ME Report: Man Shot by Officer Not Shot in Back

Group protests officer-involved shootings

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    Protesters outside Dallas Police headquarters held signs claiming police brutality after the shooting of James Harper last week. (Published Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012)

    The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office released its report on the autopsy of a man fatally shot by a Dallas police officer, but the report is not appeasing protesters who say the shooting was not justified.

    James Harper was shot three times, according to the medical examiner's report. He had four entrance wounds -- one in his chest, two in his stomach and one in his arm.

    Hundreds of people gathered near the crime scene shortly after the July 24 shooting after rumors that Harper had been shot in the back circulated in the neighborhood.

    The New Black Panther Party and a handful of Dallas residents protested officer-involved shootings outside Dallas police headquarters Tuesday afternoon. They said they believe race has been a factor in the use of deadly force.

    This year, Dallas has had 14 officer-involved shootings, resulting in eight deaths. Of the eight people fatally shot, five were black, two were white and one was Hispanic.

    Dallas police said Officer Brian Rowden shot Harper during a physical fight after a foot chase. Police say the deadly use of force was necessary because Harper, who weighed 273 pounds, according to the autopsy report, was beating Rowden. Rowden was growing weary during the fight and was forced to shoot Harper, police said.


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