The Police Blotter: Dallas PD Chief Brown Fires Five, Releases Details on In-Custody Death
On Wednesday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown released that dash-cam video and called upon the Dallas County District Attorney's Office to prosecute three officers involved in the beating of Andrew Collins. Thursday evening, the Dallas Police Department sent word: Brown has fired five more officers for alleged offenses dating back to January 2008. That laundry list, which includes two officers arrested for driving while intoxicated, follows.
Shortly after that release, the department issued yet another statement, this one regarding the in-custody death over the weekend of Freddie Lee Lockett , who, police confirm, had to be Tasered five times before he finally stopped running from officers. Lockett told officers he was "wet" -- in others words, high on PCP that had been " mixed with formaldehyde and dripped onto cigarettes ." Hence, perhaps, his pronouncement, "Satan, I rebuke you!" before deciding to run from the police dressed only in a pair of shorts. His story follows as well.
Update at 12:02 p.m.: DPD has provided video of the gas-station robbery that led to Lockett's arrest, as well as the arrest itself, during which it took several officers to keep him from running away even after five Taserings. The videos now follow. The department has scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference to discuss further.
Chief Brown Terminates Five
It is alleged that on January 26, 2008, Police Officer Dwight Govan engaged in adverse conduct which resulted in his arrest by the Dallas Police Department for Driving While Intoxicated. It is alleged that on January 26, 2008, Police Officer Dwight Govan engaged in adverse conduct when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident and failed to leave identification upon leaving the accident scene. It is alleged that on June 22, 2008, Officer Dwight Govan was involved in a disturbance while off-duty, which resulted in a response by the Addison Police Department. It if further alleged that Officer Dwight Govan was untruthful in his Internal Statement to the Internal Affairs Division. Officer Govan was hired by the Dallas Police Department in January, 1999, and was assigned to the Field Services Division.
It is alleged that on November 10, 2009, Police Officer Larry Ashley failed to complete a required report before the end of his tour of duty. It is alleged that on November 24, 2009, Police Officer Larry Ashley failed to follow the policies and procedures of the Department when he failed to immediately clear from a mark-out after completion. It is alleged that on November 24, 2009, Police Officer Larry Ashley engaged in adverse conduct when he was observed by citizens engaging in inappropriate conduct while on duty. It is also alleged that on November 24, 2009, Police Officer Larry Ashley was untruthful when he gave false information to supervisors. It is further alleged that Police Officer Larry Ashley disobeyed a direct order when he worked an off-duty job after being placed on Restricted Duty. Officer Ashley was hired by the Dallas Police Department in March, 2002, and was assigned to the Central Patrol Division.
It is alleged that between March 20, 2010, and March 23, 2010, Police Officer Tayana McElrath was absent without leave from her duty assignment. It is alleged that on March 20, 2010, Police Officer Tayana McElrath was untruthful when she called in sick. It is alleged that on March 29, 2010, Police Officer Tayana McElrath was untruthful in her Internal Statement to the Internal Affairs Division. It is alleged that on March 17, 2010, Police Officer Tayana McElrath failed to devote her entire time and attention to the business of the Department. It is further alleged that on March 26, 2010, Police Officer Tayana McElrath failed to follow the policies and procedures of the Department when she conducted private business, in an off-duty capacity, while in uniform. Officer McElrath was hired by the Dallas Police Department in November 1995, and was assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.
It is alleged that on August 16, 2009, Police Officer Daniel Babb used unnecessary force during a police incident. It is alleged that on August 16, 2010, Police Officer Daniel Babb entered false information on an arrest report. It is further alleged that on August 16, 2010, Police Officer Daniel Babb engaged in adverse conduct which resulted in criminal charges being filed against him. Officer Babb was hired by the Dallas Police Department in March, 2007 and was assigned to the South Central Patrol Division.
It is alleged that on August 19, 2009, Senior Corporal David Aguilar engaged in adverse conduct which resulted in his arrest by the Plano Police Department for Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Stop and Render Aid. Senior Corporal Aguilar was hired by the Dallas Police Department January 1997, and was assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.Death in Custody Incident
On September 11, 2010 at 11:37 P.M. two officers responded to a theft in progress call at 2995 S. Westmoreland. The complainant informed the officers he had been struck several times in the face, causing the offense to be elevated to a Robbery of an Individual. This offense has been documented on service #255819-X. Officers located the suspect, later identified as Freddie Lee Locket, a B/M/30. Suspect Lockett was dressed in only a pair of shorts when he was detained and patted for weapons. The officers had suspect Lockett set on a curb as they continued their investigation. Suspect Locket got up, began yelling, "Satan I rebuke you!" and then started walking away. The officers gave verbal commands for suspect Locket to stop prior to using their conducted energy device (CED), commonly known as a Taser. The CED had no effect and suspect Locket pulled the barbs out of his chest and ran several blocks to a residence on Spruce Valley Lane. Suspect Locket climbed onto the burglar bars that were attached to the front door, tried to gain entry, then jumped off and informed the officers he was on "wet", a street term for PCP.
The officers requested additional cover elements and Dallas Fire and Rescue (DFR) to their location. Suspect Locket began approaching the officers, forcing them to back up and maintain their distance. Suspect Locket then started smashing his head on a metal mailbox, knocking it out of its concrete base, and causing it to fall to the ground. Suspect Locket again approached the officers, and came within five feet of them when one of the officers discharged his CED, again having no effect. Suspect Locket again tore the barbs from his chest, ran several houses over and attempted to climb a wooden fence. He then ran down Hansboro, grabbed a shoe from the bed of a parked pickup truck and began beating the ground with it. During this entire incident the officers were attempting to give suspect Locket ample space and yelling loud verbal commands for him to stop.
An officer responding to the request for cover approached the scene on Hansboro and exited his vehicle. To avoid a crossfire situation, that officer joined the others in a line, leaving his vehicle running in the street. Suspect Locket ran to the unoccupied squad car, jumped in and attempted to drive away. Officers again deployed the CED on Locket and several officers were able to extract him from the vehicle. As officers were attempting to handcuff suspect Locket, he resisted and attempted to take one of the officer's baton. Suspect Locket was struck with the baton, but continued to resist, and a CED was once again utilized, causing him to fall to the ground. The officers were still struggling to gain control of the suspect when he began to get up again. Another discharge was delivered from the CED and the suspect fell to the ground. A review of the CED discharges indicates that no one continuous discharge exceeded 5 seconds in duration.
At some point during the ground struggle, an officer applied an arm bar and held the suspects torso until he was handcuffed. Suspect Locket was continuously given loud verbal commands to relax and take deep breaths. He was handcuffed, but continued to kick his feet so Flex cuffs were placed on his legs. Suspect Locket was put in the ambulance where paramedics began treating him. Suspect Locket was breathing and talking when placed in the ambulance. He was transported by DFR to Methodist Central where he was pronounced deceased at 1:05 a.m. The cause of death is pending autopsy, and is documented on service #255765-X.
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