Family of man shot by Dallas police wants FBI probe

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 6:07 PM

DALLAS — The family of a man who was shot and killed by Dallas police want an FBI investigation into his death.

Even though a grand jury cleared the officer, the mother of Tobias Mackey said police are lying about what happened the night her son died in October 2010.

"The last words my son spoke was, 'Why did you shoot me? I didn't do anything,'" Sheila Lewis said.

Mackey was shot nine times by Dallas police officer Matthew Tate at an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Bonnie View Road.

Eleven-year-old Xavier Collins was standing in a nearby breezeway and was shot in the arm.

Dallas police say Mackey was told to put his hands up when approached by officers, but refused and started to reach in his pockets. Mackey had also been banned from the complex for allegedly selling drugs there.

The officer was cleared by a grand jury of any criminal wrong doing.

But community activists say the Dallas Police Department and the District Attorney's office have a history of not indicting white officers who shoot minority suspects.

"There is a clear pattern of discrimination, no matter what the color of the district attorney is," said political activist Peter Johnson.

The family claims they met with the Dallas FBI and the agency agreed to investigate. But federal sources did not indicate there was an investigation.

Dallas police released a statement saying, "The investigation of the officer involved in the shooting determined there were no policy or procedure violations."

Officer Tate resigned from the Dallas police. The department said it thoroughly investigated this case and is satisfied the officer did nothing wrong.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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