For Public Trust, We Need to Finally Know What Happened to a Handcuffed Man Who Died in Dallas Police Custody

To all the frustrating turns that have prevented us from learning exactly what happened to Tony Timpa — a handcuffed man who died in police custody almost three years ago — comes yet another setback this week.We’re troubled that Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot has dropped the misdemeanor deadly conduct charges against Dallas police officers Kevin Mansell, Danny Vasquez and Dustin Dillard. Creuzot said he made the decision “following a lengthy investigation and determination as to the official cause of death.”Certainly, a district attorney has the right to take cases to trial that he thinks he can win. But in this case, we applauded the grand jury indictments in 2017 and believed a trial was necessary so that Timpa’s family — and the public — could finally review the disputed details from this tragic case that stretches back to 2016.  Continue reading...

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