Arlington PD clears officer of wrongdoing related to August scuffle

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by MATT GOODMAN

WFAA

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 11:39 PM

A preliminary investigation by the Arlington Police Department has found the officer sued by a teen’s family after he was filmed slamming her to the concrete did not break any regulations. 

In August, Ofc. Dylan Eckstrom was among the responders called to break up several fights that occurred outside a dance hall near Cowboys Stadium. Cell phone video showed him grabbing a teen and slamming her to the concrete.

That was 15-year-old Kelcey Perry, whose parents sued Eckstrom in a federal court earlier this month. After the video surfaced in August, the Arlington Police Department launched an internal investigation. 

The results from that, according to a release sent to news outlets Wednesday night, found that Eckstrom’s “conduct was consistent with the expectations of the organization and with law enforcement training standards.” 

Eckstrom "stopped a female teen from running across the parking lot to prevent her from engaging in a fight," the release says. 

The release notes that the Perry family has not filed a complaint with the department. The family’s lawyer, Dallas-based Geoff Henley, has not responded to a request for comment. 

The Perry family is suing Eckstrom, not the department, for past and future mental anguish; court and medical expenses; physical pain and suffering; and loss of earnings.

News 8 tried to contact the Perry family Wednesday night, but received no response.

Kelcey Perry was ticketed for fighting in public, which she pleaded not guilty to in September.

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