DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – He chose to ignore a frantic mother’s calls for help in the moments after her children were kidnapped at gunpoint. That decision has cost a veteran Dallas police officer his job.
DPD Chief David O. Brown fired Senior Corporal Leslie Richardson more than a month after the incident. Richardson, who joined the force in August 1986, had previously been placed on administrative leave.
DPD also released dash cam video that shows Richardson smoking a cigarette while driving on Illinois Avenue the morning of August 28. You can hear a woman’s voice scream, “That’s him, that’s him, right there.”
The voice belongs to Miesha Kilson, who had just been run off the road by her boyfriend Stephen Douglas. Kilson called police to report that Douglas had a gun and took the couple’s two children.
Despite the fact that Kilson tried to flag him down, Richardson continued to drive past her, yelling, “Right here what, baby? I am on a call!”
Just a minute earlier, dispatcher had announced a “shots fired” call with descriptions of the suspect and the victim involved in the domestic violence disturbance. After Richardson drove off, the dispatcher announced that the suspect was “on Illinois now and that he just grabbed the kids.”
Richardson was in route to a Burglary in Progress call, but he should have immediately cleared himself from that call, according to DPD policy.
Hours later on the same day, the suspect Douglas, was shot by police. After the shooting, Kilson complained that she had unsuccessfully tried to get a DPD officer to stop and help her.
DPD released the following statement regarding Richardson’s termination:
“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that Senior Corporal Richardson placed persons in greater danger than necessary when he failed to take any action as a police officer and made an inappropriate comment to a citizen. The investigation also concluded that he used tobacco product while driving a Dallas police vehicle and failed to immediately clear upon completion of the call he was assigned.”
Richardson has the right to appeal his termination.
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