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Dallas Police Department Explains "Weekend Incidents Involving Dallas Cowboy Players"

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Last night, a Dallas Police Department spokesman sent an e-mail to media members containing three thing: recaps of weekend incidents involving Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and corner Bryan McCann, along with incident reports detailing what led to McCann's arrest downtown in the wee small hours of the 19th and Bryant's being kicked out of NorthPark Center Saturday night (which Bryant tweets is a "non story" that won't get in his way of stopping by the mall today to pick up "these Lebrons"). He clearly isn't taking very seriously the Dallas PD's warning shot, which was included at the end of its media missive:

Dallas Police Officers are regularly faced with dangerous and stressful incidents. However, dealing with the behavior of high profile professional athletes can place an out of the ordinary stress on our officers due to the potential media scrutiny that may come to bear on their actions. In each of these cases, the outcome could have been avoided if the parties involved had simply complied with instructions given by the involved officers.

The department's recaps, augmented with some highlights from the incident reports, follow.

Weekend Incidents Involving Dallas Cowboy Players

On Saturday, March 19, 2011, at approximately 2:30 a.m., at 1400 Main Street, Dallas Cowboy football player Bryan McCann was arrested by the Dallas Police Department for public intoxication. Arrest records indicate that a companion of Arrestee McCann was involved in a disturbance at a nearby club and was then taken into custody for public intoxication. Arrestee McCann, who was there and had also been drinking, became belligerent with arresting officers when they advised him they could not release his companion's property to him. Arrestee McCann was afforded several opportunities to leave with other companions by officers at the scene, but continued to return to the location of his companion's arrest. A supervisor at the location determined McCann to be intoxicated and he was placed into custody. Arrestee McCann was transported to the city's detox center and routinely released at about 11:30 a.m. A review of the arrest report indicates that the officer completing the report inadvertently failed to check the boxes on the report that indicate that Mr. McCann was a danger to self or others. This was an oversight on the officer's part and will be dealt with in the adjudication process. Multiple media sources have requested copies of police reports, any video from the scene and video from the City's Detention Center. The arrest reports of Arrestee McCann and his companion have been provided. Video footage from the City Detention Center and the arrest of Mr. McCann's companion is currently being held pending review by the City Prosecutor's Office.

Also on Saturday, at about 8:00 p.m., Desmond Bryant was issued a criminal trespass warning by representatives of NorthPark Center when he began using profanity after he and his companions were requested to pull their pants up by Dallas Police officers working off-duty at the scene so as to not expose their underwear and buttocks to other patrons of the center. This action is not a violation of law and officers would have taken no official police action. Mr. Bryant's response to the request was profanity laced [as in, per the police report, "What the fuck, you stopped me like I stole something!"], and center representatives felt the outburst merited a request for Mr. Bryant to leave the premises. The Dallas officers working off-duty at the scene escorted Mr. Bryant to his vehicle during which he continued to use profanity. Mr. Bryant refused to leave the center until an individual he called his "representative" could respond to the location. Mr. Bryant entered his vehicle but parked in a fire lane still refusing to leave, necessitating a request for on-duty officers to respond to the location. After on-duty Dallas officers responded a friend of Mr. Bryant arrived at the location and convinced Mr. Bryant to leave with him. No further action was required. A Miscellaneous Incident Report was completed and has been provided.

According to Bryant's incident report, "The suspect has had a pattern of behavior at NorthPark Center involving security/off duty being involved," including an incident at the Apple store "where he attempted to cut in line" -- which DPD says "escalated to the point where Lt. T. Castro had to intervene. The suspect also received a parking citation for being parked in the fire lane during the past Christmas holidays. The suspect was also invovled in a major disturbance at P.F. Chang's with an unknown female where police were notified but th suspect and the female left before police arrived."

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