Duncanville Police Shooting Victim Didn't Receive Medical Help Afterward, Autopsy Says

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In October, the Duncanville Police Department responded to what they vaguely described as a "major disturbance." After they arrived, a 28-year-old man named Clinton Peterson somehow ended up getting shot to death.

The police department admitted this much in a press release published shortly after the shooting. But cops provided no other details about who fired the fatal shots or why there was a shooting in the first place.

"Preliminary reports indicate that shots were fired during a foot chase between two Duncanville Police Officers and an individual. The individual was fatally wounded," says a department news release.

Meanwhile, the three witnesses to the shooting - -who were all either related or close friends with Peterson -- have a disturbing story. They say Peterson was unarmed and running away when a cop shot him in the back of the head for no apparent reason. Afterward, Peterson collapsed on a driveway. The cops then guarded the witnesses from Peterson's body, they say, leaving him there to die without anyone by his side.

"They didn't even check to see if he was dead or alive. They didn't even touch him," Clint's sister Melissa told the Observer last year. We on reported on the shadowy circumstances surrounding Peterson's death in a December feature story.

See also: Clint Peterson Was Killed by Police While Running Away

The Duncanville Police Department has remained silent about most of the case, but we've just obtained a new autopsy report that supports some the witnesses' account of what happened that day.

The Dallas County medical examiner's autopsy report says that Peterson died from a gunshot wound in the right side of his head, directly behind his ear. The path of the bullet was "slightly back to front, right to left, and downward." His death is ruled a homicide.

"There is no evidence of emergency resuscitation or medical therapy," the report says.

The report backs up the witnesses' claim that Peterson was unarmed -- there's no mention of any gun found with his body. The examiners did find wires on his clothing, but this seems to be consistent with the witnesses' story -- that Peterson, a mechanic, had visited his girlfriend's house that morning to mess with her car so she couldn't drive it without calling him again. That's why she called the cops in the first place.

"You're an officer, you're trained, and there's two of you, and you couldn't have tackled the guy?," the girlfriend, Debra Gallegos, said in an interview last year.

The report indicates that Peterson had .44mg/L of methamphetamine in his blood, .05mg/L of amphetamine and some marijuana, a finding not surprising, given that other friends had told the Observer that Peterson had been abusing substances and planned to check into rehab. Still, everyone we spoke with described him as not violent.

Meanwhile, the two officers involved were on paid administrative leave for less than a week before returning to work. "I don't see anything wrong with that decision," Robert Brown, the Duncanville police chief, told us last year.

On the phone yesterday, Brown said he hasn't seen this autopsy report, though we've since sent him a copy and asked for a response.

"Law enforcement officers have the unique authority to remove a person's freedom and to use deadly force. Both an internal affairs investigation and a criminal investigation are being conducted," he wrote back via email. Later, he adds: "Until both investigations have been completed and I know specifically what the facts are, I will not make assumptions on what occurred. I will also support the involved officers until a complete and thorough investigation suggest otherwise."


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18 comments
ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

This is the kind of stuff we need Anonymous to dig into. Names, dates, complaint records.

We have abandoned our Bill of Rights in favor of a police state. And more generally, a 2 tier legal system. If you don't stand up for us on juries, you are part of the problem.

gabbahey
gabbahey

You didn't see much from the Duncanville PD before, chances are, you won't see it again. Somehow I think that this story will not see the light of day again unless the DO stays on top of it. 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

It shouldn't take 4 months for a investigation when a citizen is killed by police.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"I'm not for profiling people on the color of their skin, or on their religion, but I would take into account where they've been traveling and perhaps, you might have to indirectly take into account whether or not they've been going to radical political speeches by religious leaders. It wouldn't be that they are Islamic. But if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that's really an offense that we should be going after — they should be deported or put in prison."---Rand Paul, "Freedom" fighter.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@bvckvs No one takes you seriously.   It has been said.  Spoken by the one.  

ruddski
ruddski

@bvckvs

Fortunately for everyone, including you, no-one takes you very seriously either.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@Sharon_MoreanusIt takes the police a while to come up with the best possible story and to ensure that there aren't any unknown pesky tapes that might cause undue difficulties with the official line

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

“Are you so afraid that you are willing to trade your freedom for security?” ---Rand Paul


Wait.  Didn't he say he would imprison people for attending certain speeches?  Which is it?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  

That Bastard!  Did he really say that regarding the enemy who is trying to incinerate us!

Why, I just told that to a guy yesterday who got half \his face shot off in an unjust war we had no business being in.

After all.  Now I'm skeered of a million radicals who would not normally be radicalized but for Bush, right?

BTW babe, put this on and shut the fuck up.

and walk behind me.

ruddski
ruddski

@WhieWhale

This is one reason cops don't like being filmed, just in case there's an "accident".

ruddski
ruddski

@Myrna

whatever you say, you old anti-government radical, you.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski  Rand Paul's fascist ideology could apply to Ted Cruz's radical religious political father, Rafael Cruz.  I suppose he, and anyone who goes to listen to his speeches, could be deported or imprisoned if Rand Paul had the say so.

ruddski
ruddski

@holman

Been keeping up withe Medea Benjamin "Freedom Fighter" and her efforts to free the Arabs Muslims in Palestine from themselves?

I only mention that to you because if I address the Unfair Park version of Medea Benjamin directly to gloat, it'll unleash a firestorm, and my life as a drag queen will be cruelly mocked, we queens fucking HATE that.

Rand Paul is going places, BTW. Smart cookie, and a good counterpunch to the wing of the Republican Party that believes the best way to beat the democrats is to become the democrats, as per the democrats suggestions.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

“Well, there’s 10 — there’s 10 different — there’s 10 different titles, you know, to the Civil Rights Act, and nine out of 10 deal with public institutions and I’m absolutely in favor of. One deals with private institutions, and had I been around, I would have tried to modify that."---Rand Paul, "Freedom" fighter.
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, or national origin in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, and places of entertainment.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski  

This is also the very reason that every cop should be compelled to wear a functioning body-cam / voice recorder every single minute they are on duty.

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