where it is "suspicious" if a white person is in a certain area.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@hilllbillle I wonder if the lawsuit was the mother's idea originally.  Think about it, what is a lawyer's take on a $1mil case against the city? 40%? more?  What are the chances some lawyer saw the potential in this case a solicited it?

I'm not trying to paint the legal profession in a bad light here, I know there are good lawyers out there.  I'm actually curious in a chicken or egg kind of way.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

the ambulance chasing 'profession' don't need no help to look/smell  like ambulance chasers.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...