Dallas mayor condemns alleged beating of suspect

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WFAA and Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 15 at 10:32 PM

DALLAS — The Dallas mayor has condemned the alleged beating of a suspect, hours before the city's police chief was to address the issue at a news conference.

Mayor Tom Leppert told the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the behavior of officers is "absolutely unacceptable." Leppert promises that Chief David Brown will take "decisive action and ... reinforce the integrity and the standards of the Dallas Police Department."

Later, appearing on the News 8 Update, Leppert echoed his earlier remarks and said it was "disappointing" that the tape will now color the way the police department and the city is evaluated.

"We've got several thousand men and women that each day go out and do exactly what they should be doing with our Dallas Police Department," Leppert told WFAA's Gloria Campos. "Unfortunately, when you have a situation like this, it impacts them, and it impacts the city."

Leppert offered praise for the police officer who reported the beating to superiors. He also gave credit to Chief Brown for immediately reporting the incident to the FBI.

In an interview with WFAA on Tuesday, the alleged beating victim, Andrew Collins, said he was "very sore." He declined to discuss the September 5 incident.

"Clearly, when we see something like that, that goes beyond training," Mayor Leppert said. "This really goes to common sense. You simply don't do these sorts of things."

 

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