After Dallas officer fired, mother of mentally-ill man shot has mixed emotions

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by MARIE SAAVEDRA

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WFAA

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 12:04 AM

DALLAS -- You'd think Joyce Jackson would be happy that the Dallas police officer who shot her son, and who police say lied about his reason why, was fired.

"At first I felt joy, just great joy," she said. "Thank you, thank you, thank you."

But that was before she called her son, Bobby Bennett - still recovering from his bullet wounds - to tell him the news.

"The first words out of his mouth was concern for the officer's family," she said. "'Mom, does he have a wife and children?' I said, 'I don't know, Junior. I don't know if he does or not.'"

And with that, he changed his mother's thinking. She may agree with the decision, but that doesn't mean it feels good.

"When you do something wrong, there's always consequences, a lot of times," Jackson said. "And this was a time that it was caught on tape."

Her neighbor, Maurice Bunch, captured the video that ultimately lead to Dallas Police Officer Cardan Spencer's firing. He came over to Jackson's home Thursday to tell her he, too, feels torn.

"I'm kinda saddened by it, but also at the same time, you've got to take responsibility for your actions," Bunch said. "I mean, it's on tape."

So now, ten days after their lives changed, Bennett is still in the hospital and the officer is out of a job.

But Joyce Jackson does not have peace.

"I wish it had never happened in the first place," she said. "We just have to be strong. And I have to be strong for my son."

Bobby Bennett remains in the hospital due to an infection in his bullet wound. Jackson is not sure when he will be released.

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