DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Days after the family of UNT student Darius “DJ” Tarver called for a federal investigation into his shooting death by Denton Police in January 2020, Police Chief Frank Dixon announced an independent review by the FBI.
“As part of our commitment to transparency, Chief of Police Frank Dixon has asked the FBI Dallas Division to conduct an independent review of the facts in the officer-involved shooting death of Darius Tarver,” the Denton Police Department said in a news release Monday, April 19.READ MORE: Denton High School Pep Rally Canceled Due To 'Unsubstantiated Threat' On Social Media
The FBI accepted the request.
“FBI agents who specialize in evaluating evidence will work alongside the U.S. Attorney’s Office to determine if a federal investigation should be opened. This is a detailed and thorough process. While the review will be conducted as expeditiously as possible, it will require patience until its resolution is determined.,” the police department said.
The Denton Police Department determined its officers acted appropriately last year when they used deadly force on Tarver and “… determined that the officers actions that night did not violate the Civil Service Rules.”
DJ’s father, Kevin Tarver, has questioned the actions of officers since he first watched police body cam video.
It showed the police confronting the 23-year-old who was reportedly acting erratically, shouting in the breezeway of his apartment complex and breaking light fixtures.READ MORE: Duncanville ISD Going Door-To-Door To Encourage High School Seniors Back To Class
Police say he was holding a meat cleaver and refused their commands before he was tased and fatally shot.
Tarver has long argued his son should’ve been treated as someone who was mentally ill and not as a criminal.
“They practiced no de-escalation, they practiced no type of training. they showed no type of training,” said Kevin Tarver. “Their standards are about killing people with mental illness.”
Tarver questions why one of the officers involved has since left the department without explanation.
Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon told CBS 11 News it was not related to the shooting and in an email defended the investigation calling it a thorough and critical review
In March, a grand jury declined to indict the officer who shot DJ, but Tarver’s family still hopes the U.S. Department of Justice will review the case.MORE NEWS: After Canceling In 2020, Addison Oktoberfest Is Back With Thousands Expected This Weekend
Tarver’s father said he also planning to file a federal lawsuit next month.