Dallas Police Shoot Unarmed Man After Cop Chasing Suspect Became ‘Tired’

Posted on July 25, 2012


The Dallas Police Department has admitted that one of their own has shot and killed an unarmed man because he was “tired,” while expressing no remorse because the murdered man was “a drug dealer, basically.”

That’s how DPD chief David Brown described James Harper, 31, who was shot and killed by officer Brian Rowden. According to Brown, police were responding to a 9-1-1 emergency call that they now believe was bogus, but led to Harper being chased by Rowden after officers allegedly found cocaine in the house and heard several people fleeing the house, according to NBCDFW.

In a press conference after the murder, Brown said Rowden “chased (Harper) through an alley over three separate fences, during which time, throughout the foot chase, there were three separate fights…Officer Rowden expresses during this entire time he became fatigued and was losing the fight…Officer Rowden then states at this time Mr. Harper said ‘You’re gonna have to kill me.’ And Officer Rowden, fearing for his life and losing the fight, shot Mr. Harper.”

In the press conference, Brown also posited the theory that the 9-1-1 call was bogus and was the result of a rival drug gang trying to get another gang busted.

And after he tries to explain the shooting of an unarmed man, he tries t justify the shooting by saying that Harper had a “wad of money in his pocket” and a “lengthy criminal record.”

“He’s a drug dealer, basically,” Brown told reporters.

Its clear the Dallas police will be covering their tracks by simply painting Harper as a person who doesn’t deserve to live because he was a drug dealer. Before a full investigation, the police are taking it upon themselves to spin this story in their favor to make themselves look as good as possible.

The DPD is no stranger to killing people. In June, a cop with 3 years experience shot a man who, witnesses say, was trying to run away.

Normally, DPS vehicles have a camera on their hood that would have recorded the incident. However, this cop’s car was one of the few that did not.

Dallas residents in the area near the Harper shooting gathered to voice their anger at the police. Video footage from local news crews shows several angry people venting at police. But Chief Brown said they were only doing that because they were misinformed.

But maybe they just know too much. According to the Dallas morning News: “Before today, there had been 13 shootings by Dallas police, matching the total for all of last year. Seven have been fatal. There were 18 shootings in 2010 and 17 in 2009.”