North Texas police chiefs react to 2020 protest indictments

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas County Grand Jury handed over 15 indictments today against three officersand leaders of the Dallas and Garland Police Departments are not happy with the charges.

The indictments stem from the May 30, 2020 protests in Dallas as people reacted to news of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police there.

DPD Senior Corporal Ryan Mabry faces eight charges, including aggravated assault by a public servant and fatal driving.

Former DPD senior corporal Melvin Williams is charged with six counts, also of aggravated assault by a public servant and fatal driving.

And Garland Police Officer Joe Privitt is facing one count of aggravated assault by an official.

They are accused of unlawfully and intentionally threatening protesters with imminent bodily harm using 40 millimeter launchers.

Police say these are non-lethal rubber bullets that won’t kill anyone.

“We give them [officers] and train them to use these tools, and when they use them, they leave a bruise,” said Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association. “I’m sorry, but they’re meant as a complaint against pain… Now they have to worry if they’re going to be charged with a crime?” »

“At this point the system has spoken and so it will be up to the jurors to decide. And that’s not a defense, I just hope someone can look at this through the lens of the officers during these chaotic situations.” , Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan also pointed to the danger of the situation. “Given the dangerous circumstances our officers faced on the night of the riots, I have not seen the evidence against Officer Privitt that rises to the level of criminal conduct alleged by the grand jury.”

Mabry’s attorney, Toby Shook, says his client did nothing wrong and acted appropriately.

Williams’ attorney Robert Rogers said the case was unprecedented and there were a lot of holes in the case.

It is unclear who is representing Privitt in court.

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