DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Commissioners are now looking into the role of constables after a deputy refuses to follow the man who had kidnapped and later drowned two of his children on Monday.
The deputy constable told the mother she could not follow Naim Muhammad because she did not have a siren or lights on her constable vehicle.
RAW AUDIO – Dallas Constable’s Radio Call:
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says that needs to change. “When we’ve got people in need out there I want law enforcement to respond to that as soon as possible.”
County Commissioner Maureen Dickey and others were also critical of the deputy’s inaction at a hearing concerning the situation Tuesday. “I don’t know if that happens all the time or not, It was certainly a failing for that deputy constable,” she told the meeting.
KRLD’s Austin York reports:
Precinct 4 constable Roy Williams said the officers want to act, but that the current court has them so afraid to do their jobs they end up not responding. “”The training in you, the officer in you wants to persue, but the current court has the constables so afraid, they’re second guessing themselves.”
The boys’ paternal grandmother told CBS 11 her son was not in his ‘right mind’ and that the deputy’s decision was wrong. “They could have followed him in the car they could have prevent all that from happening.”