Kelvion Walker, the Man Shot Monday by Dallas Police, Had His Hands in the Air, Witness Says

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Dallas PD, via WFAA
Senior corporal Amy Wilbur
For a brief moment Tuesday evening, it seemed that the Dallas Police Department had learned something from the case of Bobby Gerald Bennett, in which an officer, unprovoked, shot a mentally ill man in a Rylie cul-de-sac. Rather than waiting for a damning video to emerge showing that Monday afternoon's shooting of suspected carjacker Kelvion Walker was shadier than first reported, they notified the media in an email.

"An independent civilian witness observed the shooting and was brought to Police Headquarters to provide a statement," they wrote. "The witness reported Walker was reclined in the front passenger seat and appeared to be holding both hands up at the time of the shooting."

When, a couple of hours later, The Dallas Morning News published its story on the shooting, complete with a videotaped interview with the eyewitness, it became clear that DPD's revelation was prompted not by a newfound spirit of openness but by potentially embarrassing inquiries from reporters.

See also: Dallas Cops Shot a Schizophrenic Man in Rylie, But It Didn't Go Down Quite Like They Said

In its initial statement on the shooting, released on Monday, police described spotting a carjacked vehicle in the 3600 block of St. Augustine Road. As they were trying to perform a traffic stop, the two men inside the car began to flee. An unnamed officer "engaged one of the suspects exiting the passenger side which led to the officer firing their weapon at the suspect."

The revised account released by DPD on Tuesday describes the incident in greater detail. A 2005 Chevy Malibu, stolen about an hour before from a nearby gas station, was tracked to the 9500 block of Military Parkway using GPS data. Undercover officers set up surveillance on the vehicle. When they spotted two men get into the vehicle and drive away, they radioed to uniformed patrol officers.

Officers Amy Wilburn and Jason Correa responded in separate squad cars. Wilburn activated her overhead flashers and followed as the Malibu sped up, then pulled into the St. Augustine Town Homes. As the vehicle slowed to a crawl in the parking lot of the complex, the driver bailed.

Wilburn caught up with the idling car on foot to put on the brakes, unaware that Walker, 19, was in the passenger seat.

See also: After a Deadly Shooting by Dallas Police, a South Dallas Neighborhood Shows Up and Speaks Out

"Officer Wilburn perceived Walker to be an imminent threat, drew her weapon and discharged it once striking him," according to DPD's release.

Scottie Smith II, a real estate agent who manages the St. Augustine Town Homes property, saw Wilburn fire the shots.

"I don't condone these two young men stealing this car," he said in his interview with the Morning News. "I surely don't condone these two young men driving into my complex and giving my complex this negative publicity.

"But I do not condone an officer shooting a man with his hands up in the air."

Wilburn, a 12-year veteran of the force, has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. Walker was taken to Baylor in critical condition. Police say they are reviewing dash-cam footage as part of an ongoing investigation.

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brandyadcock1977
brandyadcock1977

Absolutely disgusting! I am soo sick of dirty cops who think they can do and get away with anything they want! Cop state it is!! When will we all get together and stand up to them??!!! Just heard of 2 separate incidences where dogs were shot also..ON THEIR OWN PROPERTY for barking and nothing more!!! I hate the cops of today and I have zero respect or confidence in the system of today. IT IS ALL CORRUPT and only getting worse!!! Let's do something people!!!

needtoknow
needtoknow

She should get her job back this is a set up, the car was taken at gun point and there is no hard evidence against her.  They are just chopping people before the truth and a real investigation can come out.  Be like Garland police stand behind your officers good bad or indifferent. 

FEDUP
FEDUP

ONCE again;;;;;;;   The only difference from a criminal and a shit fer brains police officer is they wear a uniform and badge!!!!!


ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

You crybabies. You take away cops' ability to shoot first, and suffer no consequences, and there goes any incentive for the job. Then who would protect us?

rubberduky
rubberduky

Don't be projecting your mental anguish must because your daddy sucked your pee pee back in the day while you molested by the family dog at night. Rough childhood I'd say ?

rubberduky
rubberduky

Here is my beef once and for all with the Observer and the Houston Press. You FUCKER'S are so negative on your own cities it's unreal. I have lived in both places and have read year after year how the Press continually bashes on every front on all subjects. We already have enough bullshit in the news and they do a great job of that as well. My understanding is those that complain ALL the time about their own dwelling and location and all that encompasses it should just commit mass suicide at the office and call it a night. You fuckers don't know all the details just what the news has offered. I'm sure this officer who's face you have put up on here doesn't need anymore shit now. It's one thing to OBJECTIVELY report goings on, but another to do what you have done for over a decade EVERY SINGLE WEEK.

Jenlyn6
Jenlyn6

So this how this will go "Wilburn, a 12-year veteran of the force, has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation" No one will ever see or know the outcome of the investigation. Officer Wilburn will return to duty. If you ask for a copy of the IA report or the investigation report from DPD, they will send you a letter stating they have sent information to the Texas Attorney General in order to decide if you can see copies. Texas Attorney General will never respond nor will DPD. And then we move on to next incident.

DFWconspiracy
DFWconspiracy

Death by police rates have been steadily climbing these last few years. Not sure why. Are they more aggressive? Is crime more violent? Does anybody really even care?


Sunlight is the best disinfectant. At least they're opening up on this one. Still...I mean his hands were in the air. Jesus, really?


Greg820 is right. Time for body cameras. If we've officially gone past the point of no return and now live in a surveillance society, it should at least cut both ways. Has to be cheaper than plate-scanners. But something tells me body cameras would begin suffering from numerous "malfunctions."

ginger4v
ginger4v

He is a violent felon. She is a police officer. Can anyone really tell me that the police found an independent witness in pg? This supposed witness is a college educated apartment manager? I'm sure he is the one lying but we will never hear about that. The last shooting is is s Dallas off Dixon circle. I heard a suppose church leader say "that officer shot him in the back. I saw the video. That young man was shot in the back!" Was there really video? Did the pos get shot in the back?? Nooo nooo! The me office showed otherwise. So any person that's in pg or anywhere is this city is gonna bs their way to the news for the sole purpose of bashing The job they don't have the balls to perform.

jamessavik
jamessavik

I could have sworn it went:


BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, BLAM


Drop it!

Greg820
Greg820

It's time for body cameras.  The technology is there.  I have been a long-time supporter of Police but this is getting scary.  Now you can't surrender without getting shot?

janderson33
janderson33

Administrative leave for murder...Only in Nazi Amerika.

Catbird
Catbird

This one isn't as bad. At least the man survived. There is a very worrisome trend in this sort of police shooting that leads me to believe that the training they are receiving is different from "peace officer" training from 20 years ago. Could it be that the Federal Fusion Center located in DPD headquarters along with the new DHS Federal Protective Service force which is occupying Dallas has had an effect on the officers attitude toward the use of deadly force? Something is terribly wrong with the police in Dallas. 

smithfix
smithfix

@ozonelarrybWho needs this kind of "Protection"? Be sure to grovel prettily for any thug with a badge, for any reason, SLAVE.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@rubberduky

It's weird how gun violence advocates see folks who report the news as being "negative".


wcvemail
wcvemail

@rubberduky Out of Midol, huh?

ginger4v
ginger4v

DFW. Police shootings are up all over the county. When the economy goes down the toilet (thank you Obama) crime goes up. It's simple logic. All these other assholes on here bitching how "corrupt and pigs" cops are they on the other hand are glad they are out there. If police weren't your shit would be burglarized or simply taken from you, by force!

crashbot
crashbot

@ginger4v 

It takes more "balls" to work on a fishing boat than it does to be a cop. Cop apologists and boot licking sycophants like to whip out that logical fallacy every time someone brings up police malfeasance.  

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@ginger4v

To answer your first question -, yes, there is an independent witness.

It's the police themselves who brought him in.

It's remarkably stupid of you to try to defend the police, by contradicting the police.

.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Stereotype much?  Who, exactly, do you think lives in PG? 

What difference does the education level of the witness make?  Does it take a Ph.D. to observe something with one's own eyes and then give an account of what one saw?

 So, she is a police officer.  OK.  No police officer would ever shoot someone without reason..



http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/10/dallas_police_officer_cardan_s.php

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/10/middle-aged_dallas_man_mistake.php

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/dallas_police_shoot_a_homeowne.php

(By the way, all of these shootings have happened AFTER Dixon, if your clock/calendar needs fixing)

Where do you get that this individual is a violent felon? Walker only has a dismissed 2011 misdemeanor theft against his name, up until now, and he hasn't been charged with anything in this incident as of yet.

I am not anti-police, I have great respect for the law enforcement profession.  But they, like the military, must be held to a higher standard than everyone else.  The more militarized law enforcement gets, the higher the standard needs to be and the finer the scrutiny of their actions must be.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

The last shooting by DPD was Dixon?  Have you not been watching the news since then, did your TV get stolen?

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ginger4v You should take care to stretch before knee-jerking so quickly. Since cops don't get much exercise, you could strain yourself.

ginger4v
ginger4v

Your stupid! It's prob the most illogical statement down this list. Since you have such a loud bark. What don't you go catch a car jacking ass hole and arrest him.

ruddski
ruddski

C'mon dude, if this really were Nazi America, we'd have better domestic autos.

James080
James080

I'm not so much concerned about the training as I am about the screening of police candidates. Dallas has many fine police officers, the vast majority in fact, but there is a definite flaw in the screening process which is admitting some folks who clearly don't have the character or temperament to be police officers.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

I bet u never stood up to any leo, tough guy.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

So sad for you. Sarcasm is fun, but lost on you.

rubberduky
rubberduky

And as your stupid ass can see I have at least 1 like. So I'm not the only one with this perception. Bitch

DFWconspiracy
DFWconspiracy

@ginger4v I seem to remember the economy going into a tail-spin as Bush Jr. was exiting stage left, but that's beside the point. And while your comments are concise and polite, I think you're painting this complex issue in black-and-white terms. Nobody's saying abolish the police; at least, not me. I think people are just saying when a police officer kills an unarmed man, we should step back and ask why that happened. Good day, good sir. 

Truthiness
Truthiness

@ginger4v  Right! Cause if you spew some statement like a fact, "When the economy goes down the toilet, crime goes up." it's on the interwebs and therefore true!  Awesome research Dr. ginger4v!  

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ginger4v Your first sentence is wrong, assuming you meant "country" instead of "county." (There's a difference.) HuffPo, the first link I clicked, reports that 2012 had the lowest number of shootings OF police officers in 60 years. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/radley-balko/police-fatality-statistics-2012_b_1619725.html

Now, if you meant that police shootings OF civilians are up all over the country, you're also wrong, as the FBI reports that the number is about level for the last several years.

wcvemail
wcvemail

If the cops don't shoot people frequently, anarchy reigns. (That means, anarchy wins.) By the way, an organization called the FBI reports that property crimes are down from 2012. 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ginger4v Does your sergeant or other high-school graduate supervisor edit your reports? 

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@ruddski you'd have been sent to the gas chamber long ago being a retarded gypsy

jamessavik
jamessavik

...and our tanks and aircraft would be decades ahead of everybody else.


Uhhhh... right.


wcvemail
wcvemail

@James080 There's an element of peer pressure/conducive atmosphere as well. The shooting officer has been on the force since 2001, so she has presumably been trained and screened appropriately, or this would have happened before. But combine the excitement of new equipment (militarization of police dept.'s) and the increasing "us against anarchy" attitude, and even a screened, trained veteran may feel caught up enough to shoot unnecessarily.

As example of the "us against anarchy" ideology, see ginger4V's reflexive rants on this page.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@James080 Somehow the bad apples get through, but they screened out a friend and wouldnt hire him bc he ADMITTED to smoking weed at 16 years old even though he has been clean since then.  They told him he should have just lied about that since it was so long ago.  Crazy, I know considering they want you to possibly take a polygraph down the line in the process 

Catbird
Catbird

@James080 That's part of it but it's the training as well and it's not isolated to DPD. I'm not giving anyone the benefit of the doubt because this is something new and deadly. The people behind it know precisely what they are doing. 

kirbzone78
kirbzone78

@wcvemailReally. That ginger4V is sad and insane. Another George Zimmerman type. By the way, he is proof, along with OJ Simpson, that when you kill an innocent person you go somewhat crazy.

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