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Dallas Cop Indicted For Shooting Mentally Ill Man

Dallas Police Department (image via KTVT)

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DALLAS, Texas (AP) – An indictment accuses a Dallas police officer of aggravated assault by a public servant, the second time in two weeks that city officers have been formally charged for shootings.

Cardan Spencer was indicted after a south Dallas resident’s surveillance camera showed him in October shooting a 52-year-old man standing several feet away from him. The video contradicted a police report filed in the case that said Spencer shot Bobby Gerald Bennett only after Bennett lunged at him.

Bennett was wounded and hospitalized for several weeks. Spencer was indicted Thursday.

Former officer Amy Wilburn was indicted for the December shooting of a resident also caught on tape.

Police union leader Ron Pinkston says the indictments are a bad signal to send to officers dealing with potentially life-threatening situations.

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