Cop’s Pepper-Ball Use During Botham Jean Protest Deemed ‘Consistent’ With Policy

Officer Jared Waddle could still face discipline, although it would likely be minor under the current findings, it was reported.

Dallas Morning News said it  obtained internal investigative documents under a Public Information Act request.

The publication reported that according to the documents, the problem was that Waddle “was not currently certified” to use the gun and should’ve inspected it before he used it during the Sept. 10 protest.

New York Daily News quoted the documents as saying that Officer Waddle “was confronted with an unruly crowd and had a lawful order from Sergeant Willie Ford to deny the crowd access to Cadiz street.”

The Dallas Police Association defended the officer, saying he did nothing wrong, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Video of the incident captured national attention, even as there was widespread outrage over Botham Jean’s death at the hands of Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger.

Jean, a 26-year-old PricewaterhouseCoopers analyst, was shot dead inside his own apartment on September 6, 2018.

Officer Guyger, who was fired and has been indicted on a murder charge, claimed that she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers.

According to news reports, Jean lived one floor above her own unit in an apartment complex.

2 COMMENTS

  1. POLICY AND LAW/LEGALITY

    Policy is never about law. It is purely administrative.

    If applied unlawfully or unjustifiably, the applier could never tell a Court that he was merely following a policy.

    To be issued orders to ‘…deny protesters’ access,’ could never mean to use a gun, whether with ‘…pepper or ball.’

    Evidently, this officer may not have been sufficiently informed to know the difference. He may have exercised the worst of ‘…poor judgment.’

    Not a racist, but sure his superior may have been ‘…Caucasian.’

  2. It’s time people understand that policy is not law and if applied improperly,the like consequences will be very high.Businesses and organisations,prepares policies, however,they usually have someone else to administer it.However,when things turns sour, they knows how to mainpulate and get themselves out of it and will Shift the blame. I forewarned you who are holding key positions in these organizations to be careful as to how you administer those policies.

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