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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk acknowledges she had a meeting with Jose Cruz’s family, telling CBS11 she addressed “any concerns the family had.”
She would not go into any details, saying she couldn’t because it’s still an open investigation.
A Cruz family spokesperson says the family has been concerned about the investigation and wheter it would be fair due to the fact the man who allegedly killed their son was a police officer.
Former Farmers Branch officer Ken Johnson was arrested for murder in March after he allegedly shot two teenagers after a short pursuit. Sixteen-year-old Jose Cruz died.
Johnson was off-duty at the time. His attorney said Johnson feared for his life.
The Cruz family spokesperson said Cruz’s mother left the meeting with Hawk last week feeling more at ease but remains anxious about how long it will take before the case goes before a grand jury.
“We needed to make sure the district attorney understood the concerns of the family and that she was fully committed to being independent and proceed based on the facts and the evidence, testimony and not be swayed by a police officers’ union, police officers, or police but that it would be very, very independent and transparent,” said Cruz family spokesperson, Carlos Quintanilla.
There is no time table on when the case will be presented to the grand jury.
The Addison Police Department, which is handling the investigation, is said to be wrapping up all of its findings, collecting videos and interviewing nearly 40 potential witnesses.
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