Man at center of DPD brutality probe talks to News 8

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on September 14, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 15 at 4:58 PM

NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE

DALLAS — Andrew Collins, the man at the center of a Dallas police scandal and an FBI civil rights probe, spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday.

Dashcam video of the September 5 incident involving Collins is said to show Dallas officers beating him after a brief chase. Three of the officers are on administrative leave and three others are on restricted duty. All six are rookies.

Chief David Brown said the video's release would embarrass the department on a global scale.

News 8 caught up with Collins Tuesday outside his attorney's office. He told us the last few days have been tough.

He came across as very soft-spoken and polite, with no visible injuries.

Andrew Collins was allegedly beaten with a club and fists, and the action was captured on the dash-mounted camera of a police car.

"I'm very sore," Collins said. But when asked how many times he had been hit, he would only say: "I really can't talk about that right now."

Sources tell News 8 that Collins does not appear to be fighting back in the police video. Collins is said to be heard groaning and asking officers to stop in the recording.

We asked him if he was complying with orders given to him by police. "Yeah, ma'am," Collins replied.

The suspect's father, John Collins, went to the attorney's office with him. We asked him what he thought about the existence of a police tape.

"From what I understand, the tape is pretty bad," the elder Collins said. "I don't know what to think; I don't know what to think."

Police said when the tape is released — possibly as soon as Wednesday — it will be damaging to the department.

Collins' alleged crime was driving a motorcycle on a sidewalk. For that, he was chased down and allegedly beaten.

We asked the suspect about his psychological condition. "It's not good," he said. "It's not good right now."

The officers involved in the incident could be fired and prosecuted, with the department facing public humiliation.

Chief David Brown said this incident — involving a African-American man and six white officers — was not racially motivated. Still, he wants to answer concerns from people in the community, so he is planning on meeting with minority activists after the tape is released.

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