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.
Dallas PD, via WFAA Senior corporal Amy Wilbur
"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.More »